Paternity Leave in the MLB

Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy missed opening day to be with his wife for the birth of their child. In response, New York radio jockeys shared some problematic comments on paternity leave and the world of sports. 

Mike Francesa: “You’re a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse.” 

Boomer Esiason: “I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day. I’m sorry, this is what makes our money. This is how we’re going to live our life.’”

In his most recent post, Dave Zirin takes both men to task, arguing that “Their idealized sports world as a masculinist cocoon absent of progress and insulated from the real world is withering before their eyes.

It’s increasingly clear that we are entering a new era of political correctness…. This kind of thinking is only possible at certain moments: when liberalism seems to have failed but the right is not yet in charge. At such times, old-fashioned liberal values like free speech and robust, open debate seem like tainted adjuncts of an oppressive system, and it’s still possible for radicals to believe that the ideas suppressed as hateful won’t be their own.
Voices of white men are privileged to such a degree that the white male experience is presumed to be the default, and every other experience becomes somehow other. The inherent bias that must result from existing at the intersection of racial, gender, class and every other conceivable privilege is erased. The rest of us are biased, we are told, by virtue of not being white, or male or middle class. The voices that we need to hear…are drowned out, marginalized and ignored.