Thursday, April 3, 2014

No, Boomer Esiason, C-Sections Shouldn't Be Used to Make Baseball Games

Boomer Esiason
While browsing Twitter and Facebook today I came across an article that made me a lot angrier than I thought it would.  Boomer Esiason, of pro football fame, went on his sports talk show (Boomer & Carton) and discussed the recent paternity leave of New York Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy.  If you aren't familiar with the story, Murphy decided to take 3 days off to be with his wife and newborn child and in the process missed 2 games for the Mets.  Murphy is allowed this time due to the collective bargaining agreement of the MLB and the only people that seem to have issue with it is sports talk media.  Talk show host Mike Francesa went on his show to claim that paternity leave is a scam and that one day is all that father's need.  Hell, he claims that his son was born at 9AM and he was at work that very day.  While his rant was despicable in it's own right, it was nothing compared to what Esiason had to say on his show.  Check out the video below for the full exchange, but basically he said that a c-section should have been scheduled so that Murphy could make the first game of the season.

I can't even begin to fathom the mind of an individual that would make his wife go through an actual surgery with anesthesia and risks involved just so that he could make 1 baseball game out of 162.  For starters, c-sections introduce a whole new set of risks for the mother and the child.  Birthing a child naturally has it's risks, but they pale in comparison to what could happen on the OR table.  According to a baby who is born via c-section has a higher risk of developing breathing issues due to transient tachypnea and is more likely to be injured during the birthing process than a baby born naturally.  But what about the mother?  Going under the knife for a birth elevates your risk of bleeding, blood clots, infection, and increases the risks of future pregnancies as most doctors will require you to have a c section down the road instead of a natural vaginal birth.  And what about the intense recovery time?  In Boomer's eyes though, this is all justified so that a baseball player won't miss a game.

Boomer - your comments are insanely insensitive not only to the mother and child but to the father as well.  In today's society, when fathers are increasingly shown in a negative light, you take one man who is actually doing right by his family and try to shame him as if he made the wrong decision.  Daniel Murphy is a beacon of light for fathers to aspire to.  He has a high paying job that rewards performance above all else and he decided that spending time with his newborn and his wife was more important.  This is to be applauded, not criticised.  It's surprising to see you have this kind of outlook on a paternal influence in the family especially when you do so much good for your child and the Cystic Fibrosis foundations you belong to.  Should a father only champion his family in the bad times?  No!  Being a father means being there during the bad times and sharing in the good as well.

Daniel Murphy, 2B New York Mets
Mr. Esiason, I implore you to do some research on c sections and the complications that can arise from such a decision before you give this advice in the future.  While you're at it, do some research on the benefits of a father spending time with his newborn during some of the most critical moments of that child's life.  Daniel Murphy obviously has and in terms of fathers, he's batting a thousand!


  1. I hear his point about the opportunities that arise because of work. However, does that make you slave to it? Do they expect players to be robots whose every breath 24/7 365 days a year is their sport?
    Completely ridiculous!

    1. Right - work is work. It will be there in a few days. Let the man take the time he is deserved and let him do it in peace. There are plenty of doctors and studies that show the time shortly after birth is critical for the bonding with a child. Should a baseball player be restricted from this bonding simply because he makes a lot of money? Of course not. He is given the right to take up to 3 days off (which is small in terms of most families) and that needs to be respected.

  2. A Dad's place is clearly with his newborn and his wife/girlfriend recovering from labour! Any job / sport / person trying to take those special and necessary times away isn't the right job / sport / person for that father!
    (I couldn't see the video clip as there was a message saying the downloader won't allow it in my country...the Netherlands, where paternity leave is a miserable 2 days. 1 for the birth and 1 to register the baby...)