White Sox players considered not playing in Wednesday's spring training game in support of former teammate Adam LaRoche, ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported.
LaRoche, 36, retired Tuesday after team president Ken Williams told the slugger that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son, Drake, spent with the team.
Players met with Williams on Wednesday to discuss his stance and apparently were united in support of LaRoche. Ace left-hander Chris Sale was one of the most animated, according to Yahoo Sports, at one point telling Williams to stay away from the clubhouse.
According to ESPN, manager Robin Ventura intervened and persuaded the players to play the game against the Brewers.
When the reason for LaRoche's retirement became public Wednesday, Williams said that kids are still permitted in the clubhouse but shouldn't be there every day, saying no job would allow that.
"Sometimes you have to make decisions in this world that are unpopular," he said.
White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton said he and the rest of the team emphatically supported LaRoche.
"We wanted Drake in the clubhouse and we were backing Adam in every aspect," Eaton said. "In that sense we're going to miss him. He chose family over allowing his son to be in the clubhouse, and we respect what he had to do. The man and the character that Adam LaRoche is, we're not surprised he chose his family."
Williams painted the players' opposition to his stance as a positive.
"The way that they banded together to try to protect this young man, and their teammate and everything, I told them, it's admirable," Williams said. "I love the bond that's been created."
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