Bad blood lingers between Thomas, Sox

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

PHOENIX -- It wasn't his giant green Oakland A's sweatshirt which left Frank Thomas speechless.

Although it did look strange to see Thomas taking batting practice in the A's green and white, rather than the Chicago White Sox black and white.

"I don't have anything to say about Chicago," Thomas said, before yesterday's game. "Frank has left the building."

Thomas agreed to take a $3.5 million US buyout from the Sox to get out of his 2006 contract. He then knocked owner Jerry Reinsdorf for not calling before letting him go.

The former first baseman and two-time American League most valuable player said he would not have attended post-season ceremonial functions had he known he wasn't coming back.

And he ripped general manager Kenny Williams.

Williams called Thomas "an idiot, selfish and someone who won't be missed." Yesterday was the first the Sox and Thomas, still recovering from a chronic foot problem, were in the same place at the same time.

"That's good he's not talking about Chicago," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said, "because there are a lot of bullets left in the pistol.

"He didn't have a right to knock Jerry, Jerry was like a father to him. When he knocked them (Reinsdorf and Williams) it hurt me."

Thomas holds the Sox records for home runs (448) and RBIs (1,465). He was hurt most of last season, as Chicago won its first title since 1917. The Sox paid him more than $90 million.

"Frank did a lot for Chicago and the Sox, he's the best player in the franchise history," Guillen said. "But he was wrong saying he should have been on the post-reason roster. He limped to the mound when we had him throw out the first pitch before the Series game.

"We gave Frank a ring, when I left (as a player) we were terrible, when he left we were world champs."

Thomas hit 12 homers in 34 games in 2005, but he became excess baggage when Paul Konerko re-signed and Chicago dealt for Jim Thome of the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I spent a long time there, I said what I said and it's over," Thomas said.

A's manager Ken Macha said Thomas could be ready by opening day, although he will not be rushed.

"Our doctors told us to be very careful with him," Macha said.


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