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Sports pundits rip NY Mets 2B for taking maternity leave

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy stood by his wife’s side as she delivered their first child, but now the major leaguer is receiving some criticism from sports pundits for missing the first two games of the season.
New York (WSYR-TV/ABC News) - New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy stood by his wife’s side as she delivered their first child, but now the major leaguer is receiving some criticism from sports pundits for missing the first two games of the season.

Murphy's child Noah, was born on Monday and weighed in at 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

The second baseman had the blessing of his employer and was legally allowed to take three days off under the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' union.

But, sports pundits such as former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason are giving Murphy flack for missing the first two games of the Mets' season.

"Quite frankly I would've said, 'C-section before the season starts," Esiason said on his radio show "Boomer and Carton." "I need to be at opening day.”

"You're a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse," Mike Francesa said of Murphy on the same radio show. "What are you going to do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?"

Pending the health of the child and mother, Craig Carton said, "You get your ass back to your team and you play baseball. That's my take on it. There's nothing you can do, anyway. You're not breastfeeding the kid. What are you doing? I've got four of these little rug rats. There's nothing to do."

But Murphy is defending his choice to be with his wife during the birth of their child.

“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," Murphy said.




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