Mark Buehrle was in awe the first time he saw Frank Thomas.
“He was the only player I knew who played for the Chicago White Sox,” said the Blue Jays starter.
Buehrle was a 38th-round pick of the White Sox in 1998, signed the next May and, after 36 games in the minors, was in the same clubhouse as Thomas in 2000.
They still keep in touch, via phone.
“I saw him from a distance at the all-star game in Minneapolis when he was working for FOX. I had to dodge him,” said Buehrle who doesn’t enjoy doing TV interviews.
“Frank was a good dude who could hit.”
And on Sunday afternoon, Thomas will be a Hall of Fame dude when he is inducted into Cooperstown along with Atlanta starters Greg Maddux, Tom Galvine and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre.
When Buehrle made his debut on July 16, 2000, Thomas had what was, for him, a typical day: Two hits and two walks in an 11-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.