this is "nightline." tonight -- >> thank you, new york. >> as the new york primary numbers pour in, the project the winners in that knock-down, drag-out battle for ballots. >> this one's personal. >> why the hometown showdown matters. the tally that may turn the tide in the race for the white house. and major leaguer adam laroche baring his soul on what spurred him to turn his back on his multimillion-dollar career. putting family first. the exclusive conversation and the undercover mission he says changed him forever. and the brotherly light saber rattling when princes william and harry tr the set of "star wars." and nothing says may the force be with you like a hug from chewy. but first here tonight, the "nightline" 5. ewy. but first here, the "nightline"
and abc's david wright is at clinton headquarters in new york city. david. >> reporter: good evening, dan. from hillary clinton headquarters, where they are celebrating victory tonight. maybe not quite as big a margin as they would have liked. but they're breathing a big sigh of relief. same is true over at the trump headquarters. new york voters came through for both front-runners. new york has both strategic and sentimental importance tonight. >> happy to see people voting. >> reporter: and if you had any doubt, note that donald trump voted here today. >> who are you voting for? >> easy decision. >> reporter: hillary clinton voted here too. >> i love new york. >> new york is a special place. >> reporter: think about that. two front-runners, the candidates closest to becoming their party's nominees, tonight both banking on their home state to help them do it. down on wall street today donald trump's stock was clearly on the rise. >> who's generating excitement in your world? >> donald trump.
i liken him and the people i associate with to like a roosevelt, someone who's going to get in there and make change. and i think it's time for change. >> he speaks your language? >> i don't think for everybody. how many new voters has he brought out? he's brought a lot out. he's brought people who didn't actually vote that want to say something. they're looking -- you know, they're tired of the same old thought process. everybody talks about plans. but when they get in the office nobody executes the plan. >> we live in a reality tv world. >> he's fun to watch. >> he's fun to watch. i mean, he would be interesting -- i would actually watch his state of the union if trump were giving it because you don't know what the heck is going to come out of his mouth. >> reporter: tonight for trump a big victory. >> thank you, everybody. and thank you new york. we love new york. we love new york. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> reporter: it was never really a question of whether he'd win the new york republican primary. so much so he didn't spend a penny on advertising. he cut way back on his tv appearances too. his campaign in the midst of a shake-up.
trump has new york values down pat. >> when he started lecturing me on new york values like we're no good, like we're no good -- >> reporter: that line, "new york values," practically a gift from ted cruz, who created the phrase back in south carolina, intending to mock trump. >> the values in new york city are socially liberal, they're pro abortion, pro gay marriage, focused around money and the media. >> reporter: new yorkers are pretty good at reading between the lines. try as cruz might to spin that line for a local audience -- >> let me be very clear. the people that i was talking about are the liberal new york democrats who have hammered this state. >> reporter: so when cruz finally did show up in new york asking for votes, the crowd in the bronx made it clear that new york values some honest feedback too from time to time. >> you have no business being in the bronx. this is an immigrant community! >> reporter: trump always had it in the bag here.
but will it be enough to help him lock up the nomination to prevent a contested convention? that's the key question now. >> donald trump had a big win tonight. but going forward the math is not easy. in order for him to avoid a contested convention, he has to repeat this kind of performance in the remaining contests. >> reporter: new yorkers celebrated this subway series for the sheer fun of it. to see john kasich chowing down dill pickles. >> best pickles in the world right here. >> we love you. >> reporter: or bernie sanders bellying up at nathan's. >> little bit of mustard and sauerkraut. fancy. >> there's a way to eat cheesecake. very daintily. >> you want to show me? >> reporter: hillary clinton took heat from colbert on her refusal to eat cheesecake on camera. >> just a little bit off the top right here. and then just eat as much as you want. [ laughter ] >> reporter: this is a new york primary to feast on. so we're at sidebar in union square where they've actually come up with cocktails for the candidates.
