Recently New York Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy decided to take two days of paternity leave to be with his wife as she underwent a cesarean section, missing the first two games of the season. (He is allowed three days of leave under Major League Baseball rules.) Sports commentator Boomer Esiason criticized Murphy for making this decision, stating, “C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. I’m sorry, this is what makes our money.” Esiason later apologized days after public outcry about his statement, but he was not alone in his sentiment. Another radio host, Mike Francesa, said of Murphy’s decision, “You are a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse.”
First, Boomer Esiason can choke on a bag of dicks. I’m sorry, this is what makes assholes shut up.
Second, I took 6 whole weeks of paternity leave when my kid was born, because I was lucky to have a job with good benefits and enough stored-up sick leave to do it. I still remember those days. They were honestly some of the best in my life. If we really were a country committed to “family values”, every father would have an opportunity for paid leave to bond with their new baby, even if they had the most important and consequential job in the world, trying to hit and catch a little white ball.
Plus, he plays for the goddam Mets, which makes his time off even less consequential.