Is this still a thing in 2014? Are we still going to rag on men who take time off from work to be with their significant other right after she's given birth? I know the Conservative Right thinks paternity leave is a scam contributing to the pussification of men, but I'd have thought that the mainstream would have accepted it as normal by now. This guy is a professional athlete, not a firefighter or the President - I think the world can spare him a few days to spend some time with his newborn kid.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is going to be away from the team for a few days on paternity leave, because his wife had a child and he wants to be with his wife and child. This is a thing that men in America, even athletes, do. Usually if they don't, it's because they're not lucky enough to have a good job where they can spend time with their wife, who gave birth to a child, and their new child. It isn't anything anyone needs to get worked up about. It isn't anything anyone does get worked up about. Mike Francesa is not just anyone.
Francesa spent a solid five minutes on his radio show today ranting about how ridiculous it was that Murphy was taking paternity leave, having been convinced by someone that he will be away from the team for 10 days. (I have no idea where Francesa got 10 days from. All I've seen reported is "a couple of days.") Francesa's strong takes included: "You're a major league baseball player, you can hire a nurse," and "Whaddya gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?"
Francesa also explains that after his son was born, he was at work the very next day. Here's where we remind you that Francesa's job is to talk into a microphone, and that his day starts at 1:00 p.m., and that it's at least possible that his wife thought, "Christ, what an asshole."