Two radio hosts are under fire for blasting New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s three-day paternity leave.
Craig Carton, who co-hosts Boomer and Carton on CBS-affiliate WFAN, said Wednesday that Murphy, 29, should get his “(butt) back” and play baseball.
According to Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, Murphy can miss up to three days.
He’s doing just that while visiting with his wife following the birth of his son in Florida.
"To me, and this is just my sensibility, assuming the birth went well, assuming your wife is fine, assuming the baby is fine, 24 hours you stay there.” Carton said. “You get your [butt] back to team and you play baseball."
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason was a bit more half-cocked in his approach.
"I would have said, 'C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day,’” Esiason said. “I'm sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we're going to live our life, this is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life, I'll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I'm a baseball player.”
Murphy has averaged 142 games each of the last three seasons.
He’s expected back in the Mets lineup on Thursday against the Washington Nationals.
A video of Carton and Esiason posted to YouTube has since been removed following untold amounts of backlash due to the pairs’ insensitivity.