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Sports radio hosts blast player for taking paternity leave rather than playing baseball
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Posted on 04/04/2014 7:36:50 AM PDT by Morgana

Being a sports radio host sometimes means being full of hot air when white noise would be preferable, as in the case Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason. The big names showed their small attitudes when New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy chose to be with his wife rather that at opening day of baseball season.

Esiason said:

“I would have said, ‘C-Section before it starts. I need to be at opening day. This is how we make our money; this is how we live our life. This is what is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I’m a baseball player.’”

Carton followed, “I got four of these little rugrats; there’s nothing to do,” as he talks about how Murphy can’t possibly have a need to be home past 24 or 48 hours post-birth. The hosts point out that federal law gives Murphy a right to two weeks of paternity leave, but he shouldn’t take that right because baseball is more important than birth.

To his credit, Murphy dismissed the criticism, telling ESPN New York:

“I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it. But that’s the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks.

“It’s going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month. I can only speak from my experience — a father seeing his wife – she was completely finished. I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot, and vice versa, to take some of the load off. … It felt, for us, like the right decision to make.”

This controversy is one that would not be a controversy in a culture that valued life and birth. These “rugrats” are precious children. Opening day is, as Sporting News noted, one of 162 games played each day. It’s a day of work. The day of a life of a baby can’t be compensated with cash. The support to his wife can’t be replaced with a paycheck.

Baseball is a game. Birth is the miracle of life. To even compare one as being more important than another reveals the attitudes that have permeated a culture that regards sports figures as demi-gods while reducing the true value of life. Once upon a time, criticizing a man for caring for his wife and baby, telling him he should have told her to get a C-section–major surgery–and then calling kids rugrats with an entirely derogatory tone would have been considered offensive to the masses. Now it’s fodder for radio hosts to use airtime at the expense of a man who valued his baby and his wife over a game. If there is a baseball hall of shame, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason should be the pillars of this museum.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: baby; baseball; birth; boomeresiason; craigcarton; danielmurphy; mets; murphy; newyork; newyorkmets; pregnant; prolife; sports
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It's just a game.
1 posted on 04/04/2014 7:36:50 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
Everybody's got an opinion on everybody else.
2 posted on 04/04/2014 7:37:51 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; a man who respects it has earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Morgana

It’s a business. It’s a job. Do your job.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 7:38:12 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Family is more important than any job, as such.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 7:39:09 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Morgana

“EARLY” in my military career, there was a saying, “If the Army wanted you to have a wife and baby it would have issued you them”. Another saying, was “You need to be there at the launch, but not at the delivery”.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 7:40:14 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: DManA; narses; Salvation; NYer; little jeremiah; GeronL

Most every job I know of will allow a spouse time off to visit a loved one in the hospital during an emergency situation. Even more so if it’s the wife giving birth. At least this was so in the old days before this ugly thing we have called “abortion” that has so cheapened life.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Morgana

If he has a great season it will be forgotten. If he has a mdeiocre season it will be cited as an example of his lack of commitment when letting him go.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:01 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Morgana

In this particular job you get several months off to bond with your babies.

Your attempt to bring abortion into this is laughable.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:53 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

Well Murphy’s being there didn’t appear to make a difference in yesterday’s game. The NY sports crowd are fanatics, possibly on par with Philly.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 7:43:44 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: Morgana

None of our business. None of Boomer’s business either. If a fan doesn’t like it, find another team.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 7:44:09 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: DManA
It’s a business. It’s a job. Do your job.

His job allows for 3 days off for paternity leave. I fail to see how it is anyone's business.

11 posted on 04/04/2014 7:44:59 AM PDT by gdani
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To: gdani

Ask the poster.


12 posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:01 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

Don’t forget Bommer’s vitriol toward Tebow. There is some darkness in his soul. I guess we all have some darkness, but his is on full display.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:34 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: DManA

Amen....

When my daughters were born in 65 & 68 I wasn’t really allowed to be anywhere near, I worked and stayed at work, visiting in the evening.

I also advised my ‘young laborers’ later on that when they wanted ‘extra time off’ because their lady was pregnant, my advice was ‘Son, now is the time you want to start chalking up the overtime, not missing work and the pay that goes with it’.

We actually have a ‘LAW’ that mandates 2 weeks for the male?

Guess I am among the ‘uninformed’ but why would someone that works seasonal work (say Baseball announcers) be given ‘vacation or leave or whatever they call it anymore’ in the middle of July?

When I was in the Paving business, NO ONE even dreamed of taking time off in the Summer...and that was in Virginia, where we shut down from mid Nov to Mid March except for ‘emergencies’.

We had ‘paid holidays and paid vacations’. Show up for work on the 4th of July and you will have a paid holiday.
Designate ANY 2, 3 or 4 weeks in the summer as your vacation, and as long as you are at work, you will have your paid vacation.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 7:49:49 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: Morgana

Let’s see if baseball is standing next to him when he is at the end of his life, Boomer. I think it is called living life with no regrets!


15 posted on 04/04/2014 7:51:15 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Morgana

I say good for him.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 7:53:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Morgana

Boomer is an idiot.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 7:54:43 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Morgana

I know a business owner who has some branches of his company in Canada. His guys there are legally entitled to five weeks of paternity leave at 70% pay. Each and every one takes advantage of it. He knows they are spending it out on the golf course and not changing diapers. Drives him nuts!


18 posted on 04/04/2014 7:55:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dinoparty

We was always a jerk, even back when he played for the Bengals.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 7:56:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

I hope Boomer and Craig never plan on taking a sick day unless they’re barfing up blood.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 7:57:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: dfwgator

Oops, that should be...

