Daniel Murphy Criticized for Time Off

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made the decision to miss the first two games of the 2014 season for the birth of his first child. Is that a bad thing?

When word reached Murphy that his son was coming soon, he left New York for Florida at 11:30 pm and arrived in time to see the birth of his 8-pound, 2-ounce son Noah at 12:02.

The Mets season opener against the Washington Nationals was the same day at 1. Then the Mets had Tuesday off until picking up the series on Wednesday. Murphy decided to stay with his family in Florida through Wednesday being placed on paternity leave, and then returned to the team on Thursday.

The New York sports radio scene blew up over this. “You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse,” said Mike Francesa

on WFAN Radio. Boomer Esiason stated that Murphy’s wife, Tori, should have had the”C-section before the season starts.”

This shouldn’t even be in question. There should at least be two parts of life should not be questioned, how people rejoice a birth or morn a death. It is really unfortunate that during what should have been a celebration of life, their lives were criticized.

Fortunately, Murphy was not bothered by the criticism and joked saying in an interview “We had a really cool occasion yesterday morning, about 3 o’clock. We had our first panic session,” Murphy said. “It was dark. She tried to change a diaper — couldn’t do it. I came in. It was just the three of us at 3 o’clock in the morning, all freaking out. He was the only one screaming. I wanted to. I wanted to scream and cry, but I don’t think that’s publicly acceptable, so I let him do it.”

Murphy wasn’t the only player to take paternity leave in the past week. Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins also went so see the birth of his child Wednesday.

Is it fair to start probing into every aspect of the athletes life’s?


About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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