The simple case of a professional baseball player taking paternity leave has resulted in outrage and consternation from sports radio hosts and a conversation about whether or not the player should have taken any leave in the first place.
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has missed the season’s first two games, both losses, to be with his wife after the birth of their first child.
Murphy’s wife went into labor on opening day on Monday and then went down to Florida to be with her for the birth. He then decided to take the three days of paternity leave allowed by Major League Baseball.
What may seem reasonable to most was certainly not for a number of sports radio figures, with Boomer Esiason being one of the most outspoken in his criticism.
“Quite frankly I would’ve said ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. This is what makes our money, this is how we’re going to live our life, this is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I’m a baseball player,'” Esiason said Tuesday on his daily morning ?radio show, “Boomer and Carton.”
Carton echoed his co-hosts sentiments.
“To me, and this is just my sensibility, assuming the birth went well, assuming your wife is fine, assuming the baby is fine — 24 hours, you stay there, baby is good, you have a good support system for the mom and the baby, you get your [behind] back to your team and you play baseball,” he said.
Mike Francesca, another well-known sports radio host also chimed in on his show.
“I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m going to be honest. You see the birth and you get back,” he said. “What do you do in the first couple days? Maybe you take care of the other kids.
Well, you gotta have someone to do that if you’re a Major League Baseball player. I’m sorry, but you do … Your wife doesn’t need your help the first couple days, you know that.”
Murphy missed only one game last season, less than any other Mets player.