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Sports Yakkers: Daniel Murphy’s wife should’ve had a C-section so he could “get his ass back to work”

Apr 2, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

The stuff yesterday in which folks reacted negatively to Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy going on paternity leave has hit the sports yakkers. Today Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason took on the subject. Their take: in Esiason’s words, Murphy should “get his ass back to work.” Boomer also says that Murphy’s wife should’ve had a C-section before the season started so Murphy didn’t miss any time:


For his part, Mike Francesa called paternity leave “a scam-and-a-half” and started ranting about the very concept of paternity leave, saying that Murphy is rich enough to where he should hire a nurse to look after his wife and child.

For their part, the Mets have been nothing but supportive of Murphy. Here’s Terry Collins:

“He missed two games,” the manager said. “It’s not like he has missed ten. When you start attacking Dan Murphy‘s credibility, you need to look in the mirror a little bit . . . The man had his first child. He is allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went. There is nothing against it. There’s nothing wrong with it.”

Murphy himself took a more diplomatic approach, but made it clear where his priorities stand:

“I can only speak for my experience,” Murphy said. “She was completely finished. She was done. She had had surgery, and she was wiped. So having me there, I think, helped a lot, and vice versa.”

Not that he should have to defend himself. Paternity leave has been shown to have a number of huge benefits, including but not limited to helping forge stronger family bonds and benefiting women who desire to go back into the workforce following the birth of their children. At least one study has shown that the lack of paternal involvement in infant care is significantly associated with the intensity of maternal postpartum depression.

Maybe a rich professional athlete’s partner has financial and personal resources great enough to where the father’s absence can be made up for in part, thereby limiting the necessity of paternity leave compared to that of normal people. But mocking an athlete for taking paternity leave like this is to mock the very concept of paternity leave altogether and to make it seem that much more unacceptable for men to do the right thing and be there for their child and its mother at the most critical of times.

While it’s ridiculous that anyone listens to these yakkers and takes anything approaching an example from them, the fact is that many do. Shame on these neanderthals for mocking paternity leave in general and Daniel Murphy specifically.

  1. xmatt0926x - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Wow. Haven’t had time to read the comments but I’m sure most people here are against what Boomer said. For me, my shock was that it was Boomer Esiason who made that comment. I would have guessed for sure it was that whore, Craig Carton. I remember him from his Philly radio days in the 90’s and this guy is a classless idiot who will say anything to stir things up.

    The digital age we now live in and has many arguments for and against. The scariest part for me is realizing how shallow and empty most humans are. I mean I was never a big fan of people anyway, but now that the world has been made so small by the internet, national radio, etc., it’s a wonder we have survived this long.

  2. renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    What the heck is wrong with those people…

  3. numbskull111 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    One word…RATINGS.

    Saying something moronic like that gets their show notoriety (like the story on this blog and others,) gets people talking about it, listening to their show, etc.

    Howard Stern made a career being outrageous and controversial and now all these other wanna-bes try to follow in his footsteps. My guess is that was a planned remark to generate these responses.

    • nbjays - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Apparently these morons graduated with honors from the Rush Limbaugh School of Radio Broadcasting.

    • searth37 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      These guys are no Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Boomer is a terrible broadcaster that is definitely awful on the radio and spends more time making stupid faces into the camera than he does thinking about what he is saying. How offensive to trivialize the birth of your first child and to act like the first two games of 162 games season are as important as bringing your first child into the world. I agree with you that they were probably trying to be outrageous to get some attention but I don’t think this was the type of attention that they wanted, including boycotts from parents groups in just overall outrage by millions of people. everything that Howard Stern says is well thought out and he spends 4 hours at the minimum on the air for each broadcast and 12 to 15 hours a week on the air creating incredible entertainment through his interaction with Robin as well as funny bits and groundbreaking interviews. His interview with Anderson Cooper this week was absolutely fantastic and even Anderson were marked a few minutes into the interview how much he respects Howard. Boomer Esiason and the dummy that sits next to him we’re basically minimizing the importance of the fact that Murphy and his wife went into the delivery room as a family of 2 and came out as a family of 3. That is no small feat and for these guys to act like it is just shows how far removed they are from humanity. This is not a 16 to 18 game season like football is. Baseball is a marathon not a sprint and when the mats were okay with it and no one was giving him a hard time for welcoming his first born child into the world with his wife who had undergone surgery, I do not understand why these two idiots I think they are entitled to insert themselves into this family’s life. They have 6 kids between the two of them and from the sound of it, I am sure their wives at the time had no interest in having them around, considering how sensitive they are.

      I agree with you that there are tons of Howard Stern wanna be out there but nobody has done it like Howard and no one ever will. He has enough respect to not discuss his kids, per their request while least two jackasses are referring to their kids as Rugrats and minimizing their births, respectively……a I would be embarrassed if they were my father and talk like that at all, let alone on this joke of a radio station. Murphy played more games last season, 161 out of 162 which is more than boomer played in his entire mediocre career. He made it 2-1 Super Bowl, I believe but didn’t win and I do not understand why he has a radio show or why he gets to broadcast NFL games. Howard Stern knows enough to keep his nose out of sports for the most part because he does not follow them and Boomer Esiason and his dingbat sidekick clearly have no idea what it is like to have a baby grow inside of you for nine months and to have to then push that watermelon sided object through a hole that’s too small that it makes its own exit door. Minimizing the gift of life and making it sound like a business meeting that simply should very been moved to a few days earlier is so heartless. What a couple of assheads. Bababoey rules. Boomer blows.

  4. gbart22 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:29 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.

    • scottposey - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Did you watch the same video? What you wrote makes absolute no sense. Go back and re-watch the video.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      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 just like I quoted the guy on the first page, you probably don’t have kids do you? This isn’t a new toy Murphy just got, or a new car. It’s a kid. You should want to spend time with you child, and be there for your wife/significant other who just went through something very traumatizing.

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