Sometimes a thing becomes a thing and you can’t figure out for the life of you how the thing ever became such a thing.
Such is the case with the Daniel Murphy paternity leave flap.
How did people ever get so charged up over a baseball player taking a little time off to be with his wife and newborn child? And how did other people ever get so charged up about the first group of people getting charged up?
I don’t know. But it happened.
Murphy took a few days off from playing a game for money, because he wanted to share the joy of child birth with his wife, and some people got very upset about it.
Boomer Esiason was one of the people who got upset. He took to the radio airwaves to, as astonishing as it sounds, rip Daniel Murphy.
He also ripped Daniel Murphy’s wife for being so rude as to give birth during the season. Which might be going a bit far?
“Quite frankly, I would have said C-section before the season starts,” Esiason said on his radio show. “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. 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.”
Does Boomer realize Murphy is still going to get paid whether he misses opening day or not?
The “I would have had a C-section” part is what really got people miffed, apparently. Especially women. Especially especially women who are sensitive about men telling women what to do with their bodies.
That is one group of people you don’t want to tick off. Boomer ticked them off so now he is backtracking. Fast.
Esiason once again went on the airwaves, this time with contrition in his heart.
“I just want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do,” Esiason said, via CBS New York. “I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that. That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been.”
And this is somehow the point we’ve reached. We’ve reached the point where Boomer Esiason has had to apologize over the radio airwaves for talking about paternity leave and C-sections.
How did we get here? I’m not certain. But I suspect the internet may have had something to do with it. Specifically Twitter.
A rough chart of the progress of this silliness shows at point A, a small group of people making too big a deal about something for the purpose of “hot takes,” and at point B, a large group of people making too big a deal about that for the purpose of HAVING SOMETHING TO GRIPE ABOUT ON TWITTER.
Boomer apologized for being a dope. Now will the people who put the screws to Boomer apologize for being politically correct bullies?
I kinda doubt it. But that’s just how it goes.
Me, I don’t think what Daniel Murphy did was a big deal. I don’t think what Boomer Esiason said was a big deal. But I’m writing about this anyway.
I’d rather be writing about stadium hot dogs, but that’s how it goes. We’re all riding in this whirlwind. And there is no damn way out.