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HBT Daily: Ballplayers have lives away from the field

May 12, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

Be it because of paternity leave or family peril, Tiffany and I agree that ballplayers should not be slammed for taking some time away
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  1. phukyouk - May 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    I dont get how this is even a conversation. we all have jobs and all our jobs allow for Maternity/paternity/sick/breavreavment/personal leave. how in the holy hell can anyone fault anyone else for taking time off from thier job. so what if they get 3 months “off” after each season. it doesnt make any sense to me.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - May 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Craig, I totally agree with you about everything you said regarding Oswalt and Lackey. However, a major point about Oswalt is being missed by everyone in the media. People did not complain about Oswalt taking 8 days to comfort his family. I listen to talk radio a lot, and I didn’t hear a single person say Oswalt should not have gone to be with his family. The issue was that, considering he had already had an issue with his back, should he really have been helping to remove trees, fix roads, and generally do manual hard labor with that balky back? The answer to that, if you use any kind of common sense, is absolutely not. He isn’t being paid to fix roads…he’s being paid to pitch for the phillies and entertain the fans. Nobody had an issue with him going down there…but honestly…when you are making $16 million, couldn’t you have had a contractor do the manual labor instead of doing it yourself? If his garbage disposal breaks, and he injures himself fixing it, isn’t he a moron for doing it himself when his hand is worth $16 million dollars? Why is this any different? It wasn’t like a tornado hit while he was there and he was saving lives. This was long after the storms had passed.

    Again…Lackey should definitely be with his wife and family right now no question about it. But as such, if he decided to throw an addition on his house and broke his hand, he would be a freaking moron…not because he went to be with his family during this difficult time, but because he didn’t pay some guy to do throw up the addition.

    • CJ - May 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      couldn’t have said it better myself

    • sportsdrenched - May 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Except contractors are pretty hard to book in a disaster area.

      Way I see it. What a player does or doesn’t do during their off time is between them and their employers. Not us.

      • Utley's Hair - May 12, 2011 at 6:56 PM

        Completely agree with you—except Ruben didn’t sound too enthralled when he was asked about it.

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