We learned on Wednesday that Adam LaRoche retired from baseball, and left $13 million on the table, because the Chicago White Sox asked him to reduce the number of clubhouse visits made by his son, who was a regular there.
Among the many voices taking sides on the issue via Twitter was that of Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, who has made some headlines of his own lately.
My favorite Twitter response, however, came from NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra), who used the moment to provide a humorous take on The Kid in the clubhouse.
This brings us to our Orioles angle.
The Griffeys, Ken Sr. and Ken Jr., were the first father-son combo to play in a major league game together. More than a decade later it was the Raines, Tim Sr. and Tim Jr., who followed suit while playing for the Orioles.
Here’s the box score from Oct. 4, 2001, when the Raines family made history as the second father-son combo in the majors.
Perhaps it looks odd to see two Tim Raines (no suffixes) listed in the lineup, one playing center field and one playing left field. (Heck, it’s strange to see Tim Raines Sr., he of all of four career games for Baltimore, listed as an Orioles player at all.) But it might also provide a solution to the O’s current woes.
Can Adam Jones play center field and a corner outfield spot, too?