By now, you’ve heard of the weird saga with Adam LaRoche, his son, and the Chicago White Sox. There are plenty of outlets where you can read up on that, including this one, and opinions vary. Mostly the opinions deal with whether baseball is a “real” job, who is in the right or wrong, and whether Adam LaRoche is spoiled. It’s too bad the kid is caught in it, but from every account I’ve read, the kid is cool and is liked by everyone. My wife expressed concerns that the kid isn’t properly educated and some on the internet have wondered whether it’s normal for the kid to be hanging out with his dad in a major league clubhouse all the time. My opinion isn’t really that important and I’m not arrogant enough to make it fact (though I very much enjoyed this opinion even if I won’t go that extreme). Suffice it to say that I am ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about this.
I think the stipulation for allowing his kid into the clubhouse all the time was written into, or at least agreed to in principle, for Adam LaRoche’s contract. If that’s the case, no matter how weird or entitled the situation is, the White Sox reneged on an agreement and that’s bad. The Cubs have weighed in on it (you can pretty much see all their opinions here) and manager Joe Maddon has said he just lets the players deal with it themselves.
Spring training seems a good time to have the kids hang out. Take Jake Arrieta, for example:
— John Baker (@manbearwolf) March 14, 2016
And then there’s probably the most famous kid-on-field incident ever:
Of course, these kids (at the time) were of the younger variety, but there are older batboys in the majors, ball kids, whatever, so seeing kids in the dugout or on the field isn’t out of the ordinary. I do think that baseball players, while they have to stay professional, keep their bodies in shape, and do their best on the field, have a unique opportunity to give their kids experiences that most of us regular peasants don’t. If I had that opportunity, I’d take it as far as I could without pissing anyone off. It’s debatable how many players or staffers Adam LaRoche frustrated, but I do see where he’s coming from even if some people don’t. The most unfortunate thing isn’t that he decided to retire and give up his salary; it’s that, through no direct fault of his own, Drake LaRoche is probably going to get a lot of flak from a lot of strangers and acquaintances now.