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

Fri, April 4, 2014 5:37pm EDT by Lauren Cox 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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