Adam LaRoche refuses to play without his son around
In the weirdest baseball story in recent memory, White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche has retired after the team asked that his son, 14-year-old Drake, not always be in the clubhouse. The Chicago Tribune wrote a story last season about how Drake LaRoche was practically the team's 26th member, hanging around during both home and road games. He even had his own locker:
The LaRoche father-son locker setup in the Sox's clubhouse at the Cell last year: pic.twitter.com/lvyZV21YOk— Danny Ecker (@DannyEcker) March 16, 2016
White Sox president Ken Williams doesn't think his organization is being unreasonable. He gave a statement to Fox's Ken Rosenthal:
"I don't think he should be here 100 percent of the time - and he has been here 100 percent, every day, in the clubhouse. I said that I don't even think he should be here 50 percent of the time. Figure it out, somewhere in between.
"We all think his kid is a great young man. I just felt it should not be every day, that's all. You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?
Williams has a point. And before you ask: Drake's parents have a special arrangement with his school in Kansas that allows him to take his homework with him on trips.
He is 36 years old and coming off a rough year, but LaRoche forfeits a $13 million salary by retiring. His teammates apparently support his stand, so this story seems far from over.
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