Today is my 25th birthday and to get back in the blogging mood I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite athletes to rep the number 25.
Barry Bonds is a baseball legend no matter what anyone else tries to tell you. No one in baseball walked more, got intentionally walked more or even hit as many home runs as he did.
Yes, steroids tainted his career (at least to some) but baseball drew crowd and the excitement was at an all-time high when him, McGwire, Sosa and several other big bats were smashing taters to unheard of locations.
Just look at the home run below.
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Derrick Rose is a Chicago legend but did not always wear the number five. After being traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks, Rose decided it was time for a new number. He chose twenty-five to honor Simeon High School legend Ben “Benji” Wilson.
Wilson was a high school basketball prodigy before he was gunned down one afternoon. His number holds a special place not just for Simeon alums like Rose but the bigger basketball community.
Rose wore #25 during his first stint with the Knicks and then again with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons.
Jim Thome wore three numbers during his career. Prior to wearing #25, he wore #59 and #6. But after that 1991 season, it was always number 25.
Thome played for six different teams during career. Many will remember his time with the Cleveland Indians or the Phillies but for me, it was those four seasons for the Chicago White Sox. Thome not only stepped into fill the role of a much needed slugger on the Southside of Chicago but also this Peoria boy got to play for a team in his home state of Illinois.
Those four years seemed a lot longer to me when I was younger. I am just only noticing how short it really was in the grand scheme of thing.
For me, Jim Thome is and always will be one of the all-time great Chicago White Sox players. He hit 134 of his 612 career home runs while in Chicago and even was in the top-15 of the MVP voting in his first season with the team. One of the more unique stories was being able to go trick-o-treating at his house in the south suburbs during those years. He would hand out king-size bars and even have them autographed. Still have it in my freezer to this day.