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Thomas: PED users' numbers are 'fake'

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Frank Thomas' numbers warrant a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. Everybody knows it, including Thomas.

"The-12 year-run I had was incredible, very historical,'' Thomas said after a fan seminar session at SoxFest on Saturday. "I think I've done enough to be a first ballot.''

That said, such an honor would be humbling.

"Get to the Hall of Fame, you only dream of that,'' said Thomas, who will be eligible a year from now. "I would be speechless.''

Thomas had a lot to say about baseball's performance enhancing drug issue that prevented Barry Bonds and others s from receiving enough votes to make the Hall.

"I wouldn't say I feel bad for them,'' Thomas said. "I respected them on the field but they chose this. They made their own decisions on the field and they have to live with it.

"These guys put up some incredible numbers but they're fake. You look at the PED situation and [cyclist] Lance Armstrong and it's serious out there. I'm thankful I did it the right way and had a good family base that made me outwork everybody else because that's the only way I made it to the big leagues.''

A career .301 hitter, Thomas hit 521 home runs and had 1,704 RBI in his career. The greatest hitter in Sox history, he was the AL MVP in 1993 and '94 and was second to Jason Giambi in 2000 in the MVP voting, which he called "losing an MVP to a guy who admitted using PEDs.''

"Watching all the nonsense unfold and not really knowing what was going on it makes me feel much more proud of my career,'' Thomas said. "I competed in that era and played at a high level. There were a lot of great players and as it unfolds and a lot of it was not the real deal. I know 100 percent of mine was the real deal.''

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