New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is missing his team’s first three games after the birth of his first child. Murphy’s wife went into labor on opening day, so he went to Florida to be present for the birth. Murphy is now taking the full three days of paternity leave allowed for Major League Baseball players.
Does any of that sound out of line or horrible or a betrayal to his team and profession? It shouldn’t. It’s pretty standard practice when a new child is brought into the world.
However, Murphy is getting ripped on New York radio for not cutting short his paternity leave and returning to his team. Mike Francesa, the popular New York sports radio personality, spent about 20 minutes of his show Wednesday talking about Murphy and paternity leave. He was surprised that MLB players even take paternity leave, even though it’s a fairly common practice.
The article goes on to discuss the absolutely bat-shit overreaction to this by several sports broadcasters. I read this article this morning, and I still can’t get over it. I am so baffled and to be quite honest, I think the biggest problem is that he is only allotted 3 days leave. I’m not even going to acknowledge the rest of the craziness. It would be funny if it wasn’t so awful.