The 'Big Hurt' drops by Cooperstown

By wbng sports

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG BINGHAMTON) In his playing days, Frank Thomas was listed at 6'5" and 240 lbs. Now imagine a man that big looking like a kid in a candy store, and you have a good idea of what it was like when Thomas visited Cooperstown Monday.

"The Big Hurt" dropped by to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and check out where his plaque will hang in a few months.

Thomas is the first hitter of the steroid era to be inducted into Cooperstown.

On Monday, he reflected on his Hall of Fame dreams -- and making them come true the right way.

"This is the top 1-percent in all of baseball that get in these halls and to dream about that as a young kid, that's a huge dream," Thomas said in front of a crowd of media members Monday.

"As a kid, the dream is to be a professional. To make it to the Hall of Fame? You've got to pinch yourself. It doesn't happen to too many and I'm very fortunate for it to happen to me, especially first ballot."

Thomas, the owner of 521 career home runs, said he prides himself on earning every single one with hard work.

"One thing about my career: I'm vindicated because I was the first one to get there every day and the last one to leave, and I made sure I did that every night," he said. "When I retired, I could go home and walk away and feel great about it because I gave everything I had."

"I'm just taking it all in right now. I'm tickled to death. I played in an era that had so many great players -- some were doping, but some weren't. But it was an era people will talk about for a very long time, negatively or positively."

Thomas will officially be inducted into Cooperstown July 27, alongside managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

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