There are just two weeks before opening day and instead of talking about who’s going to make each team, we are talking about what in my opinion is a very stupid controversy involving former White Sox first baseman Adam Laroche. Laroche retired earlier this week because White Sox GM Kenny Williams asked him to cut back on the time his son Drake spent in the clubhouse.
First of all, I commend Laroche for sticking to his beliefs of family first and that is something I completely agree with, but bringing your kid to work 100% of the time is a bit ridiculous nowhere in the world does that happen so I completely agree with the White Sox organization in that aspect it’s not like he said stop bringing him forever just reduce the amount of time he spent around the clubhouse.
Drake is homeschooled allowing him the opportunity to be around his dad every day. All the reports say that Drake is an amazing kid mature beyond his years, however a 14-year-old around the team constantly is a little much considering the guys in the locker room are adults and sometimes want to use certain language and shoot the breeze with their teammates and coaches that can’t happen with the young man always around.
What I don’t understand is why couldn’t one of Laroche’s teammates come to him and say hey could we have one day a week with just you around? I know it was out of respect for Laroche, but bringing in the front office has created even more controversy because starting pitcher Chris sale believes Kenny Williams lied about the situation, putting an even darker cloud around the organization so close to the start of the regular season.
Ultimately this situation has gotten bigger than ever needed to be I understand where Laroche is coming from because there was a clause in his contract when he signed with the team that his son could be part of the team and last year there was no problem.
One thing you have to think about is the Laroche’s job is to help the White Sox win baseball games and last year he only hit .207 in the DH position, which is a spot in the lineup where you need a lot of production. Somehow I think if he hit 250 with 25 homers this issue wouldn’t even have come about I don’t think.
There are some unwritten rules in baseball and I think one of them includes the clubhouse being a sanctuary, allowing the players to be themselves and create that camaraderie and chemistry needed to help win baseball games. I think having kids in the clubhouse are great because baseball is so demanding and players live seven months out of a suitcase, but I think there has to be some sort of line drawn or rules in place so this situation doesn’t ever become problematic.
The only good thing for the White Sox is it clears 13.1 million financially for the team to spend elsewhere. Image wise it’s terrible because it’s going to be a distraction all year answering questions about a difference in opinion.
The White Sox have been very inconsistent the past few seasons and now they will have this cloud over them, when in reality all they wanted to do is focus on winning baseball games. It’s a shame it came to this and they are talking about this but that’s the reality. I hope it will somehow go away and we can focus on the exciting new season on the horizon.