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Some Mets fans are not happy Daniel Murphy is taking paternity leave

Apr 1, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

The Mets are placing Daniel Murphy on paternity leave. He’ll miss a couple of days. This happens fairly frequently in major league baseball and paternity leave as a whole is pretty common in the typical workplace (though not common enough in the view of this father, but that’s another post).

In any event, some Mets fans have a problem with this. Or with paternity leave in general:

Great day for Mets fans. Banner day.

  1. 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    “First, I drive your pregnant mother to the hospital. And now, this.” – Homer Simpson

  2. philsieg - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Well, at least @UrbanRedneck knows who he is. Very mature avi, too.

  3. cohnjusack - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I agree, this is ridiculous. The guy is going to miss up to 1.8% of the season for what? The birth of his child? I mean, come on man, prioritize!

    I especially like the Tweet “Paternity leave is for woman.” I think someone here has some absentee father issues…

    • paperlions - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Maybe he’s just confused. What if he had 2 moms and the pregnant one would go an maternity leave and the non-pregnant one would go on paternity leave?

  4. Liam - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    “Paternity leave is for woman” is brilliant on so may levels. Please give that man his MacArthur Genius Grant.

    • Sign Ahead - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I’ve been reading it out loud in every funny voice and fake accent I can imagine. And it works a lot more often than I expected.

      This is the unintentionally funny tweet that just keeps on giving. Thanks urban redneck!

  5. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    In the last two season Murphy has missed seven games. SEVEN. Give the guy a break. And let’s be real, is a couple missed games by Murphy this season the X factor for the Mets to crack the post season drought?

    • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      thats 7 games too many, dammit! (especially when eric young Jr is what happens when murphy takes the day off)

      • NatsLady - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Yes! We need a real second baseman for Harper to crash into, none of this Eric Young faking it.

  6. mississipeepee - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Real mets fans know that no amount of Daniel Murphy is gonna change where this season is going.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      The problem is real mets fans arent exactly the sharpest crayons in the box, thus the literacy issues cause them to think hes Dale Murphy. Which still wouldnt help the other 8 spots in the lineup

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Dale Murphy wouldn’t take no “paternity leave”…LOL

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:41 AM

        Dale Murphy also wouldn’t do much to salvage the Mets’ season.

  7. AlmostForty - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    In a few days you’ll be able to post a very similar story featuring Phils fans and their reaction to Rollins going on Paternity Leave. I’m sure my fellow Philly fans will be very supportive of our beloved shortstop.

    • bleedgreen - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Rollins is a douche, but I have no problem with him taking paternity leave.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Considering all the vitriol thrown his way the reaction may well be opposite, as in: “Take ALL the paternity leave you want dude!”

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Before Galvis went down I would have agreed with you. But in the absence of palatable replacement options, J-Roll would be missed.

  8. gigab0t - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM


    Spoken like a true neanderthal.

  9. gigab0t - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    “Not going to criticize Daniel Murphy for going on paternity leave” WAIT YES I AM

  10. wetbruce - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    WTF Met fans?…..hopefully this is not your base.

    • stekaz - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Actually, no. The large majority of us have been beaten into apathy by the Wilpons.

      • wetbruce - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        I really didn’t think that that was a common Met fan. Just kind of shocked that any fan would react to a guy’s paternity leave.

  11. rcali - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    The only thing we can really agree on is that he could have planned this just a little bit better. He does have 6 months were his work doesn’t count.

  12. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    It is kind of soft, I understand he needs to be there when the baby is born, but somehow his wife will survive if he leaves for 7 hours to go to his job. I’m assuming the baby was born in NY though, if not this becomes rather difficult. I know my wife just wanted to sleep after having kids, and the nurses are like free day care for 2 days so no reason why he can’t play. Think of the people in weekly fantasy leagues who started him, come on Daniel.

    • Andee - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Good grief, are you an idiot. First, no one, I repeat, NO ONE (~!) CARES ABOUT ANYONE’S FANTASY TEAM, especially yours.

      Being there for the birth of your children and to support your wife, who just got off a nine-month shift of work called PREGNANCY takes precedent over playing baseball or rounding out someone’s fantasy lineup.

      I could see how this comment could be made by someone who doesn’t have children, but to identify yourself as a father before wondering how Daniel Murphy can’t COME ON and play baseball because you demand it is inexcusable.

      Now how about you drop your children off at the emergency room so the nurses can watch them while the nice doctors extract your head from your rear end.

      • AlmostForty - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I care about his fantasy team.

      • Andee - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Well, looks like he needs a starting second baseman..

      • Reflex - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        I should offer a trade, I’ve got like three of them on my team…

      • NatsLady - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Obviously, a lot of people don’t grasp the concept of sarcasm.

      • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        You’re right, NatsLady: one person on this comment thread doesn’t grasp the concept of sarcasm.

    • boonert - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Actually the baby was born in Florida so no he couldn’t take 7 hours out to do his job.

    • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      I didn’t take this post seriously based on the handle alone.

  13. echech88 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    The more important question is why do Mets fans think this will come back to haunt them or change their season at all

  14. mantastic54 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Yeah because 5 tweets represent the whe fan base. I’m sure you could find five negative tweets from the almighty cardinals fans if one of their starters missed opening day for paternity leave too

    • dluxxx - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Actually, I pretty much take nymets4ever’s comments as the baseline Met’s fan. Is that wrong of me???

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Ow, that’s harsh, dluxx… sort of like considering dirtyharry1971 as the archetypal Yankees fan.

  15. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM


    • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Extra points for sticking the rhyme.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        It does make it a little more satisfying.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      you are like a god to me, sir. a god

  16. buddysguys - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I thought most athletes plan their child releases for the offseason?

    • rbj1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Sometimes things happen. Wife is going to be very sore for the next few days. Hubby should be around to help her. Why it’s almost as if we’re in the 21st century.

  17. sdelmonte - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    On behalf of Sane Mets Fans Inc., I hereby ban these twits from Mets fandom. And require that they watch the last five innings of yesterday’s game over and over as punishment.

    • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Sane Mets Fans Inc.?

      Must… resist… overwhelming… urge… to… make… sarcastic… oxymoron… comment…

      • sdelmonte - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        It’s a very small firm.

  18. tcostant - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Bryce Harper wish he would have skipped paternity leave, then he wouldn’t have got kicked in the head by someone who hasn’t played 2B regularly in three years…

  19. amalathea - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    “Paternity leave is for woman. — Urban Redneck (@RobbieNYK) April 1, 2014”

    *headdesk* Yet another child left behind.
    Paternity = Men
    Maternity = Women

  20. scatterbrian - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Guys at my work get two weeks paid for paternity leave. Which may sound unfair to those without kids until you realize that in order to take advantage of paternity leave, you are required to have kids.

    • cktai - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      And endure a pregnant woman for 8 months.

      • ptfu - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        And endure the kid for 18 years!

    • cohnjusack - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Reminds me of a co-worker who very publicly complained to others in the company about me getting 4 weeks off for medical leave.

      Yep, that was a pretty sweet deal I got. You too can get 4 weeks off for medical leave(and paid 2/3 of my salary via short-term disability), all you need to do is have 2 feet of your small intestines surgically removed! I got to spend that four weeks having a blast! I got to participate in such fun activities as slowly building up my ability to walk more than a few steps at a time, taking lots of percocets, dealing with the constant diarrhea as your body adjusts to suddenly having way less intestines. I spent most of that four weeks thinking about how blessed I was to have Crohn’s disease and the complications thereof. Maybe I can get his by a bus next year and get more time off work as I re-learn to walk!

      Seriously though, the people who bitch about these things are biggest piles of crap that can be dug up. Whoopity do, he’s taking a few days off because *he is now responsible for a brand new human life!*. I’m not a parent, but I always kind of guessed that was a pretty big deal…

      • ditto65 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Percocet, yummmmm

        Percocet. yummmm 😉

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Hope you are doing well after that ordeal, and hope the jackwagon co-worker got at least a stern explanation about statements in the workplace.

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        I can totally relate, Cohn. As one who was diagnosed with Crohn’s on 1986, I feel your pain – literally. Sometimes you just want one of these idiot whiners to spend just one day experiencing what you do on a regular basis.

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        “in 1986”, not “on 1986″….


  21. edelmanfanclub - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Fans should be taught at a young age that athletes are humans not robots. It’d make for less scrutinizing on things like this and the ordinary 2/20 slump..

  22. tedwmoore - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Yeah, this is all bonkers crazy, and probably does not require comment, but man is it sad that anyone still thinks of maternity and paternity leave as rest.

  23. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    If you don’t want guys to take paternity leave in April, don’t give them All-Star week off in July. There, solved it for ya.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      Come on, NatsLady. You know that all but the one obligatory Met will get that All-Star week off. If Harvey were still healthy conceivably they could have gotten two (but of course now according the Mets fans, Harvey is an outrageous bounder for wanting to have input in his own rehab – where DO they get this stuff?)

  24. tomwarns - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    why in the world is what a bunch of idiots put on twitter a story?

  25. drunkenhooliganism - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    My son was born on September 26th, 2007. My wife and him came home on September 29th. On September 30th, the phillies finished their epic comeback to overtake the Mets with a victory over the Marlins while the mets imploded and I was at the game with a bunch of great friends and long suffering Phillies’ fans. It was awesome.

    I left my wife home alone with our baby four days after a c-section.

    Somehow, we’re still married.

    But I learned. After our second baby, I closed my business for two weeks.

    Part of me wishes I knew better. But most of me remembers how friggin awesome that game was.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      You’re an awful person…
      …mostly because I probably would have done the same thing in your shoes. Stop rubbing your shame off on me!

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