6/9/2014 10:00 A.M. ET
Ten reasons to give Dad the gift of MLB.TV Premium
Get a subscription to watch live out-of-market games at half the price this week
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
Here are 10 reasons why to give him the gift of MLB.TV Premium for Father's Day:
1. It's Father's Week, and that means an annual subscription from now through Sunday is 50 percent off -- just $49.99. It's also just $39.99 for standard MLB.TV.
2. There are almost 1,500 regular-season games remaining, and those dads will be able to watch every live out-of-market game over the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product. Buy it for yourself if that makes you happy.
3. The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minnesota and the 110th World Series will be streamed live via MLB.TV Premium, a first in 2014. Will the winning league in the former capitalize on that home-field advantage for the sixth consecutive year in the latter?
4. The MLB.com At Bat app -- the best-selling sports app in history -- is also knocked down to only $6.99 for Father's Week, and that's a popular way to use the MLB.TV Premium subscription from anywhere. Dad also would love it if you put that new RBI Baseball 14 game on his mobile phone.
5. "The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature," said 18th-century French litterateur Antoine François Prévost.
6. MLB.TV Premium subscribers have access to every live out-of-market game across more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices, and so far this season it has added Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to the list.
7. Derek Jeter's important final at-bats this season will be happening for even non-Yankees fans to watch, and Jeter himself was one of the first ambassadors of the technology driven by MLB Advanced Media. He played in the first-ever MLB.TV game, collecting his 1,391st and 1,392nd hits on Aug. 26, 2002, and said much later: "Sure, you have access now. Before, I remember growing up and we had the Cubs because they were on WGN, we had the Braves on TBS and then you had to wait for that Game of the Week that came on. Now, I mean, you have access to every team every day if you want. I think it's a great thing for the fans."
8. There are numerous features, including home and away broadcast feeds, clickable line scores so you go right to any previous at-bat in a game and the ability to overlay a live box score over your broadcast. When you are used to watching live MLB.TV games, you come to expect technology beyond passive viewing. Dad should be involved in the games he watches.
9. Players use MLB.TV Premium, and so do their families. "It's been fun to watch, because of the progression of technology," said pitcher R.A. Dickey, who starts Monday night at home for the first-place Blue Jays in a series opener against Minnesota. "One, because it brings the gift of baseball into so many more lives. That's what's first and foremost -- it's awesome. Secondly, it gives my mom [Leslie Wheeler] a chance to watch every time I pitch, which probably should be first."
10. It is easy and automatically successful. Dads want MLB.TV Premium. There are other great gifts for him around MLB.com, such as Father's Day T-shirts, but don't miss a half-off offer for the chance to stay close to his team. Just quickly gift the subscription to him and those 1,493 out-of-market games await the heart of a father.