VIDEO: Thome statue unveiling, Giambi honoring Thome
The Indians unveiled Jim Thome’s statue on Saturday night at Progressive Field, on what turned out to be a perfect evening capped by an Indians victory.
At the end of the ceremony, Thome announced that he’d signed a one-day contract and would retire as an Indians player. Here is video of that ceremony in its entirety:
Before the game, after Thome threw a ceremonial first pitch, Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi gave Thome his No. 25 and told him he’d change his number for the rest of the year in a show of respect. Here’s Thome talking about Giambi’s gesture and the emotions of the evening: