Jonathan Papelbon pays Jim Thome $5,000 for hitting a home run

Jim Thome made an extra $5,000 off his record-breaking walk off HR

6/24/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jun 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies  pinch hitter Jim Thome (25) hugs pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) after Thome hit a game winning walk-off home run during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Rays 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIREApparently, if you want Jim Thome to hit a home run, all you have to do is offer him $5,000.

If the Phillies (or any other team) knew that earlier, they probably could have made a relatively small investment and ended up with the greatest power hitter in the history of baseball. Even if he hit 50 HR, that's only $250,000. Perhaps Jonathan Papelbon was on to something when he offered Thome $5K to hit a home run last night.

Papelbon blew the save in the 9th inning last night against the Rays, letting them score 2 runs to tie the game.

Thome entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning, and hit his 13th career walk off home run.

That saved the game for the Phillies, got Papelbon the win, and put Thome in a class of his own, ahead of some pretty select company.

Previously, Thome was tied for the all-time record in walk off HR. With his 13th, he broke a tie with Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jimmy Foxx, and Frank Robinson.

I know it's a slightly arbitrary record, but those are some amazing names to be associated with.

His blast was the 609th HR of Thome's career. Assuming the BBWAA doesn't pull some insane nonsense like they pulled with Jeff Bagwell, snubbing him in his first year of eligibility, Thome should walk right into the Hall of Fame after he hangs up his cleats.
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