"It is a wise father that knows his own child," Shakespeare's Launcelot said in Act 2, Scene 2 of "The Merchant of Venice," and the reverse is also true. Here are 10 ways from MLB.com to make any dad feel even more special this weekend:1.MLB.TV Father's Week sale presented by
"It is a wise father that knows his own child," Shakespeare's Launcelot said in Act 2, Scene 2 of "The Merchant of Venice," and the reverse is also true. Here are 10 ways from MLB.com to make any dad feel even more special this weekend:
1.MLB.TV Father's Week sale presented by Dewar's. All day today, yearly subscriptions are being slashed in half -- to $49.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $39.99 for MLB.TV Single Team packages.
2. Sit down with Dad and vote. The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is now in its final two weeks to decide starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego. Talking with each other about the most deserving All-Stars is a tradition-rich way to share a bond through baseball. He probably will tell you how the National League dominated the game in the 1960s and '70s, or how the American League won 19 of 22 games from 1988-2009.
3. Share #MLBMemoryBank posts. Bank of America invites all fans to post stories and pics of baseball memories with fathers. You know, like this one shared by Astros right-hander Dallas Keuchel:
"My first baseball memory was my dad being my coach. He coached me all through my childhood, but my earliest memory is definitely my dad being my coach and taking me to practice and games. It wasn't the on-field performance ... it was my dad."
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4. Father's Day Collection. The MLB.com shop has its most extensive selection of items for dads, and that includes the same authentic gear that you will see players and coaches wearing during today's games. MLB clubs will celebrate Father's Day by wearing specially designed uniforms for the first time, incorporating light blue into clubs' regular logos against a gray or white background. MLB will donate royalties from the sales of licensed Father's Day jerseys and caps bought at the MLB.com shop to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Hey, it's not every day you see this Kris Bryantjersey around Wrigley Field or this David Ortizjersey around Fenway Park.
5. Take Dad to the game. Go to MLB.com/tickets and treat pops to a game today -- or for a future date. Clubs will be adding their own special touches on Father's Day -- like the Hawaiian Shirt giveaway on Chevrolet Father's Appreciation Day for the Phillies' home game against Arizona; the Dodger Boxers giveaway to the first 40,000 fans in Los Angeles, or the Father's Day Cap giveaway for dads, or kids 12 and under, before the Mets host Atlanta at Citi Field.
6. Play some catch and some R.B.I. 16. Go out in the backyard and have a good laugh as the old man inevitably throws his shoulder out. That's a tried-and-true way to make any father happy and it's part of the rite of passage. So is playing the R.B.I. video game. Every father remembers its early incarnation of the 1980s, and you might bring him up to speed on how far it has come today. Follow @RBIGAME for more.
7. Keep dad in the game. MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are teaming up again for the Home Run Challenge. Go to HomeRunChallenge.org and you can make a simple one-time donation, sign up to receive more information about prostate cancer, and participate in the PCF Home Run Trot to win two all-inclusive tickets to All-Star Week festivities. "The life you save could be your own," said prostate cancer survivor Joe Torre, the Hall of Fame manager and current MLB chief baseball officer.
8. Read all the Father's Day stories we just posted. Find out what Aledmys Diaz's favorite toy was, according to his father Rigoberto. Or how Jackie Bradley Jr.'s dad taught him the importance of hard work, and how Paul Goldschmidt's father helped him grow into the player and person he is today.
9. #FathersDay tweets. While you're posting those #MLBMemoryBank items, make sure you join the overall Trending conversation throughout the weekend and don't forget to mention the baseball stuff.
10. MLB.com Auction. Be on the lookout for club auctions featuring various game-used items from this Father's Day. In the meantime, join the bidding for Mike Trout's game-used Angels jersey he wore last month on Mother's Day. Any father would appreciate it if you bid to get him a dirty first base that was used when Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 2,974th career MLB hit on June 11.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog.