Jim has been a long time regular on the Drury Outdoors DVDs and TV shows over the past decade. With a love of baseball and hunting, he and the DOD Team fit together perfectly in personality traits! With a historic career in Major League Baseball spanning 22 seasons, from 1991 to 2012, Jim hit 612 home runs (7th most all time) along with 2,323 hits, 1,699 RBI's and a .276 career batting average. He was a 5 Time All-Star as well as a Silver Slugger winner, American League Comeback Player of the Year, Roberto Cemente Award Winner, Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner for his community involvement! He has been to two different World Series with the Cleveland Indians and is known for his consistent positive attitude and "gregarious" personality! So much so, that the Cleveland Indians are erecting a Statue in his honor in 2014! Thome currently holds a position with the Chicago White Sox front office and lives just outside of Chicago with his beautiful wife, Andrea, and two children, Lila Grace and Landon.
Growing up in Peoria, IL with a blue collar family, Jim grew up knowing what it was to LOVE the outdoors and the hunting and fishing lifestyles of a simple MidWestern town. Along with that comes the values that us hunters share as a common part of our DNA. Jim to this day is as down to earth as ever and those moments at his "Lodge Two-Five" hunting camp in Illinois with Matt, Mark and Terry are some of his favorites each year. When you throw in the antics of that group and Jim's brother's, Chuck and Randy, who have a recipe for interesting TV day in and day at! You can't look past the fact that Jim and his brothers have harvested some MidWestern GIANTS at Lodge Two-Five over the years, helping to add to the mystic and allure of watching one of Jim's adventures on TV or DVD. Thome is the real deal and thrilled to be on THIRTEEN with the Drury Family.
Former Major League Baseball Player, Current Assistant to Chicago White Sox GM