Eric Thames Once Faked That He Was Charging The Mound In Korea

Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

I’m sure you’re familiar with Eric Thames’ story by now, but for those who might not be — Thames played two seasons in the MLB from 2011-12 before packing his bags to spend the next three years playing in Korea. While he was there, he averaged over 40 home runs and then that’s when the Brewers came calling to bring him back to the United States on a major league deal.

The more we hear about this guy, the more impossible it becomes to hate on him. On the surface, you hear about a player who had very pedestrian numbers over two seasons in the MLB, who then essentially became Barry Bonds in Korea, only to come back and enjoy the same success in the MLB again. At the onsite of this, it was obvious that there were going to be people who were both skeptical and just overall haters once they saw what Thames was doing, but now? I don’t understand how a baseball fan couldn’t love Thames. Unless, of course, you’re a Reds fan, because he’s hit 8 of his major league leading 11 homers off of Reds pitching.

Just from the one month of watching this guy, we know that he has crazy power. We know that he has an intense love for the game of baseball because he went all the way to Korea just to continue playing professionally, and even considered going to Japan before the Brewers came calling. We also know that he’s not afraid of being tested for PEDs because he laughed off the idea of being tested every single day.

What you can also get from that video clip is that he’s a humble guy, because he’s hitting the shit out of the ball, which nobody saw coming, yet he’s standing there telling you that he’s just as surprised as everybody else that this is happening. We also know that he loves drinking beer.

“I figured my days in MLB were over,” Thames says. “When the season ended, I thought, ‘OK, MLB teams don’t want me, let me go to Japan. Then, my agent (Adam Karon) called me and told me that Milwaukee was interested. I’m like, ‘On a major league contract?’ I think everybody in the world was surprised they were willing to give me that kind of money. I’m still shocked myself. I came to Milwaukee before I signed, checked it out, and after an hour I knew it was where I wanted to be. I love the Midwest. I love the hospitality of people. And Milwaukee has great beer. I love beer.”

And if you’re still not an Eric Thames fan after all that, then I leave you with this — that time that he faked like he was going to charge the mound in the KBO All Star Game last year.

I haven’t seen a pitcher shit their pants on the mound like that since the Red Sox got swept in the ALDS by Cleveland.