SARASOTA, Fla. – There aren’t many children in the Orioles clubhouse. That isn’t because the team has a rule or even restrictions on it.
There are few children who are of age to walk around unsupervised as in the case of Adam LaRoche’s 14-year-old son, Drake.
Chris Davis, who has a daughter who’s nearly two wasn’t pleased to hear about LaRoche walking away from the Chicago White Sox.
“It was obviously shocking to hear something like that put on blast. I still have mixed emotions about. Roche is a player I have a lot of respect for, not only as a player, but as a man. I’m proud of him standing up for what he believed in. How is there not some common ground to be found right there?” Davis said.
“A lot of it has to be the timing of when he’s here, when she’s here. I think we have a pretty good understanding as a ballclub and really as an organization; we enjoy having our family around. We enjoy seeing other guy’s families and seeing their kids in the clubhouse, but there’s also a line that has been drawn, and we understand that once you go out on the field.”
Yovani Gallardo, who is new to the Orioles, has his 10-year-old son, Yovani Jr. with him this week.
“It was surprising, to be honest. I’ve never heard of something like that, especially in my opinion. In my case, I’ve never had management step in and basically try to tone down bringing a kid to the ballpark,” Gallardo said.
“It’s not easy being a father. It’s not easy being a dad. He’s here for spring break. He gets to spend that week here during spring training and I try to bring him as much as I can. I tell him to be respectful of everybody else in the clubhouse.”