NEW YORK (PIX11) — Sports talk radio unloaded on Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy this week, after he took two days off to be with his wife following the birth of their son.
In addition to missing Mets’ Opening Day, Murphy was out of the lineup for a second straight day which stirred up the engines of some loud-mouthed sports radio talk show hosts.
“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,” WFAN afternoon host Mike Francesa fired off Wednesday. “You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”
WFAN’s morning show co-host Boomer Esiason took it a step further, saying if he were Murphy he would have suggested surgery.
“I would’ve said [have] a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I’m sorry,” Esiason said.
According to Major League Baseball rules, a player is allowed to take 3 days off as part their collective bargaining agreement to paternity leave. Murphy took a total of 2 days, having returned for Thursday’s matinee against Washington.
Responding to the so-called controversy, the second baseman did not fire back at the radio hosts, simply saying it was “the best thing for our family.