As a stay-at-home parent, I am appalled how the New York media is criticizing New York Mets‘ infielder Daniel Murphy for taking three days away from the team — a shitty team, at that — to be with his wife.
The reason? SHE JUST GAVE BIRTH!!
Hell, even if I weren’t a stay-at-home parent, it’s still bullshit.
According to the MLBPA’s 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Murphy — and any other player — is allowed 1-3 days off for paternity leave. Here’s a click-through of the CBA in place for 2012-2016 (scroll down to page 70).
But leave it to New York sports talk radio to deem this a bad decision on the part of a new father who just so happens to be play in the big leagues.
According to the New York Daily News, WFAN’s
blowhard Mike Francesa said:
“One day I understand. And in the old days they didn’t do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy listening to him on-air from time to time — though his Twitter parody account, @MikeFrancesaNY, is far more enjoyable — but his stance on this is ridiculous. And this first caller is a fucking moron as well. Here’s the audio, take a listen for yourself.
Then you have Boomer and Carton sounding off on this during their show as Carton downplays the entire child-birth experience saying, “but you’re not breastfeeding the kid,” but then Boomer interjects, saying, “I know, but he has legal rights to be there if he wants to be there.”
Boomer eventually spews more poo when he says something about how, “this is how we make our money, this is how we’re gonna live our life,” but is three days off the end of the world?
Here’s the audio for that shit show:
I understand since both the Yankees and Mets have combined for as many wins as me this season, they need some extra fodder for the airwaves, but making a guy who wants to be with his wife after the birth of their child the butt of a joke is fucking ludicrous.
Pardon the language.
Sorry to sound off, but isn’t that what us lesser-known shmucks do by blogging since our thoughts aren’t broadcast over the radio waves?
So good for you Daniel Murphy, good for you. And seriously, if you need a good laugh, check out that Twitter handle I linked up above.