5) The White Sox Kick Kids Out Of Their Clubhouse
Most teams in major-league baseball go out of their way to prove to their fans they are family friendly.
Then you have the Chicago White Sox.
Last winter Chicago tanked to a 76-86 record after a terrible start. After re-tooling Chicago’s roster over the winter with a series of trades (Frazier, Rollins) and free-agent signings (Latos, Avila, Austin Jackson), executive vice-president Kenny Williams wasn’t content to let his work speak for itself on the field.
Instead, he chose to scapegoat the 14-year-old son of free-agent designated hitter mistake Adam LaRoche by kicking Drake LaRoche out of the White Sox clubhouse insisting that his team needed to focus on winning:
"“Unfortunately, we live in a society where kids just aren’t welcome in the workplace on a regular basis,” Pinchuk said. “I think it has a lot to do with staying focused and being an appropriate environment for a child or a teenager."
Get that? The White Sox didn’t lose in 2014 because management made crappy decisions. Oh no. Instead, it’s all a 14-year-old kid’s fault.
As for the “inappropriate environment” for a teenager that Williams cites, just tell me how old your ball boys and clubbies are in Chicago. I’m sure they’re all mature adults.
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The season before, Adam LaRoche had included allowing Drake LaRoche free access to the White Sox clubhouse in his contract so he could spend time with his son. Drake LaRoche was well-liked by the players according to White Sox ace Chris Sale and made himself useful in the clubhouse by cleaning spikes and performing other tasks similar to a ball-boy as well as shagging flies with his dad.
Though, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that some players complained behind the scenes to Williams.
After Kenny Williams issued his decision this spring, LaRoche walked away from a $13 million contract to retire from the game. Get that, LaRoche was so disgusted he refused an eight-figure payday to get away from that toxic organization.
Of course, the 36-year-old LaRoche struggled last season after signing a two-year deal with Chicago. Perhaps Williams hoped LaRoche would walk away when he kicked Drake out of the clubhouse.
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