He was always a jerk, even back when he played for the Bengals.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 7:57:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

You are absolutly correct. Jobs come and go. Further, baseball is played at the pro level for only a few years. Marriage, kids and family are for the rest of your life. Kudos for having the correct priorities.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 7:57:51 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: xrmusn

Exactly. Back when abortion was illegal, if the wife had a baby a man would dig in and work twice as hard. Because he was now responsible for another mouth to feed.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 8:04:42 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sherman Logan

Only because we know the collective will pick up the bills.


24 posted on 04/04/2014 8:05:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

Boomer is an ass. I am now a Murphy fan.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 8:09:08 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Morgana

It was just for ONE day...not like he was taking a week or more.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Morgana

fanatics
and it shows


27 posted on 04/04/2014 8:17:15 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: DManA

It’s a business. It’s a job. Do your job.

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The player has a contract and he is working within the boundaries of that contract.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 8:17:30 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

So you agree with me that it’s not just a “game”.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 8:22:01 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

As a dad, I think it’s the most important job. It may not be a paying job, but after losing a fiancee and 3 stepchildren to be a week before our wedding (by a drunk), I know it is the best job, next to being a mom.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: DManA

In this particular job you get several months off to bond with your babies.

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And by contractual agreement, 3 days at the birth of the child.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:58 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

Not only is Pro-baseball a business, it is one of the worst examples of crony capitalism in the country. Second only to Pro-football.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 8:31:30 AM PDT by DManA
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To: dmz
And by contractual agreement, 3 days at the birth of the child.

Apparently, you just don't get it.

Corporations > your family & children (even if you do have a contractual right & your boss supports your decision).

33 posted on 04/04/2014 8:33:52 AM PDT by gdani
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To: Morgana

Game 7 of the World Series perhaps. But opening day? No.


34 posted on 04/04/2014 8:35:40 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: DManA

So you agree with me that it’s not just a “game”.

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Baseball stops being “just” a game when you make your living from it.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT by dmz
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To: DManA

Not only is Pro-baseball a business, it is one of the worst examples of crony capitalism in the country. Second only to Pro-football.

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Of course it’s a business. It’s hard to imagine anyone over the age of 15 or so not fully recognizing that.

And that also helps explain why the players have contracts, providing them with particular benefits, like the one being discussed here, that of 3 days of paternity leave to be at the birth of your child.


36 posted on 04/04/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz
Read Post #1.

It’s hard to imagine anyone over the age of 15 or so not fully recognizing that.

37 posted on 04/04/2014 9:00:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: GSWarrior

Sandy Koufax refused to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.


38 posted on 04/04/2014 9:03:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

Sorry folks, paternity leave for men is nothing more than the wussification of America. Being with his wife for the birth of a child is fine. The ballplayer, a millionaire, in a seasonal business, has an obligation to the team. Chances are his wife has a nurse along with parents, friends and inlaws or are only too happy to help out with the changing of the diapers. As they say on Broadway “the show must go on” or as the postal service says the mail goes thru in snow rain or sleet.


39 posted on 04/04/2014 9:03:37 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: DManA

LOL. I said hard to imagine, not impossible.

But I would have thought it impossible that Daniel Murphy would face negative commentary on freerepublic, you know the site that is: “pro-God, pro-life, pro-family”.


40 posted on 04/04/2014 9:12:08 AM PDT by dmz
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To: xrmusn

That sounds much too logical and responsible for the present “nanny” climate.


41 posted on 04/04/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Morgana

Its baseball.
My family comes before ANY job..


42 posted on 04/04/2014 9:27:50 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: DManA

It’s a business. It’s a job. Do your job.

And like any other employee of any other job this man is entitled to Family Medical Leave.
As a husband and father he did do his job.....


43 posted on 04/04/2014 9:31:47 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I was in the military in the early 70’s. My wife had our son in the base Hospital. The Hospital called my duty station and requested I report to the Hospital..


44 posted on 04/04/2014 9:37:38 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Morgana

It’s a 162 game season. Much less of a big deal to miss a small amount of playing time. Plus, they had a day off the day after, which I thought was pretty weird. In a certain glitzy sport with fruity celebration dances that only plays 16 games it might be much more of a consideration.

Freegards


45 posted on 04/04/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: dmz

Working hard at your job is not anti-family.


46 posted on 04/04/2014 9:48:55 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

I wouldn’t do it. I took the afternoon off the last time I had a kid, watched the birth, cut the cord, and was back at work the next day. Wife and baby were in the hospital for two days after the c-section, I visited after work but didn’t need to be there.

I’m not however going to jump on a guy for taking three days.

A week or two hell yes that’s wrong, but three days for a guy who played in every game last year except one?

These radio guys are way off base here


47 posted on 04/04/2014 9:55:30 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: RIghtwardHo

There used to be a radio sports guy in Cincy who would respond to black callers claiming Cincy sports fans were racists by pointing out how much they loathed Boomer Esiason.

“And, let me tell you.....very few people in America are as WHITE as Boomer Esiason!”


48 posted on 04/04/2014 10:21:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DManA

So this baseball player is unable to afford the cost of his time off? What “collective” are you talking about?


49 posted on 04/04/2014 10:46:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SECURE AMERICA

And like any other employee of any other job this man is entitled to Family Medical Leave.

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He did not need to go to that level. By contract he gets 3 days for paternity leave.


50 posted on 04/04/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT by dmz
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