Yesterday I listened to the Boomer and Carton discussion on the radio about Daniel Murphy (who plays for the Mets) taking time off to be with his wife at the birth of their first child. Murphy missed opening day and one additional game.
Esiason made numerous comments including that Murphy should have told his wife we are having a C-Section so he could be there for opening day. He went on to say that Murphy should have explained to his wife that baseball is how we live our lives and make our money and this will give our child every opportunity for success, and we will be able to afford any college we want to send our child to because I’m a baseball player. Click here to listen to the interview
After peeling myself off of the ceiling, I began processing what these guys said. There were a couple of things that sent me over the edge. First, to imply that it was wrong of Murphy to place priority on being there with his wife for the birth of their first child is outrageous. His presence at Baseball’s opening day is more important than being with his wife and witnessing the birth of their child? Seriously???? Second, Esiason implies that it is the money earned that will make the child successful. With all due respect Mr. Esiason, money does not make children successful – it certainly helps provide access to resources. However, it is mom and dad’s involvement in the life of their child whether they have money or not that actually gives the child the best chance at being successful. And yes, it does make a difference when Dad is present at the birth of his child and being supportive in the days following the birth.
So, this is a HUGE shout out to Daniel Murphy for doing the right thing in the midst of criticism and pressure from the culture to put work ahead of family.
AND, Kudos to MLB and to Mets Manager, Terry Collins for standing behind Murphy’s decision!