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Associated Press

CHICAGO — Jim Thome now has a gigantic bat to go with a Hall of Fame plaque.

The Chicago White Sox gave the former slugger an appropriate gift during a pregame ceremony before Saturday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Indians, another honor for a player enshrined in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility two weeks ago.

“This is so special,” Thome said prior to the ceremony. “This is my family, this is where I work, this is where we live. … This is really special.”

The White Sox showed highlights of Thome’s time with them as well as his Hall of Fame induction. Just as she did in Cooperstown, his daughter, Lila, sang the national anthem.

Thome got a standing ovation as he walked out of the dugout. The White Sox presented several gifts, including a black 8-foot bat with his name and images of him.

Thome thanked former White Sox star Paul Konerko for attending the induction. He mentioned teammates such as Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik and Joe Crede while praising former manager Ozzie Guillen and his staff as well as White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and team

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