LaRoche has arrived
After enduring quite a wacky travel experience, Adam LaRoche finally arrived at Turner Field at 2:55 p.m. ET or 65 minutes before he prepared to play first base and bat sixth against the Dodgers.
Carrying a Boston Red Sox bag and wearing jeans and a t-shirt, LaRoche walked into the Braves clubhouse and immediately started receiving playful jabs from his teammates and coaches.
Chipper Jones came around the corner and greeted his close friend with, “I can deal with the frayed jeans, but a t-shirt? Then the veteran first baseman added, “You spend five whole days and they give you a bag?”
After he was traded by the Pirates to Boston on July 22, LaRoche played six games with the Red Sox and then learned on Friday afternoon that he’d been dealt back to the Braves, who had employed him for his first three Major League seasons (2004-2006).
“Does this mean we all get free deer now,” Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez said while playfully making reference to LaRoche’s passion for hunting.
After hitting a career-high 32 homers in 2006, LaRoche was dealt to the Pirates in exchange for Mike Gonzalez.
When Gonzalez greeted LaRoche with a handshake and man hug, the first baseman smiled and said, “I never thought we’d be together.”
When LaRoche learned of this latest trade, his plan was to fly from Baltimore to Boston to quickly pack a few items in his truck and then fly to Atlanta this morning.
His travel problems began when his 8 p.m. ET flight out of Baltimore was delayed for three hours. They were prolonged this morning, when the bomb scare at New York’s LaGuardia Airport caused his flight out of Boston to be delayed.
But LaRoche eventually arrived at Turner Field and donned the No. 22 jersey that had been previously worn by Casey Kotchman, whom the Braves traded to the Red Sox in exchange for LaRoche.
Barbaro Canizares was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett to create a roster space for LaRoche.
Nate McLouth 8
Martin Pado 4
Chipper Jones 5
Garret Anderson 7
Matt Diaz 9
Adam LaRoche 3
David Ross 2
Diory Hernandez 6
Derek Lowe 1