Adam LaRoche is very likely the richest man ever to attend Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott has sent 8 players to Major League Baseball since 1962 — with LaRoche being by far the most successful. The point is made to emphasize LaRoche’s modest beginnings and how his experience has influenced his values. And also to point out how, financially, La Roche — who has made more than $70 million over his career — has risen far beyond where he probably ever expected.
That’s why when the 36-year-old former first baseman walked away from a $13 million payday this year, astonishing the baseball world, it’s understandable. LaRoche allegedly quit because the Chicago White Sox told him his 14-year-old son Drake was no longer welcome in the locker room. LaRoche was widely applauded for his dedication to family, while in other quarters he was ridiculed by people who aren’t able to bring their children to work either because, you know, it’s work. LaRoche told ABC News he hasn’t “lost an ounce of sleep” over his decision. The effect on LaRoche’s son — having been responsible for making his father quit a dream job — and costing the family $13 million in the process — is harder to estimate.