Hinsdale resident and former Major League Baseball player Jim Thome is heading to Cooperstown, New York in July. On January 24, 2018, Thome was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame—the result of a lifelong dream and a passionate work ethic. Thome, one of nine baseball players in history to amass 600 home runs, shared his post-baseball playing plans and his thoughts on the perfect day.
1. What is the most inspirational book you’ve ever read and why?
My wife’s first book Walland. Seeing her accomplish that inspired me to wonder about all of the great things we’ll push each other to accomplish throughout the next decades of our lives together.
2. What is one of the most important life lessons you learned from playing baseball?
If you put in the effort, the results will be there.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Stay in your lane.
4. What are your plans now that you’ve retired from professional baseball?
I’m retired from playing but I’m busier than ever. I work as the Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Chicago White Sox; I work at MLB Network as a broadcaster, which requires me to travel to New York about once a month; and most importantly, I’m coaching my 10-year-old son’s travel baseball team.
5. What does your perfect day look like?
Coffee at sunrise with my wife; yoga; spending some time outdoors, preferably at my lodge downstate; listening to my daughter Lila sing; watching my son Landon play a ballgame under the lights on a warm summer night; and enjoying a bourbon at the end of the day with Andrea, reflecting on every moment of it all.