White Sox pitcher Chris Sale says the situation involving former Chicago designated hitter Adam LaRoche and his son Drake was overblown.
LaRoche retired during spring training after White Sox president Ken Williams said he could no longer bring Drake to the ballpark every day.
The situation gained national attention, but Sale tells Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter in this week’s SI that the mood in the clubhouse was different.
“It was a two-day period of ruffled feathers,” Sale said, “but everyone else was still talking about it when we were working.”
Several players still talk with the LaRoches, Reiter writes.
“I talk to Drake more than Adam,” outfielder Adam Eaton said. “Social media stuff. Drake loves to fish, and I love to fish. He'll just send me a picture of a fish he caught, and I'll send him a picture of what I caught.”
After LaRoche retired, Sale hung the father and son’s jerseys in his locker and accused Williams of telling a “bald-faced lie.”