Hey Adam, Every Dad Has Your Back


Adam Laroche

Chicago White Sox’s Adam LaRoche, left, and his son Drake walk into the White Sox clubhouse during a photo day before a baseball spring training workout, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

I don’t enjoy talking about the Southsiders, in fact it feels down right dirty mentioning them but this situation is bigger than the game.


Because it is the game.

Baseball is a child’s game. It’s a family game and the simple fact that children not being allowed in clubhouses or times limited should be outlawed. If I could take my son to work, I would everyday.

Baseball players have a unique opportunity to do that so when team Vice President Ken Williams told Laroche to limit his time with his son, well folks, that just ain’t right.

“Tell me where in America you can bring your child to work every day,” White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams told USA TODAY Sports. “And how can you manage it? How can you manage the next guy. And the next guy. That’s not fair.”

Nobody should be told to limit their time with their children. However, Williams is sort of right and a little wrong. The game of baseball takes on mythical proportions and through that dream is that chance to spend as much time with their children as possible.

“We’re all for kids on the infield,” Joe Maddon said with a smile, referring to his corps of talented young infielders. “We were pretty good with that. They have their own lockers. We get them whatever toys that they like. We put their names on their toys. It’s something that we kind of advocate.”

I do believe players should bring their children into the clubhouse at their own risk. Questionable language and other things to consider are there but like anything, it’s the parents responsibility to decide. It’s a father’s responsibility to his children to teach them the right way to do things and there’s probably no greater education than spending time doing the things we love the most.

“Adam and Drake are probably the most respected people in baseball I ever played with. 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,” White Sox Outfielder Adam Eaton said.

The other thing is perhaps another player complained about LaRoche’s son Drake in the clubhouse? We don’t know.

My two cents from one father to another is that it’s always all right to bring children into the clubhouse. In fact, last night my own son Darcy was upset because it was too dark to play baseball in the backyard.

“Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?”

-Ray Kinsella Field of Dreams



  1. Minoring In Baseball · March 21, 2016

    Whether the decision was right or wrong, nothing but respect for LaRoche for putting his family first, and not money. It has to be hard to walk away from the sport but good to know he has his priorities in order.


    • Mark Gauthier · March 21, 2016

      In the end, it’s just a game but I respect what he did. Baseball isn’t like other jobs and the opportunity to be with your children and share in something is pretty unique to the game.

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  2. mlblogscatlovesthedodgers · March 21, 2016

    I get the feeling that he was ready to retire anyway. He didn’t have the best season last year. Why not leave with a splash and have people know your name. Otherwise everyone would be saying “who is that?” But I think that he made a good choice to take his son over the money. Many of the Dodgers have children and we do see them on occasion, but don’t they have school and friends? They made a huge deal about Clayton Kershaw holding his one year old daughter during a press conference. I have never seen her in the dugout at a game but have seen her on Loge level with her mom. I saw Mark Mcgwire’s sons a lot during the games but not all the time.


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