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Jimmy Rollins leaves Phillies to be home for birth of child

Apr 2, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

Jimmy Rollins AP

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is out of the lineup tonight against the Rangers in Texas because he left the team and traveled back home to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

New York talk radio hosts voiced all sorts of loud, gross opinions criticizing Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy for going on paternity leave, but a) it’s a common thing across baseball and b) if you’re a human being how can you possibly criticize someone for that?

Anyway, hopefully the Philadelphia versions of those radio hosts won’t take the same stance on Rollins. He’s a man with a job and a family, and he is taking a little time away from his job to be with his family during an extremely important moment. The end.

  1. rbj1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    How dare a player use a bargained for right under the CBA!

  2. Francisco (FC) - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Anyway, hopefully the Philadelphia versions of those radio hosts won’t take the same stance on Rollins.

    Yeah well I’m not holding my breath.

  3. thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Best wishes to Jimmy on the birth. I hope all is well with his wife and their child.

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Congratulations to Jimmy on his new addition to his family. Anyone of us would take some time off too.

  5. schmedley69 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Your buddy Angelo Cataldi specializes in “loud, gross opinions,” so I’m sure that he will make Boomer and Carton look compassionate in comparison.

    • schmedley69 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Ooops, thought this was a Craig post. I meant Craig’s buddy, Angelo Cataldi.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Don’t worry, Craig will surely comment later this morning.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Whoa. A grand slam and a brand new crotch gremlin to start the season.

    Congrats to him.

  7. yahmule - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Congratulations to the Rollins family.

  8. rvaughan85 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Ask Florio about taking time out to witness the birth of your child. He blasted Charles Tillman for wanting to take a game off. Your children’s birth should be the most important day of your life. Kudos to Rollins for realizing that.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      I consider my own birth to be the most important day of my life.

      • jkcalhoun - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Time to invent an import-memorability index, then.

  9. taftfan88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    162 baseball games a year…Rollins will have played thousands in his life by the time he is done..how many times can you experience the birth of your child?

  10. stupidusername - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He had a child in May of 2012 and was not criticized much taking paternity leave itself, but was criticized for taking the full allowed time. Whenever a player has a child during the season there’s always comments about “couldn’t you plan it around the season.” Yes, because all women can get pregnant at will /sarcasm… Anyway, congrats, Jimmy.

  11. ackid38 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Alright jimmy..congrats to you …you stud muffin. like he really reads this stuff.

  12. gbart22 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Actually that’s not accurate at all at least on the francesa show. Craig for whatever reason has an inferiority complex to francesa and feels a need to pick and choose tidbits of sentences to shape an image of the guy that is unflattering and completely inaccurate.

    A caller called and complained about Murphy leaving, mike never brought it up. Then he teased his producer for being able to take ten days off for the birth even though those ten days don’t have to be during the birth they can be at any point in a 12 month period from the day of the birth. He thought that was ridiculous and made light of it at his producers expense. He also went on to say he understands guys leaving to be there for the birth of the child and they should be but doesn’t understand the 6 weeks or 10 days some guys get for a birth unless the mother or child is ill in some way. One last point he made was millionaire athletes, actors, radio hosts etc can afford to hire help in a lot of those cases and don’t need to take extended periods of time off for a birth meaning more than 3 days.

    It’s a tad disgusting that all of you are misreporting a situation because of one writers disdain for Francesa so you can generate more hits for you blogs with fake moral outrage. It’s also a tad odd that Craig, who has written more than one article on francesa, seems to have such disdain for the guy yet clearly continues to listen to his show. Surely he could find something more enjoyable to do for 6 hours if he despises the guy so much.

    One last point it’s completely hypocritical of Craig to bash radio hosts and people for listening and taking their opinions seriously when he gets paid to do the same thing here at nbc sports talk. People who come here come knowing they are going to get articles rife with opinion and on occasion articles regarding ones personal views on social issues and those relate to sports. If we all just ignored what you were saying and wrote you off as insignificant you would all have jobs writing here.

    • nategearhart - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      “One last point he made was millionaire athletes, actors, radio hosts etc can afford to hire help in a lot of those cases and don’t need to take extended periods of time off for a birth meaning more than 3 days.”
      And yet they do it anyway. I bet it’s because they like their kids and want to spend time with them. It’s almost as if having lots of money doesn’t make you any less excited about having children. Weird…

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