NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair. Tom Van Arsdale Jersey . Murphy made his season debut Thursday, three days after the birth of son Noah. He called staying in Florida an extra day "the right decision to make" following wife Victorias cesarean section and said "we felt the best thing for our family was for me to stay." He learned Sunday that his wifes water broke, then travelled to Florida and missed Mondays 9-7 opening loss to Washington and Wednesday nights 5-1 defeat. He said his son was born at 12:02 p.m. Monday. Major league rules allow up to three days of paternity leave, and WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesa said on the air Wednesday that Murphy should not have skipped the second game. "One day I understand. And in the old days they didnt do that," Francesa said. "But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. Youre a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help." A day later, Collins bristled after learning of the comments. "If youre accusing Dan Murphy of not wanting to play -- this guy played 161 games last year, wore himself out, played through all sorts of discomfort," he said. "You know, the man had his first child. Hes allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went. Theres nothing against it. Theres nothing wrong with it. You know, he missed two games. Its not like hes missed 10. You know, when you start attacking Dan Murphys credibility, you need to look in the mirror a little bit." Murphy said he received text messages about the criticism. He was applauded before his first at-bat, singled and scored the Mets first run against the Nationals. He said his son was named after the Biblical character Noah, not for Mets teammate Noah Syndergaard. "People are going to say you named him after the monstrosity that throws like 1,000 miles an hour," Murphy said. "We didnt. Noah came from Noahs Ark. Peace and rest is what it means." Baby Noah kept his parents awake at 3 a.m. Wednesday. "We had our first panic session. It was dark. She tried to change a diaper, couldnt do it. I came in," he said. "It was just the three of us, 3 oclock in the morning, all freaking out. He was the only one screaming. I wanted to." NOTES: Murphy took the roster spot of OF Chris Young, who was put on the 15-day disabled list because of tightness in his right quadriceps. Dick McGuire Jersey . -- Peyton Manning is the only player in this Super Bowl who has won the big game. Walter Dukes Jersey .C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach.FRASERVILLE, Ont. - The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship will have to wait another day as the 2013 season finale scheduled for Saturday at Kawartha Speedway was postponed due to inclement weather. The Pintys 250 has been rescheduled to Sunday, with the green flag scheduled for 3:15pm et. Practice is slated for 10am et and qualifying for the 26-car field is set for 1pm et. D.J. Kennington carries a five-point advantage over Scott Steckly into the race as the pair of two-time champions look to become the series first three-time titlist. Eddie Miles Jersey. The defending champion Kennington also is trying to become the first driver to claim back-to-back crowns. Jason Hathaway at 22 points behind Kennington is mathematically alive for the championship, as well. Practice and qualifying will be streamed live on TSN.ca. Catch all the action online, beginning with practice at 10:30am et/7:30am pt and qualifying at 1pm et/10am pt. ' ' '
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Dec 14, 2019
received for taking paternity
received for taking paternity