Baseball Great Frank Thomas Introduces "Big Hurt Beer" in New York at Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

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Former White Sox Star will visit popular baseball bar, sample his product, and chat with fans.

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I'm honored to be the venue where he introduces his new Big Hurt Beer to New York and to be able to make a donation to The NephCure Foundation in honor of Jim Duquette.

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 West 33rd St.) is known for many things, notably baseball and beer. To celebrate Craft Beer Week and the beginning of Spring Training, Foley's welcomes former big league slugger Frank Thomas, who will introduce his new Big Hurt Beer in New York on Monday, February 25, 2013.

The money from the sales of Big Hurt Beer will benefit to The NephCure Foundation, the only organization committed exclusively to support research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome. Foley's is making the donation in honor of MLB's Jim Duquette and his daughter, Lindsey, to whom he donated a kidney last year.

Frank Thomas was a first baseman and DH for the Chicago White Sox from 1990–2005, before he finished out his career with the Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and back-to-back AL MVP (1993-94), Thomas hit 521 home runs, tying Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 18th on the all-time list. A lifetime .301 hitter, the 6 ft. 5 inch, 240 lb. "Big Hurt" won the 1997 AL batting title and had 1,704 RBI, ranking 22nd place all-time, during his 19-year MLB career.

The White Sox retired his number 35 in 2010, and honored him with a life-size bronze statue at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Long an advocate for drug testing in baseball, Frank Thomas was the only active player to be interviewed voluntarily for the Mitchell Report. He will become eligible for consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

"We are proud to have a man of Frank Thomas's stature -- both literally and figuratively -- visit us at Foley's. It's not often that a member of baseball's 500 Home Run Club walks through the door," said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley's. "I'm honored to be the venue where he introduces his new Big Hurt Beer to New York and to be able to make a donation to The NephCure Foundation in honor of Jim Duquette."

"I have heard so much about the baseball memorabilia and wide selection of craft beers at Foley's," said Thomas, who still lives in the Chicago area. “I am looking forward to meeting all the knowledgeable baseball fans at Foley's and giving them an opportunity to step up and try Big Hurt Beer."

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.) is a popular destination among athletes, sports executives, media, and fans, Foley's is located across from the Empire State Building. It features walls adorned with 3,000 autographed balls, bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts that make it one of the best sports bars in America. Foley's is also home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. For more info, call (212) 290-0080 or visit, Facebook or Twitter @foleysny.

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