It's back to the originator for Big Jim, seen here in his 1992 Upper Deck rookie card. The varsity-style jacket makes him look like a high school kid visiting the big league clubhouse because the assistant equipment manager owed the kid's uncle a favor from when they were in reform school together.
One of the ways you can judge manager insanity is by how often they have their sluggers lay one down. The managers of the elite sluggers were never all that crazy. In fact, if not for a fateful day in 1994, Thome (seen here in his 1991 Upper Deck rookie card) would have tied the record for fewest career sacrifices by a member of the 500 Home Run Club.
Sacrifice figures for Babe Ruth, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx are sketchy due to the accounting practices of their time.