Adam LaRoche Quit Baseball Because His Boss Said He Couldn’t Bring His Kid to Work Every Single Day
On Tuesday, White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche surprised the baseball world by announcing that he was “stepping away” from baseball, despite the fact that the 36-year-old was set to earn $13 million for his services in 2016.
Initial reports said LaRoche was leaving because of a “personal issue,” so people kind of assumed it must be something serious like marital trouble, or a sick child. You know, the kind of problem you’d give up $13 million to try to fix. However, it turns out that LaRoche’s reason for quitting is actually pretty stupid.
You see, LaRoche quit because White Sox president Ken Williams told him that he couldn’t have his 14-year-old son in the clubhouse every day.
Here’s Williams’ side of the story:
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.
Of course, a bunch of idiot players voiced their support for LaRoche:
Good for you Roche! Nothing like father and son in the clubhouse..It’s a FAMILY game #FamilyFirst
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) March 16, 2016
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) March 16, 2016
But these guys are clearly out of touch with reality.
Family first? Baseball is Adam LaRoche’s JOB. His EMPLOYER was going to pay him $13 million this year to do his JOB. His EMPLOYER has every right to ask Adam LaRoche to focus on doing his JOB instead of being a parent while he’s at WORK earning THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.
It’s really not that complicated. Does your boss let you bring your kid to work every single day? I highly doubt it.
If Adam LaRoche would rather retire than not follow his employer’s rules, that’s totally fine. But don’t go acting like he’s some sort of hero. If you quit your $60,000/year job because you’re employer didn’t let you bring your kid to work, people wouldn’t call you a crusader for family values. They’d call you an idiot.
Hat Tip – [The Score]