Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche suddenly and unexpectedly retired from baseball last week for a most unusual reason:
Because White Sox management declared that LaRoche’s 14-year-old son, Drake, would no longer be allowed virtually unlimited access to the team’s clubhouse.
That access included having his own uniform and locker, participating in most team drills and even traveling on the team’s charter flights to away games! According to many people, the kid was present during at least 120 games last year and was a virtual constant presence in what, by all rights, should be an adult workplace.
In my world, that’s kind of crazy. But some folks are now criticizing the team for being anti-family and praising LaRoche for being some kind of Father of the Year.
I have no problem with the children of employees being welcome in the workplace, but only at appropriate times and under appropriate circumstances. I can’t think of any other job in the world where every day is "take your child to work day." And I don’t think LaRoche was doing his son any favors by fostering such an expectation of unreasonable privilege in a kid who already enjoys the blessing of being the child of a multi-millionaire.
LaRoche certainly has the right to retire for any reason. But painting him as a wronged hero for his stance seems misguided to me.
Let us know what you think.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.