NEW YORK (NBC) -
A New York Mets player defended his decision to skip the first two games of the season to be present for the birth of his son.
Little did Daniel Murphy know that his choice would spark criticism from sports casters and a larger discussion about paternity problems.
The second baseman took the field Thursday, and said he had wanted to be there for his wife.
“It is exhilarating. My wife and I really enjoyed the experience. It was a humbling process to see how well she handled it. It was an awesome occasion to see the birth of your son, I can’t really describe it,” Murphy said.
Major League Baseball allows three paid days for new dads, where many American companies don’t provide any. A 2012 study said just about 3 percent of businesses provide paid paternity leave.
One of the sports talk show critics apologized on his show, saying, “I’m truly sorry for the insensitive comments that I made earlier this week about paternity leave.”