(CBS) Former White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Adam LaRoche has opened up a bit more after his abrupt retirement in mid-March after a fallout with the organization over how much time his son could spend around the team.
On Tuesday morning, LaRoche and 14-year-old Drake appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot's $16.7 Billion Budget Plan On Track For Approval Next Week After Second Key Committee Vote
“I haven’t lost an ounce of sleep,” LaRoche said of his decision. “I mean, I have zero regrets.”
LaRoche forfeited $13 million in salary by walking away from the game.
LaRoche reiterated that in his 12-year career, no individual had expressed a problem with Drake being around until White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams asked him in March to reduce the time his son spent around the team. Drake was around on a near-daily basis, with a locker of his own as well.
After an initial conversation, Williams made his feelings more clear to LaRoche.
“He just said, ‘Enough’s enough, I don’t want to see your son around here anymore,” LaRoche said of what Williams told him.READ MORE: Crews Working To Open Valve Believed To Be Cause Of Dixmoor's Weeklong Water Woes
LaRoche then took about 20 minutes to decide to retire, he said.
Drake appeared in the “Good Morning America” interview as well.
“Hanging out with the guys,” Drake said when asked about his favorite part of being around the clubhouse. ‘They’re awesome.
“I cleaned shoes most of the time. I just did a little bit of everything.”
LaRoche also briefly commented on his work to fight sex slavery with a non-profit organization in November in Southeast Asia, saying baseball didn’t feel as important after that.
“Having two kids of my own, especially a 12-year-old daughter, it’s impossible not to picture, ‘Man, what if this was my daughter?'” LaRoche said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Department Of Public Health To Begin Offering Free Pfizer And Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots Next Week