and nicole here is going to show us how they're made. what have you got here for us? >> i have jalapeno-infused tequila. this is called feel the bern. it's $10. and it's after bernie sanders. so it's a jalapeno margarita. >> reporter: this part of town is decidedly more democratic. over at washington square park -- >> it sounds like you're especially excited about voting for bernie. >> reporter: -- we were chatting with one sanders supporter -- >> it's a vote for changing the political system. >> reporter: then a bernie bro barreled up assuming i'm the enemy because i'm wearing a tie. >> kids were killed for hillary. she supported the iraq war. she's supported by all the business firms on wall street. >> reporter: you sound very angry. >> i am very angry. absolutely. and i have a right to be. all you people are out here in a gentrified neighborhood, in a gentrified city. you know nothing about -- you with your money did to people that founded this city. >> do you agree with him? >> we need to have a discussion,
not a shouting match. >> reporter: here in new york the democratic race did become a bit of a shouting match. >> there are a lot of people here tonight. >> reporter: bernie sanders shouting out to big crowds. 27,000 in washington square park. 28,000 in brooklyn. >> not just the 1%. >> interesting comment but you didn't answer the question. >> i did. >> reporter: the two candidates also shouting at each other in that debate. >> please, can i -- i think i have the right -- >> i can open my mouth and say something that's not -- >> go ahead, senator. >> reporter: "saturday night live" had it just about right. >> that's not true. >> yes, it is. >> no, it is not! no, no! >> yes, it is. yes, it is! >> ah! >> you feel the bern now? >> reporter: for all the shouting, sanders did make up significant ground. he closed the gap. but not enough. in times square tonight abc digital hired a sketch artist, taking requests from voters and
tourists for caricatures of them with their favorite candidate. requests for hillary clinton edged out bernie sanders by a comfortable margin. >> who are you voting for? >> oh, i have to stay neutral. >> reporter: likewise tonight, sanders didn't get the new york upset he was hoping for, didn't get the victory he needed. >> thank you, new york! >> reporter: tonight clinton was triumphant. >> today you proved once again, there's no place like home. >> psychologically, hillary clinton and her team needed this win. when you look at a modern presidential primary process, no candidate has lost their home state and gone on to win the nomination. >> reporter: sanders gracious but not throwing in the towel just yet. he's already in pennsylvania, hoping to win there. >> so next tuesday let us have the highest voter turnout in pennsylvania history. >> reporter: new york already in the rearview mirror.
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decision, to say good-bye to baseball's millions for something more. he talks about it for the very first time with abc's t.j. holmes. >> reporter: a month ago adam laroche thought he'd be knocking home runs out of the park right now for the chicago white sox. instead he's on a road trip in an rv with his family through the pacific northwest. for 12 years laroche lived the quintessential american dream, playing baseball in the big leagues. but he abruptly quit the game last month. today for the first time on camera he's telling abc news why. >> this is cut and dry, not up for debate. i said this may be time to shut it down. >> reporter: laroche says he walked away from the last year on his multimillion-dollar contract after white sox management told him he could no longer do what he loved most, bring his 14-year-old son drake with him to the clubhouse. >> how are you different when he's around? >> you enjoy being with your best friend. and that's kind of how i view it, is just kind of having one of my best friends with me.
plus i enjoy having someone there to go run the errands and do the things that -- >> you don't want to do. >> that i don't want to do. my sidekick. >> reporter: laroche took his son drake with him pretty much every day the past five seasons. he did chores for other players, even had his own locker right next to his dad's. what was your role? what was your even job? >> i cleaned shoes most of the time. i just did a little bit of everything. >> drake has been an exception to a lot of rules. >> have you ever heard from anyone who had an issue with drake being with you as much as he was? >> no. not that i can remember. >> reporter: but in early march laroche says he was approached by the team executive vice president kenny williams, who initially asked him to dial back drake's presence in the clubhouse. >> i don't know that it was coming from a bad place. i think i did -- i had a bad year. in his mind it may have been, okay, can i get more production out of adam if he's not -- doesn't have this distraction?
>> reporter: laroche says he was then told not to bring drake around at all. >> he just said enough's enough, i don't want to see your son around here anymore. >> after that heated conversation, when did retiring start swirling around in your mind? >> probably 20 minutes later. >> reporter: a few days later laroche announced his decision to retire, sparking a public debate about kids in the workplace. >> i also applaud adam laroche. >> i don't care if you're a dad and you work at a bank or a newsroom or at the rock quarry. every day's too much. >> we have a responsibility as fathers to teach our kids how to grow up to be men and women of character, of value. >> reporter: still many people wonder, how do you walk away from millions of dollars just six months before the end of your contract? how much was money a factor when you were sitting down and making a decision? >> not a huge one. >> but adam, 13 million is 13 million.
for six months of work. >> but i learned a long time ago no matter how much we have it's never enough. >> when asked for comment on laroche's departure from the team the white sox referred abc news to a statement made last week by general manager rick hahn, who said, "we've made a point of saying we've turned the page as an organization." laroche says regardless of the policy change about his son, there was something else compelling him to quit the game. >> the reason i said that this may have been my last year is for something i experienced in the off-season that just really -- just really messed me up. >> reporter: that life-changing experience, a trip last fall to southeast asia with his close friend and milwaukee brewers pitcher blaine boyer. the two pro baseball players went undercover with a non-profit organization, the exodus road, looking for victims of sex trafficking. this footage is from some of the group's past investigations.
