Dear Boomer Esiason: Daniel Murphy is not just 'a baseball player'

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"Quite Frankly I woulda said C-section before the season starts, I need to be at Opening Day."

Those were the incredibly insensitive words that sprouted their way out of the once great NFL quarterback and commentator.

Yesterday acted as the day I lost all respect for this man. There is one thing trying to do the Skip Bayless devils advocate approach to broadcasting, but saying things like this is just plain sick.

These comments were regarding the decision of Daniel Murphy to take a brief paternity leave after his wife gave birth.

The New York Mets second baseman explained his decision to miss time with his team during the early part of the MLB season.

"My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try and to stay for an extra day," he told Salon.

"She was completely finished. I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot. It felt, for us, like the right decision to make."

Murphy should be commended for this approach to life, not just baseball. At the end of the day we are not defined by what our job is, we are defined by the way we act and the way we care for our loved ones.

Esiason, however, doesn't seem to think that should be Murphy's thought process.

Boomer explained what the Mets man should have said to his wife, suggesting as mentioned above that a C-section should have been taken before the start of the season.

"This is what makes our money, this is gonna give my child every opportunity to be success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I wanna send my kid to because I'm a baseball player."

Murphy is not just a baseball player and he will tell you that Mr Esiason. He is a husband and a father first and foremost.

Baseball decisions such as missing mere few days of the season are a secondary thought, and as well they should be.

The legal amount of time for paternity leave is two weeks, and Murphy commitments meant he couldn't take that.

All he wanted was one day, and you stupidly criticized him.

Well, at least you're sorry but it doesn't make up for it.

"My deep apologies to both Daniel and Tori Murphy for creating an intrusion into a very sacred and personal moment in their lives, and that’s the birth of their son, Noah," CBS Local reported.

"Daniel is the Mets’ second baseman, whose brief paternity leave led to a flippant and insensitive remark that I sincerely regret"

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