Daniel Murphy: Paternity Leave For Son’s Birth Causes Controversy

Fri, April 4, 2014 5:37pm EST by 12 Comments
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New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the first two games of baseball’s 2014 season so that he could be present for the birth of his son, Noah. Because of this, multiple sports radio hosts slammed him, claiming that Daniel and his wife, Victoria, should have scheduled a c-section before the season began so that he did not miss any games. What do YOU think?

Daniel Murphy, 29, took two days off from playing professional baseball so that he could be by his wife Victoria‘s side while she gave birth to their first child. Now, the second baseman is responding to the backlash he received for prioritizing his family.

Daniel Murphy Slammed For Paternity Leave

On April 2, radio hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason tore Daniel apart for missing two professional baseball games, including the Mets opening day on March 31, so that he could be present for the birth of his son, Noah. The second game he missed was on Wednesday, April 2.

Craig stated that he understands why Daniel missed one game, but he doesn’t understand why Daniel needed to miss two games. Boomer went one step further, claiming that if he were Daniel he would have forced his wife to schedule an early c-section so that he could continue to play baseball.

Thankfully, Daniel wasn’t that selfish. After the controversial comments went viral, Daniel decided to respond to the backlash caused by the sports radio hosts and their opinions.

“I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it,” Daniel told WFAN Radio of his decision. “But that’s the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks.”

Good for Daniel, defending his decision! Not only was it the right decision, but it was also his legal right to miss up to the three games for the birth of his child.

Daniel Says His Wife Victoria Needed Him

Not that Daniel should even have to defend his decision, but he further explained why it was important for him to be there. Mostly, he cites that being there for his wife was necessary.

“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.” Daniel explained. “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.”

Daniel found out that his wife’s water had broken at their Florida home around 11:30pm on the night of Sunday, March 30, the day before the Mets first game. The expectant father rushed to Florida just in time to witness the birth of Noah, his first son, at 12:02pm on Monday, March 31.

The Mets had Tuesday off, and Daniel decided to stay until Wednesday night, which means he missed the Mets second game. Daniel returned to the Mets on Thursday, April 3, in time to play against the Washington Nationals.

Tell us what you think, HollyMoms — Did Daniel do the right thing? What are your thoughts on paternity leave? Comment below!

– Lauren Cox

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Steam Giveaways

Posted at 8:06 PM on July 1, 2014  

Hi bro, This is super useful! Thanks a lot!

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Posted at 12:24 PM on April 8, 2014  

Daniel Murphy should have been a man and told her I need to be at my job
so I can take care of this baby.

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Posted at 7:47 AM on April 6, 2014  

Wonderful father and husband! Shame on those who had anything negative to say! Not enough family togetherness these days. Shows where his heart is.

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MelissaLBronson (@MelissaLBronson)

Posted at 3:38 PM on April 5, 2014  

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Posted at 8:56 AM on April 5, 2014  

No Dr. would do an unnessesary c-section. He was right where he was suppose to be. With his wife and baby.

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Posted at 6:25 AM on April 5, 2014  

Her water broke. That is not scheduled.

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Posted at 5:10 AM on April 5, 2014  

Reblogged this on dunjav.

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Mrs. wright

Posted at 3:04 AM on April 5, 2014  

Force her to get a c-section, who are they kidding, force those a-holes to get a gall bladder or appendix removed for no reason.

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Mrs. wright

Posted at 3:01 AM on April 5, 2014  

There is always backlash when pro athletes miss games, they would rather them miss their mothers funeral than miss a meaningless game. I am proud of him making the decision to put his family first! He definitely won the hearts and respect of all mothers. The haters can hate all they want cuz all he is feeling is love, the love of his wife, child and all the women who find family more important that a few baseball games!

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Posted at 9:44 PM on April 4, 2014  

FORCE his wife to schedule a c-section? A surgery that comes with risks and an uncomfortable recovery. Wow, what jerk offs.

I applaud Daniel for wanting to be there for his baby’s birth and for being sensitive to his wife’s needs. That’s a true man thinking of his family.

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Posted at 9:18 PM on April 4, 2014  

Yes, let’s FORCE his wife to have an unnecessary major surgery just to accommodate the radio hosts! What selfish, uncaring jerks. Good on Daniel, if I were him I would have taken the 3 games off allotted to him.

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Posted at 6:46 PM on April 4, 2014  

I believe fathers should always take paternity leave if it’s available some celebrity dads have said nothing in their respective careers compares to watching their children be born like Tim McGraw’s 2006 hit My Little Girl from the movie My Friend Flicka part of the lyrics of which were written by his then 9 year old daughter Gracie

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