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Daniel Murphy speaks at White House summit

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.”




62 comments
baseballnblues
baseballnblues

This is the definition of a real man. Good for you, Murph.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Really, Daniel??? Who dressed you for going to the White House??? Your child? You've got a decent contract; use it!!!

The Uconn b-ball team was there, too, and I bet each college kid was dressed better than you were…

Cheeeeeesh...

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

Anyone that criticized Murphy for taking three days off to witness the birth of his first child should never have an opinion on family planning.  Your ideas are archaic and unevolved and we don't need to hear them.  

bugsy
bugsy

The night my first son was born, I missed a meeting where the union I belonged to voted whether or not to end a strike.


Thankfully, baseball players were also on strike at the time, so I didn't have to make the difficult decision whether or not to stay home to watch the Mets.


Of course, today it would be different. The Mets are even harder to watch than a woman having labor pains for 12 hours.


kimbo
kimbo

I fixed the quote for Murphy: " When Noah asks me one day, ‘What happened? What was it like when I was born?’ I could have answered ‘Well, I made a couple of bonehead running plays and dropped a flip on a potential double play But, I think it’s going to go so much further in that I’m the one who cut his umbilical cord."

mike23
mike23

I think we forget how important it is to have valuable clubhouse types on a team, Murphy is the type of player on and off the field much like Wright who make the team better just by being positive role models. I would not mind seeing murphy get an extension on his contract and continue being the mets 2b for years to come.... need these type of players on your team. We see so many athletes doing wrong in some capacity, over and over again, murphy may have his short comings on the field but his leadership and hustle can not be questioned. 


These are the type of players I would fill my roster with if I was a owner/gm, forget those that continue to be distractions and make the wrong decisions over and over again. Props to Murphy for keeping things real and positive in a struggling mets organization.  

mike23
mike23

Great quotes from Murphy, I could careless what other people think If I feel in my gut that I am doing the right thing. Props to Murphy for not basing his life decisions on others, good job murphy.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

" . . . Plus most stay-at-home fathers (and moms) possess far-better base-running instincts than I do."

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

In September 2008, I skipped the first day of my college semester to see a Mets/Phillies game at Shea. The Mets lost, but when Murphy worked a 13 pitch at-bat against Brad Lidge, I knew he would become one of my favorite Mets. This quote at the White House sealed it. Totally love this guy! 

minion
minion

You tell 'em, Murph! A no-brainer decision if you ask me. Only a controversy for macho Cro-Magnon Franceser types.

Doubleday
Doubleday

I've said this before about Murph, and I'll say it again:  As a father who raised a son, I am proud that the second baseman of the team I so dearly love took the time out of his off-day to stand up for the rights of fathers.  

Paul Thomas Mannino
Paul Thomas Mannino

A fitting post pre-Father's Day. I'm not taking this gift for granted. Happy to be able to use all of the opportunities afforded by my compensation package to be with family: sick days, vacation days, and holidays. I was glad to be able to be with my wife when my daughter was born. I played "Push It" on my iPad while my wife was giving birth, and she was laughing while my daughter came into this world. Priceless stuff!

billennium
billennium

"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.”

Awesome. 

1963PoloGrounds
1963PoloGrounds

Way to go, Murph.  Nice to see lots of posters here are with you. Nothing is more important than investing your time, dedication and love into family.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

Probably the best thing anyone in this organization has said all year. Nice to hear a guy who gets it.

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

Murph,

As always, we're proud of you - on and off the field!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I still don't get this working families summit, especially having men speak.  Hasn't it always been this way? ...... with dad, in most cases,  being the primary bread winner?  Don't see a pressing need to break into little groups to discuss. 

Kyle Fischer
Kyle Fischer

I love Murph, but it seems like he's missing the point.  Nobody was questioning him missing opening day (Strasburg reference he made).  People were questioning him missing the second game.


I have no problem with him being there to see the birth of his child.  All fathers should.  I do think it's a fair debate about whether he should have missed the second game.  There is no right or wrong - I just feel it's a fair debate.

herblehman
herblehman

I came here to say "Good for Murphy" and was expecting to be one of the few people to take his side. Very glad that I am wrong in this case.

David Allen Pratt
David Allen Pratt

Nice, Murph! I feel like the last time the Mets played in any important races was when a guy named Noah built a certain very large boat!

exileinla
exileinla

The only question is why anyone ever gives any credibility to the media loudmouths of the world to begin with? 

That Murphy did the right thing is obvious...

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Get R Done Murphy.  My favorite Met.

rico
rico

Kudos to Murphy! 


Now if only he could learn which base to throw to and how to run the bases…just saying

Lou Di Falco
Lou Di Falco

Good for you Murph. You give Mets fans something to be proud of today.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

The greatest gift a man can have is the gift of fatherhood. Very impressed and proud of this man for standing up for his beliefs. The Mike Francesa's of this world will never understand that it takes more than being a sperm donor to your wife to be a dad. Thanks, Murph, for repping.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Got to respect Murphy for getting his priorities right. . . baseball is a short life cycle experience. Family first is above all.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Nice job Murph! Much respect. The people that criticized him are mindless jocks, with the exception of Francesa, who's just mindless.

Adolfo Arauz
Adolfo Arauz

Is he doing a clint eastwood impersonation?

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

@Vincent Santiago Hey Mr. Self-Righteous, a question for you: Would you say the same thing if we were talking about the World Series?

90wins
90wins

@Vincent Santiago The Mets lost on opening day and that did not sit well with the Mets fanbase. If the Mets won their first 3 games, Murph could have taken one whole week of paternity leave and nobody would have questioned his decision.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@kimbo  really? Who cares! Murphy's bat makes up for absolutely anything he does in the field. I can't stand all of this Murphy bashing. He's a better fielder than you give him credit for.

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

@kimbo I'd rather my Father had been playing professional baseball than cutting my umbilical cord (which is kind of a creepy thought).

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@mike23 Mruph is a great clubhouse guy and a good major league hitter but he cannot run the bases and he also seems to get by oh sheer luck when turning a double play.  

mike23
mike23

@Kyle Fischer I'm sure his wife appreciated the fact that he cared enough to be there for more than one day, that is all that matters. 

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

Since when do we have 1 decent outfielder? Did we make a trade this morning???

Joe Weiskopf
Joe Weiskopf

He's a proud father, made it to the major leagues, and makes a nice income. How is your life going???,,,,,just saying.

gpopper
gpopper

But it wasn't the WS. It was three regular season games. Family comes first, always. After baseball, family is there for you. No self righteous, just common sense and love of family.

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott

@90wins I'm guessing Daniel Murphy cares more about the birth of his first child, than he does about what some idiotic fans think about the first 2 losses of the season. I hope you don't have any kids of your own.

trmetsfan
trmetsfan

@90wins
Surprised no one has mentioned, remember his wife ended up having  a c-section and he decided to stay the extra day because of that.


100% agree and proud of his decision...during that particular time his family came first.  He already was favorite met and this just makes me like him even more,

rico
rico

@nolrog @rico hey I congratulated him yesterday when ya'll were arguing about Wally or some crap,