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April 6, 2014

Murphy chose to be a dad, so what's the problem?

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Over the past two decades there have been several national and global tragedies that have led to talking heads in the media uttering something akin to this phrase: “This really puts things in perspective.”

Normally, that perspective has something to do with putting family first.

Daniel Murphy put his family first last week, and those same rambling folks berated his choice.

Let’s start off by saying this:

If I were Murphy, I would have done the same thing.

Now you’re wondering, “Who’s Daniel Murphy?” I’ll tell you: He plays second base for the New York Mets.

Last week he left New York to go to Florida and be with his wife, who was about to give birth to the couple’s first child. In doing so, because he missed a few days of work, it became a national news story.

Talking heads on nationally syndicated New York radio shows made headlines as they questioned the validity of paternity leave. One such host, Boomer Esiason, said that during his football playing career he would have told his wife to schedule a c-section so that he could play his next game. Another host, Mike Francesa, called the whole idea of paternity leave a “scam.”

I haven’t recently taken a trip in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and found myself in pre-1920s America, have I? The date on this page does say the year is 2014, not 1914, correct?

I understand that it was Opening Day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. If I get the chance in my next life to make the roster of a Major League team on Opening Day, only two things would keep me away: life or death.

The death part of that is obvious, and that would fall under most companies’ bereavement leave policy. That also can lead to people griping, but that’s a separate issue.

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