White Sox player walks away from team in order to keep family first

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CHICAGO, IL – What goes on in a locker room often stays in a locker room.  That seems to be true of almost all sports teams, but for the Chicago White Sox, it’s become a family matter.

Adam LaRoche, a 36-year-old first baseman, retired after being asked by team management to scale back the amount he brought his son to team activities.

“It was 100 percent of the time, everyday, so yeah I asked him to initially just dial it back … even 50% is too much,” White Sox executive vice President Ken Williams said.

LaRoche signed with the White Sox before last season, and his 14-year-old son, Drake, has been present in the clubhouse and on the field for the majority of his time with the team.  Drake even had a locker next to his dad’s.

It’s unclear as to who had an issue with Drake being in the clubhouse, but an ESPN report said White Sox players threatened to boycott Wednesday’s exhibition game in support of LaRoche.




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