Adam LaRoche made the biggest play of his career off the field. LaRoche abruptly retired after 12 years in Major League Baseball. LaRoche was told his son is no longer welcome at practice. LaRoche's son was very well liked by other players who "is a great young man" by Owner Jerry Reinsdorf's admission.
If someone is willing to walk away from the half of a $25 million dollar contract in support of his son, that sends a message. It sends a message to father's around the world that they should stand up for their children even if it means quitting your job. (Yes, LaRoche is in a different financial situation from the typical father). It sends a message to Major League Baseball and employers around the globe that family comes first.
As a father, I am quite proud of LaRoche. I would like to think that if I were in his position I would make the same decision. I would hope all fathers around the world would make the same choice. Though there are many factors to consider, family comes first. I cannot imagine receiving the same fan fare and support if I quit under the same conditions.
This is a situation that is still settling out and there will likely be many developments. The most important point to note, at least for now, is that LaRoche stood up for himself and for his family. He did what he believes is right and told his employer so. Family comes first. Period.