In a season where Derek Jeter is celebrated by every team the New York Yankees play, the Chicago White Sox tribute to one of their former players seemed a little out of place. A White Sox employee told former White Sox, Matt Thornton that they were going to honor him during Friday's game against his current team, the New York Yankees. When Thornton heard the news he replied, "Are you kidding?"
Thornton played for the White Sox for 7 1/2 seasons from 2006-2013. He was greeted by an ovation from the Sox fans and a scoreboard message recognizing his time in Chi Town. Thornton was pushed out of the Yankees dugout and acknowledged the fans salute. "After playing there for so long, they know I don't like stuff like that, about me," Thornton said. "I get very uncomfortable when things like that go on."
Although it had to be forced on him a little, Thornton did acknowledge that he enjoyed his time in Chicago. He also felt that it was nice to see his former teammates and coaches in his return to Cellular Field. "They kind of ambushed me, and were like, 'Hey, whether you like it or not'. It was nice to see my teammates and coaches and the staff over there. It was nice."
Thornton played on some talented teams in Chicago, although he wishes they had a little more success while he was there. "I wish we could have won more, Thornton said. "We had a lot of great guys, a lot of great friends over there. I thought we had some really good teams at times. We made the playoffs once in my time there, but I have a lot of great memories."
In his first season with the New York, Thornton is still trying to solidify his role as a Yankee. "I'm just trying to find consistency for myself. I need to get those outs. They're big outs, big situations, and I need to make sure that I do my job," Thornton said.
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