The statue honoring Jim Thome, the Indians' all-time home run hitter, will be unveiled on Aug. 2 at Progressive Field.

Thome, talking Saturday at Tribe Fest, said he’s overwhelmed.

“All I can tell you it’s going to be pretty awesome,” said Thome, who works as a special assistant for the White Sox. “How do you ever imagine, when you play this game, getting an opportunity to have an organization put a statute up of you? I’m a little lost for words.

“As a player, I don’t even want to say you dream of that. When it happens, when the opportunity comes about, it’s humbling. It’s just a wonderful thing. My family is just ecstatic about it.”

Lakewood sculptor Dave Deming made the statue. It shows Thome pointing the bat toward the mound.

“I started pointing the bat when I was in the minors,” said Thome. “We were playing in Scranton, but I don’t remember the year.”

Charlie Manuel, a minor-league hitting coach for the Indians at the time, suggested it to Thome after watching Robert Redford do it in the movie “The Natural.”

“Charlie had seen a clip of Roy Hobbs (the character Redford played in the movie) pointing the bat,” said Thome. “See, when I got in the box, I was tense, everything was tight. He wanted to create that relaxing feeling in the box for me and pointing the bat did that.

“It got my trigger ready to hit.”

Asked if the statue was life-sized, Thome said, “It’s much bigger than all of us. What’s going to be cool is that it will stay. I mean like, now, in the snow. I always look at Bob Feller’s statue and No. 1 you appreciate the player, but the fact that it’s up all year and people can come see it.

“If you were their favorite player, maybe they pass on a memory to a kid. It’s humbling