So before we nominate LaRoche for Father of the Year, think about that. Let’s also remember that, while $13 million is a lot of money, LaRoche is also a multimillionaire. It’s not like you and me walking away from a $50,000 job and having to worry about not being able to feed our families. It’s far from that.
And what about the young man going to school? I know LaRoche once gave an interview where he said “We’re not big on school,” but wouldn’t the Father of the Year make sure his kid was prepared for his future?
Look, I get it’s cool for a boy to be able to hang out with pro baseball players. Kids love that stuff. I worked in Division I college athletics for years. I sometimes took my kids to games or on road trips, but I never took them into a locker room. That is not where they belong.
The White Sox and LaRoche could have reached some middle ground. The White Sox totally mishandled the situation and LaRoche overreacted, in my opinion.
Perhaps LaRoche saw the end of his career was near and this was an easy way out. I don’t know. All I know is that Drake LaRoche has to take on part of a burden he didn’t ask for and doesn’t deserve.
In Podcast #41, host Gene Gumbs talks about that and a number of other things happening in Major League Baseball spring training camps.
Also in this Episode:
- Jim Kaat presented an interesting idea on how to make MLB less “tired”
- The injuries in LA continue to mount with Andre Ethier now out 3-4 months
- Travis Shaw is making things difficult in Red Sox camp
- A look at the NCAA Tournament
- Steve Pikiell lands men’s basketball job at Rutgers after reach NCAAs with Stony Brook
- My pick for team of the week
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