Defending Dads Everywhere

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is visiting a well-known residence on Pennsylvania Avenue to discuss an issue that gave him some flack.

daniel-murphy-baseball-headshot-photoMurphy, who usually serves as the table-setter for the heart of the Mets lineup, was at the White House on Monday, June 9 to discuss the state of working dads in the United States.

Murphy was criticized on sports talk radio for missing the team’s first two games of this season to be with his wife for the birth of their son, Noah, including the home opener against the Nationals.

Talk show hosts Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason both criticized Murphy for leaving the team to witness the birth. Esiason said that Murphy’s wife, Tori, should have gotten a C-section so that Murphy could play the games. He later apologized for that comment.

Under MLB’s collective bargaining agreement, players are allowed up to a three-day absence for paternity leave.

Murphy stuck to his guns when he was criticized for taking the short leave of absence and he continued to do so at the White House this week. We certainly commend him for wanting to be there for his family, even through the busy schedule that is the MLB season.

We hope that the second baseman enjoys Father’s Day.