CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Stormin' Gorman Thomas doesn't get back to the Lowcountry often, but when he does he seems to take it by storm.
"I brought Wisconsin with me; it's chilly today," he said on a blustery 43 degree afternoon at Joe Riley Park.
Born and raised on James Island, Thomas made his name as a slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers, where he still resides, but he makes it a habit to get back to the Lowcountry to see old friends and watch some Citadel baseball.
"We were talking about James Island back in the 60s and 70s. It's always a pleasure to be back home, seeing old buddies. It's like I haven't skipped a beat," Thomas said between innings of broadcasting the Bulldogs game with Rusty Thomas and Andy Solomon.
Thomas' affection for baseball is the same now as it was when he was an 18-year-old kid drafted out of James Island High School.
"I love the game, I always have and I always will. I miss it with all my heart, I feel like I still can play even though I'm 62 and just had knee replacement surgery so I know I can't. My heart is in it, my heart will always be in it, I watch it religiously and read the box scores every day," he said.
He still is loosely affiliated with the game, making appearances on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers. He goes to the ballpark three of four times a week to watch the game he loves.
"I'd love to coach but as I get older, the window gets smaller. I don't want to go back and ride the bus in the minors even though I made fantastic friends riding the bus," Thomas said.
As far as Gorman Thomas' own career, nobody knows where it will go, but Thomas can always fall back on being one of the best power hitters in Brewers history.
"I wouldn't change anything I've ever done as far as playing ball. Maybe I would have taken a bit better care of myself, it wasn't available then, but I would have worked out regularly through the winter," he said.
Now every spring and summer, you know where you can find Gorman Thomas whether it be in Charleston or Milwaukee.