Murphy: “Long after they tell me that I’m not good enough to play professional baseball anymore, I’ll be a father”
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy spoke at the White House this morning as part of the Working Families Submit on being a working father. You may recall that Murphy absorbed significant criticism after missing the first two games of the season for the birth of his son, Noah.
Below are some excerpts from his speech, as well as a photo courtesy of SNY:
“The support I got from my teammates and the coaches was just unbelievable,” Murphy said. “Our manager, Terry Collins, came out after the hoopla had come from our decision as a family, and he really stuck behind me, told me that I’d played 161 ball games the year before, knew I was a guy who came to work and played ball every day. Just to get that support from him, from our owners wishing us congratulations, the players on the team just really congratulating us—it was a level of support that you hope you don’t need that affirmation when you make a decision like this, but to get it from my teammates and the organization was awesome.
“When Noah asks me one day, “What happened, what was it like when I was born?” I could have answered “Well, Stephen Strasburg hung me a breaking ball that day, son, and I slammed into the right field corner…” [laughter] But I think it’s going to go so much further in that I’m the one who cut his umbilical cord. And long after they tell me that I’m not good enough to play professional baseball anymore, I’ll be a father. And I’ll be a husband. [applause] So that was a reason, on the front end, that I wanted to be there for my wife and for my son.”
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