Late Wednesday night, I shared my opinion on Twitter regarding my stance on the Adam LaRoche situation with the Chicago White Sox.
My tweet read:
“My take: I can see LaRoche’s point of view. But I can also see the White Sox’s side in not wanting a young kid in the clubhouse.”
From the White Sox’s point of view, having a teenager on the field and in the clubhouse occasionally isn’t a bad thing. Having the kid there all the time can be too much, however.
That I can completely understand.
But there is one issue that doesn’t make sense.
According to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago, the White Sox and LaRoche had agreed that LaRoche’s son, Drake, was allowed to be around the team 100 percent of the time. In fact, that was the deciding factor in LaRoche going to the White Sox.
Support for LaRoche on social media has come from a wide range of sources, including former teammates Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Kyle Long of the Chicago Bears.
Private support for LaRoche has been strong, too.
Shortly after tweeting my opinion on the matter, my phone and direct messages lit up like a Christmas tree with former and current teammates of LaRoche’s, as well as friends of his inside the industry, telling me their experiences with LaRoche and thoughts on the entire situation. With no exceptions, they were all on the same side of the issue.
“One of the finest men I know,” said one former teammate. “I’m proud to call him a friend.”
Another former teammate reached out and called him a “good friend,” with family and faith being his priorities.
Which leads to LaRoche’s son, Drake.
Like his father, you won’t hear a bad word about Drake.
People who have been around Drake have no issues with him. They say he’s a polite, respectful young man who has a great bond with his father.
As one of LaRoche’s former teammates put it, “Players police these kinds of things. If they had a problem with Drake, then they would have taken care of it.”
Others around the game with no ties to LaRoche are monitoring this situation very closely as well.
“From a rational viewpoint, I understand Williams saying this isn’t unlike any other job where you can’t take your kid to work daily,” one MLBPA-certified agent told me. “But it is different than any other job. You’ve got plenty of bad people and bad influences in locker rooms, but you want the guy who brings his son to essentially get kicked out. Doesn’t make sense.”
For a game that is said to be about bringing families closer together, this sure feels like a move in the opposite direction.
How all of this plays out remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Everyone who knows LaRoche is standing up for him and his son.
And that speaks volumes about both of them.