Adam LaRoche told teammates: 'I am choosing my son over you guys'

Baseball Adam LaRoche caused a whirlwind of drama when he announced his retirement prior to the season. When news broke that the reason he retired was due to him not being allowed to have his 14-year-old son Drake in the clubhouse, well, things got heated.There were many columns and tweets offering opinions on the subject, but LaRoche stayed quiet. Not anymore. The man who left the White Sox spoke at length with ESPN about retirement and the whole situation that occurred with his son and the team. He also explains why he left $13 million on the table, and why he won't try to recoup it.MORE: Every team's best rookie April performance First, what the hell happened with his kid?After (White Sox manager Robin) Ventura yielded the floor that morning, LaRoche stood before his teammates. "I am choosing my son over you guys," he said. "I cannot tell you how much I hate that I'm even having to make this decision, and how much it crushes me to feel like I could be leaving you guys hanging.""I never took it for granted," LaRoche said. "One, I get to play a game. Two, I get paid an absurd amount of money to play a game. Three, I can have my son with me while I'm doing it. I was pinching myself all the time, wondering, 'What did I do to deserve this?' And I always knew it could get shut down at any point. You could have a manager who just flat doesn't like it. You can have players complain -- Hey, we're tired of having a kid around. There's a chance we could have other guys see Drake and think, 'I'll bring my kid too.' Obviously we can't turn this into a day care. I get it.""I'm not saying this is the way everybody should raise their kid," LaRoche said. "I'm saying I was given the privilege to raise my kid this way by some awesome teams and managers and GMs. Can every parent do it? No. But can we spend more time with our kids? Sure. I feel like I've spent as much time with Drake as you can, and if he were to die tomorrow, I guarantee you I'd be looking back and saying I wish I spent more time with him."And for the $13 million? Will he file a grievance to try and get the money back?"No," he said when asked by the reporter. "I did it. I made the final decision. And I can understand how people look at the $13 million. One, how stupid does somebody have to be? Or how selfish? Suck it up for six months, right?"The entire interview is worth a read as it reveals a lot more about LaRoche's character and will help you understand how a man could walk away from so much money and his profession. One thing is clear throughout the entire interview — LaRoche is doing j

ust fine not being in the dugout.