Sports Radio Jocks Slam NY Met's Daniel Murphy Over Wife Giving Birth
What's got everyone so worked up?
It's all about the New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy missing the team's first two games of the new season to be with his wife, Victoria at the birth of their son, Noah.
The Mets lost both games and radio personalities Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton lashed out at Murphy's absence.
Carton said on the radio show, "There's nothing you can do anyway. You're not breast-feeding the kid. Assuming your wife is fine, assuming the baby is fine, 24 hours. You stay there. Baby's good. You have a good support system for the mom and the baby, you get your ass back to your team and you play baseball."
Esiason went one step further, saying, "I would have said, 'C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. I'm sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we're going to live our life. This is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I'm a baseball player.' "
Another sports radio talk show host, Mike Francesa, had this to say: "To be honest, I don't get it. You're a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse."
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The jaw-dropping criticism of Murphy is really stirring things up. On Good Morning America, Amy Robach said,"You're asking someone to take a potentially dangerous surgery that they don't need to accomodate a baseball game."
Even actor Christian Slater weighed in on the Today show, saying, "That's definitely an antiquated, old thought pattern there that doesn't make a lot of sense."
Murphy and his pretty wife, Victoria were married in 2012. Baby Noah is their first child, weighing eight pounds, two ounces.
Mets broadcaster Ron Darling came to Murphy's defense, telling INSIDE EDITION, "We should be welcoming that, not criticizing it. We're imploring our players to be better fathers, better husbands, be there for the birth of children. Anyone who talks against that is a caveperson."
Murphy was back in the lineup Thursday and promptly got a base hit. He had this to say: "I think having her husband there, having me there, was a great support system for her. You know, put in the same situation, I'd gladly do it again."