“He’s a special kid.”
—All-Star Jim Thome

“He's a guy who's an intimidating factor on the mound.”
—Teammate Derek Jeter

“For as young as he is, he has a great deal of experience. He's been through a great deal, and he's done nothing but continue to mature and be the pitcher that you see him right now.”
—Fromer Indians manager Eric Wedge

“C.C. is one of our better ball players and one of our better people.”
—Indians GM Mark Shapiro

“He's the real deal.”
—All-Star Darin Erstad

“As long as he stays C.C., he'll be all right.”
—C.C.'s mom Margie

“Compared to C.C., the rest of the guys in the infield look really small.”
—Former Indians manager Charlie Manuel

“You can study his pitches and tendencies, but the view from a video tape is a lot different from the one inside the batter’s box.”
—All-Star John Olerud

“He is one of the best pitchers in the game.”
—Veteran big leaguer Mike Pelfrey

 



Jim Thome, 2002 Topps Heritage


 

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