(Belated) Fathers Day...


Rany celebarates Fathers Day in a post so lengthy it would make HSA envious. I'm linking it because it's beautifully written, and a fascinating story to boot. I don't expect many of you to click through or finish it if you do, but maybe somebody will like it! "Baseball, they say, is a game for fathers and sons. I don’t doubt that they are right; I’ve seen Field of Dreams, after all. But baseball is not the only thing that binds fathers and sons together. My father wouldn’t know a double from a double play, but I would be neither the man nor the writer I am today without him. So today, on Father’s Day, I hope you’ll indulge me as I tell you a little about my dad."

Half off White Sox - Braves Tickets


The Chicago White Sox take on the Atlanta Braves next week at US Cellular Field, and Travelzoo subscribers can now get tickets at more than 50% off regular prices. Rookie sensation Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves come to the South Side June 22-24, and tickets start at just $10 (reg. $24) for Upper Reserved seats. Take a look at some of the other available seating options for these games: * Upper Reserved ... $10 (reg. $20) * Upper Box ... $12 (reg. $24) * Bleachers ... $17 (reg. $34) * Lower Reserved ... $17.50 (reg. $35) * Lower Box ... $19.50 (reg. $39) Click here for tickets or more information. Use the code ZOO in the "Promotions and Special Offers" box when ordering. For more information, visit Taxes and fees may apply.

Sale, Chisox Agree On $1.656 Million


When Chris Sale started to slide in the first round of the draft because of signability, it was a surprise that the thrifty White Sox were the team that selected him. Now comes a bigger surprise: the first- or second-rated college pitcher on most draft boards has agreed to terms for a bonus equal to MLB's bonus recommendation for his No. 13 slot a year ago: $1.656 million. Sale will take a physical on Monday and likely will sign his deal on Tuesday. He's the highest-drafted player to agree to terms so far this summer. Sale and Mississippi lefthander Drew Pomeranz were the two best college pitchers in the 2010 draft. In recent years, the top college pitchers who have set themselves apart from the pack usually have received major league contracts. From 2004-09, 11 college pitchers signed big league deals with an average bonus of $3.3 million and a guarantee of $5 million. While Sale will get less money than anticipated, the White Sox will give him every opportunity to crash their big league bullpen, perhaps as early as August. He'll initially report to high Class A Winston-Salem, with an anticipated promotion to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-July. After spending this summer as a reliever, he'll work in the Arizona Fall League as a starter and get the opportunity to make Chicago's rotation in spring training next year.

Rays rise above din of vuvuzela-like horns


Looking to feed off World Cup soccer buzz, the Marlins gave away plastic air horns to fans as they entered the stadium, the toy instruments creating a loud and never-ending soundtrack for the night. Similar to the vuvuzelas that dominate the audio landscape at matches in South Africa, the buzzing of the horns blared from long before the first pitch, and some were still going at the end.

Nation's Soccer Fan Becoming Insufferable


New World Cup thread because OPS Chiburb got upset the kids were playing on the team preview lawn.

Viciedo called up to the MLB, NIX DFA'd


The first major roster move of the year went down after the Sox's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh, as Dayan Viciedo was promoted to the major leagues and Jayson Nix was designated for assignment.

Peavy Injured?


Peavy has "some things with his arm" said Oz.

Sheehan On Kenny


This is an excerpt from his lates newsletter. Subscription info at the link/title. "I’m fascinated with Williams, who started his reign as White Sox GM with some terrible trades, then became a savvy collector of pitching with some ability to win minor deals. Williams taught me that being a GM is a bit like being a player, where you can become better over time, improve, the same way a player can learn the strike zone or develop power or perfect a new pitch. It’s one reason why I like to see owners hire GMs with low profiles who have some upside in the role rather than retreading ones just for their experience. Williams isn’t a bad GM; he’s an above-average GM who had a bad winter. It happens. The idea that his job should be in jeopardy is a bit silly."