Let's get up to speed real quick: Adam LaRoche retired on Wednesday because the Chicago White Sox reportedly told him they didn't want his 14-year-old son Drake hanging around all the time. It was a strange story that turned even stranger when it was reported that, as part of signing LaRoche, the Sox agreed to let Drake have a constant presence in the locker room. LaRoche's retirement upset the whole team, especially pitcher Chris Sale, who "screamed" at executive vice president Kenny Williams for causing a split with the LaRoches.
F-bombs aplenty flew during the White Sox's meeting with Kenny Williams. Players so pissed they considered boycott, as @karlravechespn said.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 17, 2016
On Friday, Sale brought LaRoche uniforms to his locker and hung them as a way to honor them. If you look closely, you can spot some writing on both uniforms.
Chris Sale has. Adam LaRoche and Drake LaRoche uniforms hanging in his Whitesox locker— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2016
Apparently, one of those autographs addressed to Sale was written by Drake as a thank you:
Laeoche jersey hanging by Sale's locker, autographed: "To Chris: Thanks for taking care of me. Drake LaRoche"— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 18, 2016
This whole situation is messy, and it doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon:
Chris Sale: The wrong guys walked out of that room, meaning teammate Adam LaRoche, and not #WhiteSox VP Ken Williams— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2016
Chris Sale: This isn't us rebelling against rules. This is us rebelling against BS.'' #WhiteSox.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2016
The #Whitesox players say that LaRoche has made up his mind and will not reconsider. He's done with baseball.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2016
Here's hoping it doesn't get uglier.