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. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
In one respect, the Indians did lose out because the White Sox upgraded third base by adding Youkilis, and without giving up up much in the process. Youkilis would not have been an upgrade over the current third base platoon of Jack Hannahan and Lonnie Chisenhall unless a change of scenery would have meant a return to the 2008-2010 Youkilis. Had he been traded to the Indians, he would have been playing first base and DHing, not playing third base.
When Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run Friday evening, he took over sole possession of first-place on the all-time walk-off homer list. He was tied with five Hall of Famers (Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, and Mickey Mantle).