He Was Forced to Choose a $13 Million Contract or His Son—& His Response Just Rocked The Nation
Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche was presented with one tough choice: a $13 million contract or spending time with his son.
For LaRoche, it was a no-brainer. After a 12-year career, he chose the latter.
The 36-year-old was told by general manager Ken Williams that his teenage son Drake was spending too much time in the team clubhouse, and it needed to stop. Drake had become a clubhouse regular to the point where he was called the team’s “26th man.”
“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,” Williams reported to Fox Sports. “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,” he added. “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?”
Well as an all-or-nothing sort of family man, “between” just wasn’t good enough for LaRoche.
The first baseman announced on Twitter that he was retiring this week along with a shout of gratitude to God for letting him play the game and a hashtag that read #FamilyFirst.
“Adam and Drake are probably the most respected people in baseball I ever played with,” outfielder Adam Eaton told Fox Sports. “Drake would clean cleats, he would help out in drills, pick up baseballs when we needed, he didn’t say boo to anybody and was never a trouble in the clubhouse.”
Though Williams wasn’t willing to budge on his 50%-and-under rule, he did commend LaRoche on his decision.
He told the Chicago Tribune, “But talk about a quality life decision, a family decision. He talks about being there for his family, and he put it front and center. I respect and admire that.”
Other players are publicizing their support for LaRoche’s bold move as well.
Teammate Aaron Barrett tweeted: “Thank you @elaroche for showing me what this game is really about! Grateful I got to call you my teammate #Family”
Wow. What an example. Thanks, LaRoche, for showing America that $13 million dollars or not—you can’t put a price tag on faith and family.