HOUSTON -- With one son in the organization and the other soon to play junior college baseball, Mark Parent is a proud parent this Father’s Day.
Parent’s eldest son, Jake, was selected in the 36th round of last week’s amateur baseball draft by the White Sox and is bound for Advance Rookie Bristol.
His younger son, Nick, who lost 40 pounds over the last year and graduated from Redding (Ca.) Enterprise High last week, is set to play for Delta Junior College in Stockton, Ca. next season.
“I’m proud of my kids regardless,” said Parent, who played 20 professional seasons, including parts of 13 in the majors. “I told them when they were real young, you don’t want to play baseball. Let’s go surfing or do something. It’s what they chose and it’s nice to have (Nick) with me for most of the summer like last year. I’m proud of my kids no matter what.”
Parent’s younger son transferred high schools before his junior year and had to sit out the entire athletic year, which meant no basketball or baseball.
This season, with the advice from Allen Thomas, the team’s director of conditioning, Parent’s son stuck to a strict diet, which showed his dad even more commitment.
“He just went to practice every day and he didn’t play any games. He showed me a lot by just doing that,” Parent said. “And then losing 40 pounds working out, doing what AT suggested. Watching his diet. When a young kid does that type of thing, it shows that they want, whatever their goal is, they are willing to do whatever it takes. Makes you proud.”
As for Jacob, who Parent jokes wasn’t named after Peavy, dad’s ready to let him go out at it alone. He’ll give his son equipment, advice, but that’s it. His message is the same to his son as it for White Sox players.
“I’m not going to make any calls to (Bristol manager Mike Gellinger) and say play my kid more,” Parent said. “That’s up to him. When anybody is working, they have to get what they get. You think you deserve more? Try better. He’s heard me say it many times to my guys. You don’t like it any better, play better.”
Parent isn’t the only proud father on the club.
Deunte Heath, Nate Jones and Tyler Flowers are three of the team’s newest dads. Flowers said his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Mia Therese, joined him on the road for his first Father’s Day.
Flowers’ 10-month old daughter’s present arrived early in the form of a 3 a.m. wakeup call as he spent the next 2 1/2 hours awake.
“It’s been a lot less sleep, but just how quickly she has evolved and grasped on to different things,” Flowers said. “Crawling, especially in the last few weeks. She’s grasped on to waving hello and goodbye. And she’s inadvertently saying ‘Dada.’ It’s more than you can imagine until you see it.”
Wise gets closer
Dewayne Wise went 1-for-3 with a walk in a rehab game at Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. He’s now 2-for-10 since his rehab assignment began on Friday.
Wise is on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he isn’t sure when Wise will be ready to return to the team.
“It’s a health thing, when he’s ready,” Ventura said. “It’s hard having a guy down there and might not be ready to come up. I’m uncomfortable. You like everything in the tool box when they come up.”
Wins tough regardless of the venue
Ventura was asked late Saturday why the White Sox, losers of 12 of 13 away from U.S. Cellular Field, have struggled so much on the road. But Ventura said winning has been tough for the White Sox regardless of the venue.
“They’re hard anywhere right now,” Ventura said. “It doesn’t matter where we’re at. We’ve got to focus on winning games. It doesn’t matter if we’re at home or in Europe, we’ve got to win games.”