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Legendary Baseball Slugger Jim Thome Trends Online For Unbelievably Absurd Reason

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Former MLB slugger and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Thome was trending on Twitter throughout Tuesday for a hilarious reason.

Jack Coleman, a producer for Barstool Sports’ Kirk Minihane show, volunteered for a challenge where he’d be locked in the show’s studio until he could name all 10 of MLB‘s top career home run hitters.

Coleman got the bulwark of the list in the first few hours, but after over 20 hours of streaming, he was missing two. In hour 21 he finally got number 10 on the list, Frank Robinson, by sputtering random combinations of names that other members of the production team were writing on a whiteboard.

That left Thome as the last name on the list.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 24: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins hits a double against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their game on April 24, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins defeated the Indians 4-3. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 24: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins hits a double against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their game on April 24, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins defeated the Indians 4-3. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians catches the throw as Jim Thome #25 of the Baltimore Orioles slides into second for a double during the third inning at Progressive Field on July 20, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images

CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 20: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians catches the throw as Jim Thome #25 of the Baltimore Orioles slides into second for a double during the third inning at Progressive Field on July 20, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians at bat against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 14, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians at bat against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 14, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Coleman would spend the next 15 hours grasping around in the dark, continuing to list a random combination of names.

Even after Thome’s actual wife called in to give him hints, including Jim’s first name, his nickname and his hometown, Coleman was still oblivious.

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 28: First baseman Jim Thome #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies covers first base during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on April 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-2. Hunter Martin/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA – APRIL 28: First baseman Jim Thome #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies covers first base during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on April 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-2. Hunter Martin/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 16: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning on September 16, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-6. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 16: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning on September 16, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-6. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Minihane actually said his name out loud at one point, uttering “Jim Thome still trending in the United States, as is Tom Selleck.” Apparently, the Selleck misdirect really threw Coleman off, as his next guess was “Omar Peterson.”

36 hours into the stream, Minihane was clearly exasperated “Fucking say his name! Say it!” Minihane exclaimed. (RELATED: MLB Team Gambles Heavily On Star Ace, Give Him Biggest Extension For Pitcher Ever)

But, shortly after, Coleman would finally (kind of) get it.

After Mininhane revealed the first letter of the last name was T, Coleman honed in, unconfidently guessing “Jim To-may? Jim Tomay? Tomb?” at which point the overtired Mininhane staff figured “good enough” and handed him a victory.

While the half-hearted victory was good enough for the weathered Minihane staff, Kirk Minihane admitted the win was anti-climactic, claiming, “It ended in the worst way possible. Him not really saying it.”


I agree with Minihane, it hardly counts that he got Thome as “To-may” but I guess he could have literally been there forever if they didn’t give it to him. It’s also hilarious that they got his wife to call in. Meaning there’s an almost 100% chance Thome was aware of this absurd escapade involving his name. What a saga.