Before the start of the 2017 Brewer baseball season, if the word Thames came into a conversation, which it almost never does here in America’s Dairyland (Wisconsin), but, if it did, one would probably think of the River Thames from their high school world geography classes. The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England (through London), and at 215 miles in length it is the longest river entirely in England and second longest in the UK.
Here in Milwaukee, we have the longest long ball hitter so far in the majors, Eric Thames. Thames so far this young season has smoked more balls out of the park than any other player in the big leagues. His 11 dingers has himself 4 ahead of his closest contemporary. As a matter of fact his 11 home runs places him 4th in total distance behind 3 entire teams. Eight of which have come at the pitches of the Cincinnati Reds!
The Reds stat is also amazing because after his eighth home run against them Tuesday at the Keg (Miller Park), he became the first player since 1900 to have 8 home runs versus one team in a month. Not to mention the 8 were more than any other player in MLB has as a total!
Not to mention he has been terrorizing Brewer franchise records as well. Thames has the team record for most home runs in the month of April (11) with still 3 games left. The previous record was held by “El Caballo,” Carlos Lee when he slammed 10 round trippers in 2006. Thames also has scored more runs (27) in the month of April so far, Paul Molitor (1987) and Rickie Weeks (2008) previously set that mark at 23.
Eric is a cool cat, and is genuine as the day is long, take it from a guy who is in the clubhouse after every game, this guy is happy to be back in the major leagues, happy to be in Milwaukee, and seems extremely humble. Previous to this season Thames spent 3 years in the Korea playing professional ball, where his nickname translated to “god.”
Was letting last year’s N.L. home run leader Chris Carter go the right move? Only time will tell, but, right now it’s looking really really good.
Sure, there has already been questions about his surge in power (he’s been tested 3 times already this season), but, it doesn’t seem to bother Eric, “so, if people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here everyday, I have lots of blood and urine.”
Tonight the “Bearded Bomber” will spend part of the team’s first off day since April 7th at the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game 6, and I’m sure the love he’ll receive from the crowd when they put him on the big screen will rival that of Milwaukee’s other favorite son,”The Greek Freak,” Giannas Antetokounmpo.