Adam LaRoche has ‘zero regrets’ over retirement
Adam LaRoche found himself at the center of one of the most controversial stories of spring training when he abruptly retired after a dispute with the Chicago White Sox related to the access his 14-year-old son Drake had to the team. But the slugger stresses he doesn’t regret making the decision, saying it was the best one for his family.
“I haven’t lost an ounce of sleep,” LaRoche said of his decision during an exclusive interview with ABC News. “I mean, I have zero regrets.”
LaRoche recalled how he was “mad at the time” when White Sox general manager Kenny Williams approached him to “dial it back” with Drake — who was a constant presence with the team, even being home-schooled to effectuate the arrangement — something that prompted him to consider retirement a mere “20 minutes later.”
“All I could hear was … ‘I don’t want your son around,'” LaRoche said.
But the retired ballplayer insists he bears no ill-will toward the White Sox.
“I don’t hold a grudge. I don’t hate anybody over there. You know, it just made my decision easy,” LaRoche said, with Drake by his side. “Honestly, it’s not the end of the world to me. And I thank my parents for that. The way I was raised. Because baseball — and I’ve said it before, I don’t want to be defined by this game. I know there’s a lot more to life.”
Specifically concerning Williams, LaRoche says he understands why the general manager approached him in the first place.
“He may have thought [Drake’s presence] was a distraction,” he said. “It’s absolutely reasonable. That’s why I say I really can’t, you know, looking back now, I can’t blame him.”
As far as a possible return to baseball, LaRoche, a devout Christian, says it’s out of his hands.
“I’m going to leave that up to the Lord,” he said. “And if, for some reason, he wants me to go play again, then I won’t be able to turn that down.”
LaRoche walked away from a reported $13 million with his decision to retire. The LaRoche family — Drake, daughter Montana and wife Jennifer – are currently taking a cross-country road trip.