We are about 2 weeks away from the start of the season and Spring Training just took a wacky turn.
If you haven't heard the story Adam LaRoach likes to have his son with him. So much so he home schools him so his son can be with him during spring training and the regular season. Last year his son was at 120/162 games. He also is taking part in team drills during Spring training. Apparently some White Sox players didn't want to confront LaRoach about it so they went to White Sox President Kenny Williams and asked him to deal with it.
Certainly, if the White Sox wanted to scale back Drake’s presence, someone should have told LaRoche during the winter. It at least should have been addressed before spring training.
Instead, it wasn’t until Williams heard complaints, sat down with LaRoche, and told him to scale back his son’s presence in camp. He could still come to camp and be in the clubhouse, but perhaps just half the time. Certainly, not every day.
Well, after their heart-to-heart talk, nothing changed, according to multiple people in White Sox camp.
LaRoche kept bringing his son to the ballpark every day. This went on for at least three or four days. When Williams saw Drake on the field this week, in the middle of a practice drill, standing on the pitcher’s mound, he lost it.
Williams told LaRoche that was it. He violated the privilege. No more clubhouse access.
Williams later relented, and went back to his original request, simply asking LaRoche to cut his son’s clubhouse presence to about half of the time.
And White Sox players are going nuts over this. The "team leader" Chris Sale publically vilified Kenny Williams and stated he doubted Free Agents would want to come here because of this mess.
CF Adam Eaton said they lost a leader in Drake LaRouch. Seriously.
Outside of Jared Fogle I don't know anyone who would want a 14 year old boy in the locker room that much. And he did it for 4 years in a row.
Now when the White Sox lose they will have an excuse all lined up. It's a shame Sale didn't get this hot over the teams shitty fundamentals last year.
And now the Predictions
I'll go old fashioned with the Yankees and Red Sox at the top
Royals and Tigers to fight it out
Tough call. Astros and Angels are 1-2
The Tigers will miss out on a playoff spot
Mets and Nationals by default
Cubs and Pirates with the Cards 3rd and out of the playoffs
Giants and Diamondbacks
Cubs vs Royals in the World Series. Cubs win 4-2!