Gamecock Nation owes some love to David Roth, father of University of South Carolina standout pitcher Michael Roth. With no sick days left and extenuating circumstances not granted, David decided family comes first and hopped on an Omaha-bound plane to watch his son lead the Gamecocks over Texas A&M in the first game of the College World Series (CWS). But to do that, he had to quit his job in the process.
David regretted missing Michael's two CWS games last year, and decided he would not make the same mistake again. Michael showed his gratitude by pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits.
"That’s really special. My dad has been a huge inspiration for baseball for me. It is definitely nice to have him out here,” said Michael to the Greenville News. Michael also tweeted:
As for the senior Roth's former employer, Steve White Volkswagen Audi in Greenville, things have not been easy, as Gamecock fans have bashed the auto dealer's decision to not grant any extra vacation days for Roth to watch his son pitch in the CWS on Father's Day. The dealer has released this statement in regards to local complaints:
"'The decision to terminate employment with our organization was entirely David Roth’s,' dealership owner Marc White said. 'Again I cannot make further comment about David Roth’s employment with Steve White VW Audi. He is obviously a great dad, and we are proud to have worked with him. He will be missed. The staff at Steve White Volkswagen Audi is cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks in their bid for the College World Series Championship. We are especially praying for the success of pitcher Michael Roth.'"
As for the Gamecocks, they pounded the University of Virginia last night 7-1, advancing to the semifinals, and are well on their way in defending last years national championship.
As for David Roth, South Carolina auto dealers, HIRE THIS MAN!