Frank-Thomas-steroidsYou could say Frank Thomas has survived the pressure of the game and refused to join in the bandwagon, so to speak.
He proudly spoke of his achievements in a steroid-tarnished sport as he returned to Chicago Thursday.

“We all know that things went on, and that’s the way it was,” said Thomas, whose career boasts of seven White Sox franchise batting records. “I’m not going to kick and scream about it. I had a great career. I’m proud of my career. I’m proud to do it cleanly. I’m proud to be one of the guys who went the extra mile to work, and things worked out for me.

“Coming back here is always great because I can see these guys and remember what I did and who I am every time I walk into this ballpark.”

Thomas hopes for a comeback to Oakland’s lineup after the All-Star break. And despite his recent quadriceps injury, he is sure he can play through 2009.

“I don’t feel 40, but the legs are starting to feel 40,” said Thomas, who was batting .319 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 28 games for Oakland before getting hurt. “I don’t feel like I lost anything before I got hurt.”

Major League Baseball has been hit by scandals regarding rampant use of anabolic steroids by its players. Stemming from the BALCO steroid scandal in 2003, several popular MLB players have been implicated during the federal investigation including Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds, and Gary Sheffield.

The so-called BALCO Affair exploded in June 2003, when sprint coach Trevor Graham had made an anonymous call to the US Anti-Doping Agency regarding a designer steroid creatively called The Clear apparently used by a number of athletes. The Clear, which was later identified as tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), is a performance-enhancing steroid developed by BALCO’s chemist Patrick Arnold.