Q&A: Daniel Murphy, the Insurance Person

Dm1SNY’s Ask the Booth inbox gets a wide variety of e-mails, from reasonable baseball questions for Ron Darling to unmentionable personal questions for Keith Hernandez.

Sorting through them is a chore, but one that pays off big time when you come across something like the following picture, sent in by Daniel Murphy’s former classmate Kara.

Why does it say ‘Insurance Person’ under the photo?  Because that’s what he said he wanted to be when he grew up.

Here is a brief Q&A I conducted with Murphy, who gave MetsBlog permission to use the photograph:

Ted Berg: You wanted to be an insurance person?

Daniel Murphy: That’s all I could think of. You know, I was 11.

Ted Berg: Do you find it ironic at all, that — when every fifth grader in the world wants to be a baseball player when they grow up – you said, “Insurance Person?”

Daniel Murphy: I’m more of a realist.

Ted Berg: But here you are.

Daniel Murphy: Here I am.

Ted Berg: So what happened?

Howard Megdal: Was this your fallback?

Daniel Murphy: I think it was the next year I decided I wanted to be a baseball player.

Ted Berg: There’s a sense about you among Mets fans about your businesslike approach to the game – it’s almost a cliche at this point.  So when I saw that picture I thought, man, this is perfect.  This guy meant business in the fifth grade.  Do you think there’s something about you that makes people think that way, and is it the same thing that made you say you wanted to be an insurance person?

Daniel Murphy: That was just the first thing I slopped out.  They snuck it up on us for the yearbook, I think.  My mom worked in business – she worked in insurance, so that’s where that came from.  The business approach?  I don’t know.  Do you take your job seriously?

Ted Berg: Vaguely.  Probably not like you do.

Daniel Murphy: I’d say you do, just more people watch me.  I mean, I have fun.  You know, Delgado makes that play [Wednesday] and everybody’s cheering him, I’m laughing out in left field because I know what it’s like.  I’m working hard and I feel like I’m getting a lot more comfortable, and I take the game seriously because it’s my form of work, but I’m going to have fun.  Fans aren’t able to hang out with me outside the stadium…

Ted Berg: No, no – it’s a very reverential thing.

Daniel Murphy: Well, it’s easy on this team.  You fall in line.

Ted Berg: What about the safety patrol badge?  How’d you get that?

Daniel Murphy: I’m smart, brother.  Only about twenty kids in the grade get that.