It may not surprise you to hear that New York radio hosts have an opinion about Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missing several games while on paternity leave.
It may surprise you to hear that several of New York's more popular hosts were extremely critical of Murphy, who has played in more than 300 games for the Mets over the last two years.
Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason ripped Murphy for leaving the team to be with his wife in Florida. Even though under the MLB's Collective Bargaining Agreement Murphy has the right to miss as many as three games because of paternity leave, and he is only scheduled to miss two, Francesa was appalled that Murphy needed to be there for the birth of his son.
"You're a major-league baseball player. You can hire a nurse," he said on his show Wednesday. "Whaddya gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?"
Below are Francesa's full comments:
Esiason suggested that Murphy's wife, Victoria, should have gotten a C-section so her husband could be with the team on opening day:
"I would have said, 'C-section before the season starts, I need to be at Opening Day. I'm sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we're going to live our life, this is going to give my 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."
Here's Esiason and his co-host Craig Carton discussing Murphy's leave:
Murphy plans to return to the team Thursday after only missing two games. For the organization's part, no one expressed the slightest bit of disappointment with Murphy for being with his wife for the birth of their first child.
"The paternity leave policy was introduced not just for the players’ benefit but I think recognition by clubs in contemporary times that this is an appropriate time for parents to be together,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday. "I've got absolutely no problem whatsoever with Murph being away."
In recent years Mets like Jason Bay and John Buck have taken time off to be with their wives as they gave birth.
(H/T to For The Win)