A furor is raging over the New York sports wire regarding of all things, paternity leave and its effect on Major League Baseball and its players. I’m not making this stuff up I swear. The fire began when New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, was excused from the first two games of the season so he could be at his wife’s side for the birth of their son. Not everyone apparently thinks a father, especially one that’s a professional athlete, should be taking time off for such inconsequential things.
Longtime radio personality and notorious thorn in Mets fans side, Mike Francesa, went on an anti-paternity leave rant the other day on his WFAN radio show. Calling the situation a “scam” and a “gimmick” it leaves one to wonder what life in the Francesa home was like in his or his kid’s formative years? Since he’s gone on record calling what Murphy did as being a “scam” and a “gimmick”, I would be remised not to point out that Francesa’s own father abandoned his family when Mike was just 8 years old. So I guess being a cold hearted prick must be one of those passed down family traditions, kind of like Sunday gravy.
Even Boomer Esiason on his radio show, “Boomer and Carton” weighed in on the situation with this sage nugget of wisdom while acknowledging that Murphy has a legal right to miss work:
Eat your heart out Marcus Welby. Well there you have it ladies, and from the mouth of the guy who’s put more thought into this than anything he did in all the years he was quarterbacking the Jets. But wait, Dr. Esaison continued:
"This is what makes our money, this is how we're gonna live our life. This is gonna give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I wanna send my kid to because I'm a baseball player."
Yes so true Boomer because you know that taking 2 precious days to see an event that should be more important than anything you’ve ever accomplished on the gridiron is simply pushing the envelope of rationale. What’s next? Are we going to give NFL players who are convicted felons the right to keep earning millions? Stop the madness!
You know you would think that Esaison would have a bit more empathy considering the great work he’s done with his Foundation that funds research for cystic fibrosis, a disease of the respiratory and digestive systems that affects his own son, Gunnar.
I could see if Murphy was asking for 6 weeks leave, as is normally the case with maternity leave. But the team policy is 3 days max for paternity leave. All of this outrage coming from a sport where players miss weeks and months on end when they pull a muscle – 2 days for the birth of your child – heracy!
This phony machismo attitude by these radio personalities and ex-athletes doesn’t play well in this day and age. I could almost hear Francesa say that Mickey Mantle wouldn’t ever do something like this. Of course not but then again I wouldn’t put Mantle up as a father of the year candidate either. Look I get the locker room, testosterone driven mentality where you rub dirt on an injury and you keep your mouth shut even if you probably shouldn’t be on the field playing.
The "scam" Francesa referred to was his producer Brian Monzo taking 10 days for paternity leave, not Murphy. That being said, Boomer and Francesa should be embarrassed. The Mets stink with Murphy. They can stink without him for two days.ReplyDelete
This isn't anything new from Francesa. He makes dumb idiotic statements on a regular basis so I'm not fully surprised, but Boomer's comments are ridiculous! To suggest that a woman have a C-Section, or that any husband decide to put his wife under major surgery JUST so that they could be back in time to play Opening Day is unbeliavable! I think Boomer & Carton just lost a long time listener for these irrational and insensitive suggestions and views... and for Mike? #FireFrancesaReplyDelete
I can't believe what Boomer has become.
Does he go out the back door with all the other disc jockeys an smoke in between commercial breaks?
I was there, in radio, when Howard Stern, Howard Eskin, Rush, Don Imus, etc. were created. It was all drama. Program Directors crated the Mad Dogs you list to now and, trust me, everybody that said they hated Stern, could quote every word he said every morning. They listened.
Maternity leave is the choice of the parents. No issue here. No drama.
Hope things are well with you.