MINNESOTA -- Thankfully for Frank Thomas, his family had to catch an early flight yesterday.
That meant his wife, three children and father-in-law got to see Thomas hit his 500th home run. And they were gone when Thomas got ejected.
"They had to leave for the airport at 1:45. My daughter said, 'Dad, you've got to do it in the first couple of at-bats,'" he said.
But in the ninth, Thomas was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner after being called out on strikes for the second time in the game. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to argue and also got tossed.
"I'm probably the first to get 500 home runs and get thrown out of the ballgame," Thomas said. "That's something I didn't want to happen, but the moment just got the best of me.
"I've still got hunger and desire. You saw that in the ninth inning," he said. "I still care. The game wasn't over in my opinion, and I was up there to battle."
Thomas also had an RBI double and tied his season high with four RBIs.
"You can't upstage 500 home runs. It's hard to do. I'll be lucky if I hit 300," said Hunter, who has 181.
Thomas came up after Matt Stairs' RBI single in the first and sent Silva's 1-2 pitch an estimated 396 feet into the left-field stands.
"I said, 'Let's just get a hit right here.' That's when home runs happen, when you're really not trying to do too much. He hung a slider over the corner and I stayed with the pitch," Thomas said.