New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has found himself at the center of a hot topic of debate in the opening part of the MLB season. Murphy missed New York’s first two games to be with his wife, who was giving birth to the couple’s first child. Boomer Esiason and a boatload of other people thought that was an unacceptable excuse for missing work.
Earlier this week, Esiason said on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show that Murphy’s wife should have had a C-section before the season began so he could be with his team. Esiason was joking, but he was blasted for it. He issued a lengthy apology at the start of Friday’s show.
“I just want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do,” Boomer said, via CBS New York. “I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that. That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been.
“And that is my fault. That is my fault for uttering the word ‘C-section’ on this radio station. And it all of a sudden put their lives under a spotlight, and for that I truly apologize.”
Esiason certainly wasn’t the only one. Mike Francesa was equally critical of Murphy.
“I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m gonna be honest,” Francesa said. “I mean, you see the birth and you get back.”
Murphy missed the first two games of a 162-game season. He didn’t miss the playoffs and he didn’t call out of work because he had a hangnail. As this MLB pitcher could tell you, fans and writers can be irrational sometimes. Kudos to Boomer for admitting that he was wrong.