Father gets grief for taking time off from work at child’s birth

A professional baseball player for the New York Mets — insert obvious New York Mets joke here — missed opening day this week because his wife had a baby.

Honk if you don’t see what’s coming next. Hint: It involves only men and sports talk radio.

Daniel Murphy, the second baseman, took paternity leave after learning Sunday night that his wife’s water had broken. He made it home in time to see the birth of his son.

He missed the opening day game, which began an hour later, but he also missed the second game of the season, which sent the guys in the sportswriting business into a tizzy.

Murphy deflected the criticism.

“It’s going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month. I can only speak from my experience — a father seeing his wife — she was completely finished, he told ESPN. “I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot, and vice versa, to take some of the load off … It felt, for us, like the right decision to make.”

Murphy was back in the lineup for this afternoon’s game, singling, popping out, and walking in his first three plate appearances.

It’s all about values and priorities.

  • Dave

    I’m pretty confident that absolutely nothing bad will happen if Daniel Murphy misses work — unlike the nurses and doctors who took care of his wife and infant and are paid a fraction of what he is.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    A good time to remember that had Pat Neshek not skipped a game to be at the birth of his first son he would have never met him. Gherig died when he was 23 hours old.

    So you skip the game.

  • Joe

    I wonder if the Northwestern football players union will negotiate for paternity leave

  • Tired of BS

    So much self important crap!

    It is about values and priorities…not the media “shock jocks!”

    Good for him, to stay with his family… In the long run, THAT is what matters!

  • Marie

    As a mother who had a C-section birth (not by choice but necessity due to birth complications), I am offended that Boomer thinks that the wife should have had the procedure done earlier so that Murphy didn’t miss the game.

    Each extra day that a pregnancy continues improves the health of the child – lungs become more developed. Why do you think that women are put on bed rest in an attempt to prolong a risky pregnancy?

    The last thing a bunch of sports jocks and their fans should do is second guess the doctor’s decision.

    As far as Murphy taking additional time off to be with his wife and child, let me just say that his wife will remember it forever. You are exhausted after a C-section birth and have lifting restrictions. Mine were such that our son exceeded the weight I was supposed to lift for the first week – would have been a tough time if my husband hadn’t been home with me.

    So guys, stick to what you think you are knowledgeable about – the sports that you used to play and leave the childbirth discussions to those of us who actually actively participated in the event. 🙂