Public Backlash as Mets Player Takes Paternity Leave

Daniel Murphy is choosing to miss the start of baseball season to be in the delivery room for the birth of his son.
3:00 | 04/04/14

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Now to this big controversy for the baseball season. Who would have thought it was going to be about paternity leave? Well, it is. Daniel Murphy of New York and the mets have stirred up debate by choosing to miss the first couple of games of the season to be in the delivery room are to the birth of his baby boy. Paula Faris has the fallout. Reporter: Gone are the days of "Mad men" when there was no such as paternity leave in the 21st century, it is much more common. Even prince William taking two weeks for the birth of his son prince George but when mets player Daniel Murphy missed two games at the start of this season for the birth of his first child -- Having me helped a lot and vice versa to take the load off. Reporter: What resulted was a major controversy on sports radio. Even though players are allowed three days of paid paternity leave. Major league baseball player you can hire a nurse. I mean, are you going to sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days. 24 hour, you stay there. Baby is good. Have you a good support system for the mom and the baby, you get your Back to your team and play basketball report football great boomer esaison took it a step further. I would have said c-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day. Reporter: Some taking to social media in support of Murphy. One person tweeting "Good for Daniel Murphy for putting fatherhood before the game." Another saying "Boomer, you should be ashamed of yourself." Well, paternity leave is mandatory in parts of Europe, only 14% of American companies offer any form of paid paternity leave. Among them, Yahoo! Bank of America and Facebook, offering as much as 16 weeks. But Murphy who can be seen here with his wife Tory in her Facebook profile picture only spent two days an paternity leave. Murphy hasn't had a whole lot of sleep the last few days. Noah was born on Monday. Reporter: With this latest curveball thrown his way Murphy still scored a run on the field and at home. Murphy will come into the game's first home run. Awesome part of being a parent. You get that choice. My wife and I discussed it and we felt the best thing for our family was to me to try to stay. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Paula Faris, ABC news, New York. Succeeding in a lot of ways. To our "Gma" flash poll right now. We ask the you should all men be offered paternity leave? Not a close one today. 92%, no, only %. Talk about this with Ericka souter. Welcome back, Ericka. Do you agree. I do. These macho sports guys are respecting a trend we're seeing in fathers across the country. They want to be involved in every aspect of parenting and want to be more supportive. Wives want them there. We're not talking about six weeks. We're talking about three days. Three days. And the comments were so outrageous especially the cesarean one where it was suggested she should have made it convenient for the baseball schedule. That's a dangerous and not an elective surgery. Absolutely and shows the uphill battle these Progressive dads face when they want to be move involved. Some want to drag them back to the caveman society. Women don't need that anymore. Amen. I'm glad it's gone. Couldn't agree more. I took paternity leave and I got to tell you, baseball is for now. Your family is for life That's right. You never know what happens in that delivery room, right? That's right. You might be needed as a father. You never want to say I should have been there. You're always needed in the delivery room. That's right. I was surprised that a lot of dads agree with that. I actually polled, you know, dads and asked them what do you think? Oh, it's the season that's important but, no, they felt like it's your first kid. I lucked out. Our first daughter Ellie was supposed to be born the day I was anchoring for the first time. See came a week early. A cooperative little girl. I hope you're getting embraced in the locker room from his colleagues. You know, he knows where he works. He's expecting some ribbing. But he stands by what his decision and he's very happy with it and I think that makes for a stronger marriage. Very supportive of his wife. She wanted him there and there's nothing that could go Wong with that in terms of their family life. Played well when he came back.

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