Adam LaRoche Retires, Passes Up $13 Million Because White Sox Won't Let His Son In Clubhouse

Adam LaRoche made $71,807,500 during his baseball career. He’ll be fine financially after retiring Tuesday from the White Sox, who were about to pay him $13 million for one more season, which would’ve been the most money he made in a single season over 12 years.
What caused him to call it quits with that kind of money on the table? Sounds like he had a falling out with Kenny Williams over bringing his teen son around the rest of the team. The Sox and LaRoche had an agreement that his son, Drake, would be allowed around the team pretty much whenever his dad was at the park.

Just like that.
But there’s always two sides to every story and Williams had something to say. Here’s what he told Rosenthal:

“There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training. This young man that we’re talking about, Drake, everyone loves this young man. In no way do I want this to be about him.
“I asked Adam, said, ‘Listen, our focus, our interest, our desire this year is to make sure we give ourselves every opportunity to focus on a daily basis on getting better. All I’m asking you to do with regard to bringing your kid to the ballpark is dial it back.’
“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?
“I respect the man and his decision. I can’t disagree with what (Blaine Boyer) said about Adam as a person. But I take exception to the ‘evil’ part.”
Boyer said of LaRoche earlier: “He is an unbelievable husband, an unbelievable father, a friend you can only dream of.
“I honestly think this is between good and evil. I know which side Adam lives on. I’m thankful to see the way he’s acting. It’s an unbelievable test of who he is, the husband he is, the father he is.”

Look bro, we get it that you love your kid and want him to experience the baseball world. Maybe you bring in the kid after work like once a week. You know, like normal humans. I get it that the Sox might’ve gone back on their word about allowing the kid unfettered access to the clubhouse. This was bound to happen. It was fine for one year – 2015 – when it turned into a feel good story in the Tribune.
One thing leads to another, times change, LaRoche is asked to dial it way back and he retires. Maybe it was best this happened now so each side can go on with life.

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