Thome definitely has his swing back

In a matter of a month, Jim Thome has put himself back on the map as one of the majors' most feared sluggers.

Originally Published: April 27, 2006
By Jayson Stark |
Editor's note: This is an expanded version of a story that appears in the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine.

The champs staged Jim Thome's "homecoming" the day after Thanksgiving weekend, right there at U.S. Cellular Field. It was all so warm, so fuzzy, so downright all-American, there should have been a marching band playing in the back of the room.

At one end of the podium, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn helped recreate a scene we've witnessed about 1.6 billion times before, holding up a White Sox jersey with "THOME" on its back and smiling for the popping flashbulbs.

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