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    New York Mets second baseman Dan Murphy became a first-time father on Monday. His wife went into labor on Sunday, he flew to Florida to be with her, and missed games on Monday and Wednesday. Some people are saying he was "lazy" and "irresponsible" and a "poor teammate" for missing the game on Wednesday, that when you sign on to play in the majors you give up some things like being home with your family for special events if they don't happen on your regular days off; some are going so far as to blame the Mets' loss on Wednesday to him not being there. Others say Murphy was right to spend an extra day with his wife, especially since she had a c-section. MLB rules allow players to take three days of paternity leave, so technically Wednesday was an extra day, but his manager totally supported Murphy taking the extra day and he doesn't face any disciplinary action over it. Your thoughts?

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    I think it should be more important to be there for your wife having a baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I think it should be more important to be there for your wife having a baby.
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    Dated a minor league baseball player and they really do sign their lives away during the season, but in the majors it is almost year around. I think this guy showed himself to be a pretty awesome father already
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    Father first. He made the right choice.
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    Yeah, I can't believe some people were making such a big deal out of it. I heard a couple of guys on the bus arguing about whether Sunday counted as his first day of paternity leave or not, because he supposedly reported for practice, but then left when he heard his wife was in labor. Like it really matters...
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    Totally support his choice. Don't mind the 'extra day' either especially since he had the support of his manager.

    Maybe some people are bitter/jealous because he went ahead and did it and in retrospect they wish they had or had been made to feel like they could have.
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    He should have just made his wife have a c-section before the season started. (sarcasm)

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    It is so early in the season, I don't understand people getting upset. I can understand in playoffs because then fans are nuts. I don't really follow baseball, is this a "key" position that would really screw up a team sport?
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    I am sure he knows what is best for his family.. I do not know how her labor went.. and they have LOTS of money for him to be able to miss... However I do understand the TEAM mentality.. not sure who was giving him a hard time .. teammates or public.. if public who cares.. if Teammates that is sad...

    All that said.. I had easy pregnancies and even with my first my husband took a day off if needed then went back to work the next day... with my second he was off so he didn't need to take any time off.

    It isn't like the guy took a month off... I would understand team members being a little upset, but if they were the public should not have known about it.. They should have been able to discuss it way ahead of time.. they had 9 months.. they knew the baby may come at this time..
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