They say you can only be a professional athlete if you love your sport more than anything in the world. Clearly, this was not true for Adam LaRoche, the former White Sox, Braves, and Nationals first baseman who retired yesterday. His reason for retiring, the White Sox would not let him bring his kid into the clubhouse every day. Players loved him, and so did die hard White Sox fans who allowed him to grab the nickname of “the 26th man”.
White Sox president Ken Williams said that Drake LaRoche, Adam’s son should come around less frequently than every day, which was his current clip, sighting the idea that in no job in America is everyday bring-your-child-to-work-day. Over this note, LaRoche threw in the towel, passed over 13 million bucks salary to probably not even have to play the field every day, just to spend every day with his son. Wow, that’s devotion. That, my friends, is what it’s all about.
The two things in life I most cherish are baseball and family. For me, its because they go hand in hand. I played little league with my brother while my mom, dad, and if I was lucky, Grandma and Grandpa watched. I park on the couch as much as can in the summer to watch Mets games with my dad and baseball is a universal language that I can speak with essentially anyone in my family and that’s what makes it great. That’s why baseball is “America’s Pastime,” because it cherishes family great, and for Adam LaRoche, the absence of that is why he hung up the cleats. Some things are more important than sports, and family is one of them. If Adam LaRoche is half as good at being a father as he was at hitting homers against the Mets, then Drake LaRoche is a damn lucky kid, and it looks like he is.