White Sox pitcher Chris Sale showed support for former teammate Adam LaRoche and his son, Drake, by hanging their jerseys in his locker on Friday.
LaRoche’s career came to an abrupt end when he announced his retirement on Tuesday, responding to a request from the team to keep his son at home for some of its games. President Ken Williams said that his son was with the team “100 percent of the time ... every day, in the clubhouse.”
Sale fired back.
“This isn’t us rebelling against rules,” the lefthander said, “This is us rebelling against BS.”
Chris Sale said Ken Williams told "bald-faced lie," variously blamed teammtes, coaches and management for change in Drake La Roche's access.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 18, 2016
The team reportedly contemplated boycotting a spring training game in support of LaRoche and his son. According to third baseman Todd Frazier, no players asked for Drake to be kept out of the clubhouse.
LaRoche still had one year left on his two-year, $25 million deal with the White Sox. A career .260 hitter, the lefty clubbed 255 home runs and drove in 882 runs with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Nationals and White Sox.
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