>> we go over and spend ten days with these girls that are literally raped six, eight, ten times a night, and as young as 10, 12 years old. i think that would mess anybody up. >> i believe we are called by god to do this stuff. >> reporter: boyer says as difficult as the trip was he felt driven by faith. >> that's what our christian faith outlines. that's what we do. >> reporter: an estimated 4.5 million people around the world are enslaved in sex work. laroche says witnessing the harsh realities of sex trafficking gave him a new perspective on his life as a professional athlete. >> i guess i realized more how much of a fantasy world we live in here. that i live in for sure. with baseball. we make a crazy amount of money. you're waited on hand and foot everywhere you go. it's not real life. >> reporter: when their trip was over boyer says he and laroche faced their return to baseball with dread. >> you know, adam looked at me. he's like, we're going back home and we're going to play a baseball game. when we know what's going on over here. >> baseball wasn't as important after that trip?
>> it wasn't at all. >> a lot of people are shocked the fact that two baseball players are doing this. yeah, i don't get it. why not? why not us? >> reporter: even though they have no experience, boyer says he feels he and laroche can make a difference. laroche and boyer are two of the latest celebrities to go undercover to try to save child sex slaves. >> we have it all planned out. >> reporter: "nightline" was part of one such mission in 2014. my colleague david wright went to colombia with a non-profit group operation underground railroad. actress laurie holden from the tv show "the walking dead" was part of that group trying to save child prostitutes. >> have you ever done something like this before? >> i spent time in cambodia helping to get girls out of the brothels. but i was trained by a navy s.e.a.l. when i did "the walking dead." so i feel like i can protect myself. >> which is easier, this or killing zombies? >> we'll see. we'll see tomorrow.
>> reporter: that mission holden participated in a staged bachelor party where girls allegedly as young as 13 would be the entertainment. holden's role was to occupy the girls. >> try to keep the party going in a light festive spirit. which will, guys, be the biggest acting challenge in a long time because i think our hearts are going to break the second they walk in. >> reporter: she wore a wig just in case anyone recognized her. >> what the heck? >> reporter: the organization said the mission went as planned. it turns out, 17 of those girls on the sting were under 18 years old. like holden, laroche and boyer say their work in the world of sex trafficking is just beginning. >> i think adam and i made it pretty clear this is something that he and i are in for the rest of our lives. >> reporter: laroche says he's looking forward to spending more time with his son hunting and fishing. and drake says he's happy for the focused attention and has no doubt his dad made the right decision to leave the game. >> do you think your dad was crazy to leave $13 million on
the table? >> no. >> no? that's a lot of money. >> that makes me proud to hear that. >> but have you had that moment at least where you stopped and thought to yourself, what the hell was i thinking? >> i haven't yet. but it's still fresh. >> you got good hunting or fishing in new york, i'll be there. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm t.j. holmes in spokane. up next here, brother against brother with light sabers. the royal "star wars" tour for william and harry. with advil, you'll ask what backache? what sore wrist? what headache? what bad shoulder? advil makes pain a distant memory. nothing works faster stronger or longer than advil it's the world's #1 choice.
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>> in that quad jumper. >> reporter: ridley, who plays jakku scavenger rey in "the force awakens" showing william and harry around the set. the royals getting an exclusive look at episode 8. and a sneak peek at the costumes and creatures, not to mention some of the most famous props in the world. william and harry duking it out with light sabers. and harry going straight for the family jewels. i guess all that practicing in bhutan hasn't paid off for william. meeting the one and only luke skywalker. the actor mark hamill so excited about meeting the royal duo tweeting "meeting royals william and harry. finally a chance to get an informed answer on whether being leia's brother makes me a prince." did luke get his answer? probably not. but at least harry made a little friend. for "nightline" i'm lama hasan in london. >> as a "star wars" fan i'm insanely jealous. thank you for watching abc news