Men of lesser fortitude might sooner crumble than overcome a late-May batting average under .200. Jim Thome didn't hang his head or reach for an excuse. He weathered daily criticism from the town he's dedicated his career to, and -- eventually -- he caught fire. Posting the best offensive statistics of his career, Thome has plenty of reason to gloat this season. But you'd never know it by his ceaselessly calm demeanor. Jim Thome may be just another coddled millionaire athlete, but he's our coddled millionaire athlete. Someone should write a song about him.