Mar 27, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) makes a play against the Washington Nationals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Boomer & Carton spew idiotic garbage about Daniel Murphy taking paternity leave

Ah, there’s nothing quite like sports talk radio when it comes to providing inane and offensive analysis.

Presented below is a video of intellectual heavyweights Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason discussing New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy, who missed one game for the Mets last season, was recently placed on paternity leave so he could be with his wife following the birth of their child. According to Carton and Esiason, spending time with his newborn child makes Murphy selfish.

Watch (and try not to gag):

Oh boy.

Let’s count the genius moments, shall we?

1) Carton, pathetically hedging a bit with a “this is just my sensibility” disclaimer, says Murphy should have left his wife’s side 24 hours after the birth. Why? Because since Murphy is “not breastfeeding the kid,” he obviously has no valuable way to contribute to the situation. (Emotional support for his wife? Wanting to spend a few special days with his newborn child? PSHAW! Those are bullshit reasons. Unless a child is born with some horrible defect requiring care, there’s no justifiable reason for a father to stick around after a birth. Get back to your job, bro!)

2) Esiason, in what I assume is an attempt to one-up Carton’s idiocy, says the correct call with regards to the situation would have been for Murphy and his wife to schedule a C-section before the season started. Which is totally true. I mean, think about how selfish Murphy and his wife were to decide against undergoing a medical procedure and choosing instead to have a natural birth. So inconsiderate! Sure it’s their “right” to make that decision or whatever, but choices regarding something as personal as giving birth to a child should definitely be set aside when it comes to the opening few games of a 162-game season. As Esiason puts it around the two-minute mark, missing a few games will impact the Murphy family’s finances — baseball players are paid by the hour, after all — so Mr. Murphy is actual doing a disservice to his family by taking a couple days off from work.

3) Carton, looking to the future, says he doesn’t “think” Murphy will miss two weeks of action due to paternity leave, but he wants it to be known the threat of Murphy missing so much time is a real thing. Which it isn’t. Because Major League Baseball allows players to miss up to three games for paternity leave. Which you can learn by doing a search for “MLB paternity leave.” Which takes all of 0.25 seconds.

4) Esiason concludes with a “get your ass back to work,” because, again, Murphy is clearly screwing himself out of ungodly sums of money — money that will help his kid afford college! — by missing a couple of games.

Thanks for your Hot Takes, guys. Real winning material right there.

[H/t: For the Win]

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  • MrMetFan akaSell theTeamFred!

    Spoken like two true metfans!? haha I luv it! Perhaps it was staged to either get their listeners laughing or for the free bad press, regardless I’ll take these two over mike and the mad dog any day or either of them individually since they have since divorced or separated. haha

  • Rob Stumpf

    Paternity leave for grown men is ridiculous. It’s not the guy that is having the baby.

    • Patrick Allen

      So the man has absolutely no responsibility to help take care of the child? Is it the woman’s responsibility to get right on top of taking care of that child after, you know, carrying it for 9 months and then going through a tragically grueling and painful birthing process?Bet she’s not tired all.

  • Aaron Somers

    I’d love for someone to ask each of their wives if they wanted them around at the birth of their kids. Did Esiason force his wife to schedule deliveries when he didn’t have practice or a game just so that he could be there? Maybe he just took one too many blows to the head during his own professional career to remember being there for his own kids’ birth.

    • Patrick Allen

      If I “told”my wife, one, that she had to have a c-section at all and two, that she had to do it on a certain date so I could hurry up and ditch her and the kid to go play baseball, I wouldn’t have a wife.

      • Aaron Somers

        Yes, exactly.

        I’m also far from a professional athlete but there was no chance I was going to miss the birth of my daughter. I’d of quit my job at the time on the spot if someone had tried to stand in my way. To suggest otherwise is just ridiculous.

        • Patrick Allen

          It is also ridiculous to suggest, and I am sure you know this better than I being that you are a father, that after a couple of days there is “nothing for the man to do” because apparently all you need to take care of a baby is a pair of breasts and some milk.

          • Aaron Somers

            Haha yes, that is a ridiculous statement. There’s plenty to do on a daily basis. Most of it is fun, in it’s own way.


    Actually she didn’t have natural childbirth.
    She had a Caesarean which is surgery.

  • Robyn Malino

    So if the Mets are not in the playoffs this year are Boomer and Carton going to blame Murphy for missing 3 games in APRIL.

  • michael

    They get paid to spew “idiotic garbage,” because that’s what people demand from the media. Just reporting the news went out of fashion years ago; there are a few Vin Scullys hanging on but this junk is what media outlets are looking for, and that’s because it sells.

  • Scruffy Longfellow

    Daniel Murphy absolutely should not have to defend himself. This is a once in a
    lifetime experience and it is his choice weather to be there or not.
    Though is there more leeway given to some athletes than others based on
    how many games constitute a season? (player in MLB vs player in NFL)
    <- kind of same argument as whats on thread ( )

  • Grant Stoddart

    #1 she had a C section- it could have been done 2 days earlier
    #2 we are talking about a pro ahlete making millions a year who can afford all the help the wife needs
    #3 This guy gets 3- 4 months off a year anyway
    #4 Nobody stated he should not be there for the birth. Most fathers go back to work after 24 hours

    #5 Stu needs to get off his soap box. Regular guys don’t take days off after a birth. They want to keep their Job

    • Patrick Allen

      When I read this comment, this is ow it translates to me:

      #1. Women aren’t people, they’re cattle and are fit to be sliced open at any day and time their Lord Husbands find to be appropriate.

      #2. The wide, who has just been sliced open so that a human being can be removed from here body (and who has just carried that human being in her body for nine months) and the child are in no need of the father (also known in some circles as the “other parent”) in the days following the piece of cake slicing open and removing of a person from said woman. Money is involved here so it should be thrown at strangers, extended family members and even the mother if need be, so the father can get back to the very important job of hitting a ball with a stick.

      #3. This point, if I can call it that, has absolutely nothing to do with the two radio hosts above and their ludicrously misogynistic comments. Clearly the fact that the player has had multiple days off at a different time of year in which his wife wasn’t being cut open to have their child removed from her body is a good explanation for why it is unacceptable for him to want to be there in the few days after she has had a human being cut out of her body. Clearly he isn’t going to be doing anything int he three days after the birth anyway, except maybe playing golf and smoking cigars while his wife gets back to her woman’s work of breast-feeding and making him sandwiches.

      #4. Nobody stated that he should not be there for the birth, simply that he should tell his wife, who is not a person with needs or feelings anyway, when to have a a traumatic surgery so that he can go back to the much more important job of playing a sport.

      #5. I don’t like it when people have other opinions than me, especially when those opinions involve illustrating and ridiculing outdated,misogynistic thinking that is so ingrained in my every day life that not even do I not notice it or care when I see it but that I actually get angry when anybody tries to point it out to me. I am also the person that comments “WHO CARES! STOP WHINING. I’M SO SICK OF THE PC POLICE” on any internet post that makes me feel the slightest big uncomfortable.

      Also, can you define what a “regular guy” is?

      • Grant Stoddart

        A regular guy is definitely not you. You need to get a life and not sit in your bedroom pontificating (look it up in the dictionary, help you with your spelling) and spewing out garbage

  • HoOGenghisB .

    Bravo Stu White, take a bow. Thank you for picking up on the Murphy’s family finances bit, I think that point went underappreciated by all who picked up on this story.