Earlier this season, New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy became the target of some unwarranted scrutiny after he was harassed by some for leaving the team for the birth of his son.
While most would deem this a more than acceptable reason to miss work, there were a few bad apples who railed on the veteran which turned a normal situation into a media frenzy.
Thankfully all of it eventually blew over and Murphy returned to the Mets clubhouse as a new father, receiving congratulations from his teammates and coaches. Well, at least for a while until they noticed something was missing.
A tradition that has been used in locker rooms across the country for years, anytime a player becomes a new father, they are to supply their teammates with cigars to ‘celebrate’ . Murphy seemingly forgot (though considering what was going on around him, that’s quite understandable) and his teammates weren’t happy with him over it.
Murphy, speaking at the Working Dad’s Summit at the White House told the story (which TMZ captured) and stated that he rushed to pull out his American Express card and handed it over to the clubhouse attendant so he could purchase enough cigars for the entire clubhouse ASAP.