Mets 2B Daniel Murphy spent Monday’s off day speaking at the Working Families Summit at the White House >> Watch Here.
Murphy was put on paternity leave and missed Opening Day so he could be with his wife for the birth of his son.
His decision got national attention after being ridiculed by two local talk radio hosts, which naturally turned in to a week long debate among fans when fueled by other media.
“When Noah asks me one day, ‘What happened? What was it like when I was born?’ I could have answered ‘Well, Stephen Strasburg hung me a breaking ball that day, son, and I slammed it into the right-field corner,'” Murphy said at the White House. “But, I think it’s going to go so much further in that I’m the one who cut his umbilical cord. And long after they tell me that I’m not good enough to play professional baseball anymore, I’ll be a father. And I’ll be a husband. So that was a reason on the front end that I wanted to be there for my wife and for my son.”