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MLB Player Puts Fatherhood First Misses Games


New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy recently took a few strikes from the media for taking three days of paternity leave to be present for the birth of his son, Noah, and enjoy time with his family. He missed two games because of his absence.  The Major League rules allow up to three days of paternity leave, so he was not in the wrong, but that did not matter to some.

Shots were fired by WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesa said on the air, “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.”

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason who said, “Quite frankly, I would have said C-section before the season starts.” “I need to be at opening day, I’m sorry”

Times have changed and Murphy is a  home run of a sign for father’s stepping up to bat. Everyone needs to quiet the noise and let the world change. As dads, we have to be there more. Not just making a living but involved in our family living.

“We had our first panic session. It was dark. She tried to change a diaper, couldn’t do it. I came in,” he said. “It was just the three of us, 3 o’clock in the morning, all freaking out. He was the only one screaming. I wanted to.” – Daniel Murphy

The key phrases that are worth their weight in gold were “I came in” and “It was just the three of us.”  Salute!  Your heart is in the right place, good sir. You really know what is important, Daniel Murphy.

We stand behind Murphy here at DaddysCool. Play ball!  #FatherhoodFriday.

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