How Sports Talk Radio Still Lives in the Dark Ages

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I am a big fan of sports talk radio.  As you can imagine though there are a lot of stupid things uttered throughout the course of the day.  Most of the time it’s the callers spewing the nonsense, but a lot of the time it’s the host that makes an ass of himself.

Daniel Murphy is the starting second baseman for the New York Mets.  His wife Tori went into labor and gave birth to their son Noah on Monday, which happened to be when the Mets opened their season against the Washington Nationals.  Murphy, who is allowed three days paternity leave under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, understandably missed Opening Day.  With the Mets off on Tuesday, many thought he would be in the lineup on Wednesday night.  He was not.  He chose to continue his paternity leave and spend more time with his wife and son.

Needless to say this did not sit well with some members of the media:

“One day I understand. And in the old days they didn’t do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”

“What are you going to do? I mean you are going to sit there and look at your wife in a hospital bed for two days? Your wife doesn’t need your help the first couple of days; you know that you’re not doing much the first couple days with the baby that was just born.” – Mike Francesa  WFAN

I’m sometimes amazed that “celebrities” can say stuff like this and still have people that want to listen to them.  The idea that a father wouldn’t want to spend time with his newborn son and his recovering wife just baffles me.  Sure a hospital room is not the most enjoyable place to spend time, but HE JUST HAD A FREAKING KID have a little compassion.  But of course I can understand why he would say that, Francesa has none… even toward his wife.

“I had three kids. . . I was at the birth and was back to work the next day. I didn’t see any reason not to be working. Harrison (Francesa’s son) was born at nine in the morning. I worked that day. What was I gonna do, sit with my wife in the hospital?” – Mike Francesa  WFAN

Actually? Yeah.

But this wasn’t even the dumbest thing that was uttered about this whole situation.  I totally understand that there are going to be people that don’t get Murphy’s decision to be with his wife.  There are a lot of older people like Francesa that just can’t seem to grasp what the year 2014 is like.  His mind is still in the 60’s.  But what I heard from Boomer Esiason could be the most completely disgusting thing that I have ever heard in my life:

“I would had said have a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I’m sorry.”Boomer Esiason WFAN

So… let me get this straight, lets have a surgery that will leave the wife completely cut open and unable to walk for weeks and weeks just so Daniel Murphy can play a baseball game?  One game of 162. That sounds completely fair.

Both of my kids were c-sections.  My wife and I obviously did not want that to be the case, but it happened.  I know that my wife was in serious pain for a long time and really wasn’t able to walk for like a month in a half.  A c-section is not a minor surgery like getting a wart removed.  It’s cutting a hole in your abdomen so that they can take  a newborn baby out of it.  It takes a long time to recover from it.

For Boomer Esiason, who wants us to donate money to his Boomer Esiason Foundation that he set up after finding out his son Gunnar was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, to say something like this is so absolutely wrong and irresponsible. Here is what is considered to be a great father and humanitarian telling people that any job should be put before the welfare of the mother and child.  Based on his past I would have expected him to be a little more sensitive. Boy was I wrong.

Both of these guys have a platform to promote anything that they want and unfortunately they use it to promote this kind of crap.  We as a society can’t move forward until this kind of backward thinking doesn’t exist.  Maybe it’s time for both of these guys to take a leave themselves… a permanent leave.

-JW

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  1. It’s a cliche but a good one — this is a teachable moment. Plenty of daddy bloggers are hitting the issue hard … and good for them.

    It truly is a generational issue, although i didn’t think Boomer was so old that he would speak so loudly for said generation. Every dad I know would be at their wife’s side when it mattered most — when their new son or daughter entered the world and met Mommy and Daddy for the first time.

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