Before the beginning of the 2016 major league baseball season, Adam LaRoche abruptly retired. LaRoche had played 12 seasons with several different teams and was set to make $13 million this year alone. So why would a man walk away from $13 million?
Adam started a tradition early on in his career. He brought his son, Drake, to the clubhouse almost every day. Everyone knew that this was the deal; you do not get Adam without Drake. Most people were supportive of it. However, before the 2016 season, the owner of the Chicago White Sox told LaRoche that he would have to “scale back” the time that Drake spent at the clubhouse. Williams told him, “I don’t think it’s appropriate to have your son here 100% of the time or even 50% of the time, so you need to figure out how to handle it.” And Adam did exactly that. He handled it by retiring and walking away from baseball altogether. Adam said this to his teammates: “I am choosing my son over you guys. I cannot tell you how much I hate that I even have to make this decision, and how much it crushes me to feel like I could be leaving you guys hanging.” –Jim L. Wilson and Eric Gibbs
Psalm 127:3–5 (HCSB) “Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, children, a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.”