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.
Thank u Lord for the game of baseball and for giving me way more than I ever deserved!#FamilyFirst
— Adam LaRoche (@e3laroche) March 15, 2016
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.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) March 16, 2016
If Adam LaRoche was Babe Ruth, the White Sox would have let him move his entire family into the clubhouse.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 17, 2016