Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Lunch with a Legend

"Don't sail too high or sink too low. Learn to be good at handling failure. Be the first one to the ballpark. Be the last one to leave. Work hard, don't complain, be a great teammate. Ask other people about themselves. You never know what you might learn. And above all, treat people with respect."

- Jim Thome, in his National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction speech

The words of a legend are seldom forgotten. And now our Velocity partners will have a chance to hear a legend tell his story in his own words, in person.

Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host an exclusive luncheon for our Velocity partners with Cleveland sports legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome, with special guest MLB Network sportscaster and Cleveland-native Chris Rose.

Located at the Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel, the event will include a full lunch, a speech by Jim Thome, a Q&A session with Thome and Rose and social time.

Attire will be casual - we know there will be a lot of excitement happening in Downtown Cleveland on July 9, so no need to dress up just for us!

Important: No registration is required, but all guests must wear their BLUE wristband to gain access to the event.

Complimentary valet parking will be available in front of the Westin Hotel.

Thank you for your support of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's Velocity community initiative. We're excited to see you at this exclusive event!

Jim Thome

Lunch with a Legend

Jim Thome was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class, with the Cleveland Indians hat adorning his head on the plaque. His career as a first and third-baseman spanned 22 years and six teams, and was punctuated with 612 home runs (8th highest of all time).

Only six players in MLB history have totaled over 1,700 walks and 1,699 RBI's: Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Barry Bonds and Jim Thome.

Thome was born on August 27, 1970 in Peoria, Ill. He was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the 1989 MLB Draft. Thome was part of the memorable 1990s Cleveland Indians team that included Sandy Alomar Jr., Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Omar Vizquel, Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez. He hit .314 in 1995 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI, helping to lead the Indians to their first World Series since 1954. At retirement, Thome's numbers read 1,583 runs scored, 612 home runs and 1,699 RBI's.

Off the field, Thome is known for his kindness and generosity. The five-time All-Star officially retired as a Cleveland Indian and a statue of him was unveiled near the Center Field entrance of Progressive Field in 2014.

Chris Rose

Lunch with a Legend

Chris Rose was born January 27, 1971, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He has worked as a sportscaster on MLB Network, NFL Network, Fox Sports, and as the play-by-play announcer for the robot combat show, BattleBots. His career highlights include hosting The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Net, the World Series pregame show on Fox, Intentional Talk on MLB Network, and NFL Network's NFL Total Access, among other appearances. He presented the World Series trophies from 2009-2011.


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