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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vegas News: Baseball Legend Frank Thomas Holds Autograph Signing at Meatball Spot

Not the primo Meatball Spot! Pete Rose is going to be as pissed as Tony “The Hat” Cornero!

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Baseball superstar, Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, introduced his new line of Big Hurt MVP Beer at Meatball Spot at Town Square Las Vegas last night.

The former Chicago White Sox MVP enjoyed a delicious dinner of “Top Chef” Carla Pellegrino’s Classic Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce, paired with a side of Spaghetti and Classic Sauce. The four-time Silver Slugger winner polished off his meal with a delicious Strawberry Shortcake Shake.

“I have heard such good things about Meatball Spot from friends and I just had to try it. You can’t go wrong with these awesome meatballs,” said Thomas.

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   1. madvillain Posted: March 23, 2013 at 07:11 PM (#4395085)
Frank is sad in the way all broke former players are sad. His beer kinda sucks too from what I hear.
   2. Gonfalon B. Posted: March 23, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4395091)
For many of those who haven't yet encountered the meatball, the decline is a constant source of anxiety as they wait and hope that some fine day they too..... but alas... MEATBALL doesn't work that way!
   3. deputydrew Posted: March 23, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4395101)
I didn't RTFA, but is Frank really broke? I wouldn't have expected that. He always seemed like a pretty bright guy.
   4. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 23, 2013 at 08:52 PM (#4395118)
He's not broke. I have no idea how introducing a new line of beer implies a lack of financial resources.
   5. Depressoteric Posted: March 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM (#4395180)
Frank is sad in the way all broke former players are sad.
Since when is Frank Thomas broke? You just making up some slander for the hell of it?
   6. Morty Causa Posted: March 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4395187)
He's not sad because he's broke. He just has a slight headache from all that concentrating on making his mark.
   7. bobm Posted: March 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM (#4395189)
Here is one old story about Thomas' finances:

Sports Illustrated
March 13, 2000
Hurtin'
AFTER STRUGGLING FOR TWO YEARS AT THE PLATE, FRANK THOMAS IS TRYING TO RECLAIM HIS PLACE AS ONE OF THE GAME'S PREMIER HITTERS
William Nack [...]

[In 1997] Thomas was at the zenith of his career. He was making $7.15 million a year, and he was about to sign a six-year, $85 million contract extension that would pay him through 2006. In December '96 he had moved his wife, Elise, and their three children—son Sterling, then 4, and daughters Sloan, 2, and Sydney, five months—into their new $8.1 million, 24,000-square-foot gated house inside a gated community in Oak Brook, Ill., the only Chicago suburb with polo fields. The white palace sits on three acres and has eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, six fireplaces, two four-car garages, an 83-by-23-foot indoor batting cage, two turtle doves and this vulture in its pear tree: annual property taxes of $93,24701. [sic] "A dream house," Thomas says.

By December '97, just three months after signing that new contract and one year after moving into the Oak Brook house, the apparently idyllic world Thomas had fashioned began to come apart. He separated from his wife (though he insists, contrary to court records, that he did not move out of the mansion). "It was tough," says Thomas, who declines to discuss the separation. (In November 1999 Elise would sue for divorce, saying Frank had been "guilty of...grounds for dissolution of marriage" that she preferred not to disclose.) [...]

Thomas says he has always had a deep love of music. As he grew rich playing baseball, he began investing heavily in the music business, founding his own recording label, Un-D-Nyable Entertainment, and searching for people to run it and for rhythm-and-blues and hip-hop talent to make it grow. He has yet to strike platinum with any performer in his stable—this summer Thomas is putting out an album by various Un-D-Nyable artists—and he denies reports that he has lost upward of $3 million in the business. "What I've spent is irrelevant," he says. "I still have a studio. It takes one record to turn things around." [...]

Big Hurt Enterprises, the company that marketed him, is "all but defunct," according to the Sun-Times, having slashed its staff from seven to one after Thomas lost or gave up most of his endorsement deals-including the five-year, $5 million contract with Reebok, which was canceled two years early when Thomas began wearing Franklin batting gloves. (One former Big Hurt employee told the Sun-Times that once Thomas signed his first big contract with the Sox, he lost interest in marketing himself; others, including Barb Kozuh, Thomas's former personal manager, say he became distracted by the music business.) Meanwhile, the Frank Thomas Charitable Foundation is inactive, according to the Sun-Times, though Thomas denies this. As for the record company, Thomas cut its staff by more than two thirds because, Kozuh believes, "he has decided to concentrate on baseball."


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1018525/6/index.htm

Note: B-R shows that he was paid nearly $105M over the course of his career.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: March 24, 2013 at 01:52 AM (#4395195)
I was expecting bobm to give us a list of most comparable meatball spots.
   9. bobm Posted: March 24, 2013 at 02:15 AM (#4395198)
   10. Gonfalon B. Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM (#4395572)
Frank Thomas doesn't look very happy, but this guy makes up for it.

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