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This seems almost too silly to bother indulging, but, well, here: New York sports-talk radio hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason ripped Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy for using his collectively bargained right to paternity leave to be with his wife in Florida after the birth of his son.

Esiason, a former NFL quarterback, argues that Murphy and his wife should have scheduled a Caesarian-section birth before the season started, because, hey, why wouldn't someone want to subject his wife and child to the increased risks inherent in that procedure on behalf of two games of Mets baseball?

Oh, that's the other thing: Despite what the hosts suggest, baseball players can only take up to three games' worth of paternity leave — not the two weeks they suggest. I learned that from Googling it, which took roughly seven seconds. But there's no room for facts when it comes time to drub up some outrage.

Daniel Murphy has played in 317 games for the Mets over the past two seasons. Obviously he's not shying away from the baseball field. If he somehow thinks the birth of his first child is more important than a couple of baseball games, it is absolutely his right to use the paternity leave that his union secured.

But then, I suppose, Boomer and Carton have the right to be angry about it, since finding stuff to get riled up about is an important part of what they do.

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