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Oh, brother: Nicky Delmonico makes another Fenway Park memory with oldest sibling

Oh, brother: Nicky Delmonico makes another Fenway Park memory with oldest sibling

BOSTON — Nicky Delmonico’s brother might not have been on hand for his first career homer on Thursday night had he not looked at the upcoming schedule.

Much like most of the family, Joey Delmonico had spent the previous two days in Chicago to watch his younger brother make his major league debut with the White Sox on Tuesday night. He’d made the trip from Florida to see the first two games and share in the excitement, including watching Nicky Delmonico’s first big league hit. But once they noticed where the White Sox were headed, Joey and his wife, Monica, knew they had to come to Fenway Park.

One of baseball’s most storied venues also happens to be the site of the last game the two siblings attended as fans back in 2003. On Thursday, Nicky made Fenway Park even more memorable to the pair when he blasted the first home run of his career in a 9-5 White Sox loss to the Boston Red Sox.

“We were Red Sox fans and we wanted to see the Green Monster,” Joey Delmonico said. “That was the last game me and Nicky went to because we’ve been traveling and went to college. All of us have our summer schedules.

“When we were in Chicago, I looked at the schedule and was like, they’re going to Fenway.

“The fact that Nicky was able to play the Green Monster and play left field, it was so surreal. And after that home run, talk about emotions going wild. We couldn’t even contain it. You can’t write this stuff.”

Nicky Delmonico barely remembers the moment it went by so quickly. Having singled in his first at-bat against Rick Porcello, Delmonico felt a little more comfort when he stepped to the plate in the third inning with the White Sox trailing 7-2. With two on and two outs, Porcello left a first-pitch curveball up and Delmonico hammered it — the exit velo was 105.5 mph — 380 feet for a three-run homer to deep right.

“I made solid contact with it, and I don’t know, I went too fast around the bases,” Nicky Delmonico said. “It didn’t really register that I did it. But it was awesome. It was a great feeling.”

So, too, was calling his brother to let him know about the promotion late Monday night.

Joey Delmonico said he received the call at 11:37 p.m. EST and they immediately began to plan the trip. More than two hours later, he had to remind Nicky to try and rest.

Given all his brother has overcome to reach this point, Joey Delmonico, who played collegiately at Georgia, didn’t want to miss a moment. He and Monica knew they had to extend their trip for a few more days. The homer only made it that much more special.

Nicky Delmonico said he was able to get the ball back and intends to autograph it and give it to his oldest brother.

“If you’d have seen me midgame you would have seen me, with emotions man, we couldn’t contain it,” Joey Delmonico said. “We were in the stands. That’s my best friend, my little baby brother. I love that kid more than anything. This is so surreal. Everything is like, ‘Wake me up, this is a dream.’ And the first home run at Fenway? Come on.

“When we found out Fenway was coming up we had to come here.”

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

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The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.

The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.

While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.

Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:

And this may explain why Vieira was even available:

Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.

What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return? 

This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:

Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."

Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

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Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat. 

The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game. 

Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League. 

With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

It may be Avi Time in Oakland.