White Sox support Blackhawks' quest for Stanley Cup

Chicago has agreed to terms with 14 of its top 15 Draft picks so far

White Sox support Blackhawks' quest for Stanley Cup

ST. PETERSBURG -- The White Sox focus will be at Tropicana Field on Saturday, with a first pitch against the Rays set for 3:10 p.m. CT. But with the Blackhawks playing the Tampa Bay Lightning some 30 minutes away in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, with the puck drop around 7 p.m. CT, the White Sox couldn't be blamed for wanting a quickly played contest.

Catcher Tyler Flowers is attending the game, but as of now, few other White Sox players have the needed connections to grab a coveted ticket.

"I've been asking around for people that may have them," said White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton, a die-hard hockey fan, whose brother-in-law will be playing hockey for Michigan St. "I know there's been a restriction that you have to be a Tampa resident in order to get it.

"It is what it is. Probably I'll go home, watch it on TV and hope for a win. We're excited. You can still feel it. You walk around town, and you can tell people are here for hockey, and we're excited to be able to watch them tomorrow."

Stanley Cup games were updated on the video scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field this past week, with the goal horn drawing a rousing reaction at the ballpark whenever the Blackhawks found the net.

"This is something special to Chicago. One of the reasons I signed here long term is how the city rallies around their sports teams," Eaton said. "A lot of other teams don't even realize it. It was cool because you would watch the guys from Houston on the bench, they knew what was going on. I think they knew it was pretty cool what was happening."

"There's something to be said for Blackhawks hockey," said White Sox bench coach and interim manager for the weekend Mark Parent, whose friend, Garth Brooks, canceled his weekend concerts to accommodate the Lightning. "One day, hopefully soon, people will do that for the White Sox. Bulls and the Blackhawks, that really gets the city pumping. That's what's great about it."

Draft news

• Twenty-six of the 38 White Sox selections from the recently completed 2015 MLB Draft have agreed to terms with the team. That total includes 14 of their top 15 picks.

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox top pick at No. 8 out of Vanderbilt, is taking part in the College World Series. He is scheduled to start on Sunday night against Cal-State Fullerton, so any signing news with the right-handed hurler would not come until after the defending champion Commodores were done playing. The newly signed players will first report to Glendale, Ariz., and Camelback Ranch.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.