CHICAGO -- A new report outlining the career of recently retired White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche had some surprising details.
ESPN featured LaRoche for its upcoming April 25 issue of ESPN The Magazine. The story includes LaRoche's controversial decision to retire, as well as his post-baseball plans. But there was another anecdote about the man that caught ESPN's -- and readers' -- attention.
According to the report, LaRoche and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Blaine Boyer went on an undercover mission in Southeast Asian brothels back in November to help rescue young girls from sex slavery.
ESPN reports LaRoche and Boyer worked with nonprofit Exodus Road and wore hidden cameras to determine the ages of the girls and identify their bosses.
"I was sick," LaRoche told ESPN. "I was thinking about my kids and then thinking about the hundreds of thousands of parents who are searching for their 12-year-old daughters."
Boyer also gave his account of the mission: "Something huge happened there for us," he told ESPN. "You can't explain it. Can't put your finger on it. If you make a wrong move, you're getting tossed off a building. We were in deep, man, but that's the way it needed to be done."
Added Boyer, "Adam and I truly believe God brought us there and said, 'This is what I have for you boys.'"
ESPN speculates that the former infielder's decision to leave baseball can be credited somewhat to his experience in Asia. LaRoche's strange retirement came a few weeks before the start of the 2016 season after he and the team could not come to an agreement over how much time LaRoche's 14-year-old son Drake should be spending in the clubhouse.
LaRoche told ESPN his retirement plans include traveling, as well as spending time at his ranch in Kansas.