Frank Thomas recently sat down for an interview with Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Here are a few of the highlights from that discussion. The full transcript can be seen by clicking here:
Q: Be honest, did you think Robin Ventura could be a manager someday?
A: Robin is a good man. One thing about him is he’s very consistent with his personality, and that’s going to be a good trait for a manager. Sure, he’s got a lot to learn. . . . It’s going to take a little time for Robin.
Q: But you had to be shocked.
A: Never really shocked because I told him a few years ago, ‘‘Look, if you’re ever going to get into baseball, you need to be a manager.’’ He’s like, ‘‘Too busy, man. I got my kids.’’ But he’s always had that [manager] mentality. He’ll be fine.
Q: I knew you liked to pound coffee all day before games, but now you’re a beer guy? Big Hurt Beer?
A: When people hear about it, I know the initial reaction is, ‘‘What the hell?’’ But, no, it’s a great brew. I’ve always been a beer connoisseur.
Thomas remains in contention for the vacant hitting coach job with the Pale Hose.