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‘Just Get A C-Section’ Says Male Radio Announcer Who’s Never Been Pregnant

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The Friars Club Roast Honoring Boomer EsiasonBoomer Esiasion, retired NFL quarterback and current radio announcer is super annoyed that a Mets player would put the birth of his child over Opening Day. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left the team to be with his wife in Florida following the birth of their son. He has the right to paternity leave under his employment agreement. Esiason doesn’t care. He thinks the couple should’ve had a c-section to prevent this conflict of interest.

“Bottom line, that’s not me,” Esiason said on his morning radio show. “I wouldn’t do that. Quite frankly, 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, this is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life.’”

Yes, I can totally see how wanting to witness your son’s first moments of existence would be less important than a couple days of baseball.  Implying that you would force your own wife under the knife is pretty creepy; I sincerely hope he was exaggerating here. Also – this is none of your damn business. “C-section before the season starts?” Boomer Esiason; former quarterback and some-time gynecologist. Ridiculous.

Declaring that someone’s wife should have major surgery so a player can be around for Opening Day is nothing short of stupid. Esiason was named “Father of the Year” by the first annual Open Salon Father’s Day Awards in 2009 – I’m assuming for all the work he’s done raising money to fund research on cystic fibrosis – a a disease of the respiratory and digestive systems that his own son has been fighting since he was two. Is this something that a Father of the Year says? I think no.

As an observer this annoys me. If I was that player I would be irate.

(photo: Getty Images)

86 Comments

  1. pixie

    April 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    What’s more is he makes the argument that the baseball player supports his family by playing baseball, which is true. But missing three days isn’t going to put his family in the poor house when he’s THE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER ON THE TEAM.

    • noodlestein

      April 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Not to mention, his bosses, not being complete MORONS were obviously fine with him missing time. I mean, really. It’s the birth of his baby!!!!!!! I can’t believe this is even a thing!!

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 8:18 am

      I’d like to add that last season Murphy played in 161 game. 40 more than the next closest Met player. So this year he’ll play in 158 and only be 37 ahead of the next player. The entire crew (not just Boomer) should be ashamed of this nonsense. The instigator of the show repeatedly said he had issues with this and that Murphy wasn’t showing responsibility. Also, there is another player whose wife is due and he is taking 3 days off, no one is saying anything about him. This whole thing makes my head hurt.

    • pixie

      April 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Yeah, I forgot about that bit. Some people…

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

      I’m very ashamed that Boomer played on my hometown NFL team. He was also a giant asshat when he was here if that helps.

    • pixie

      April 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

      I had no idea who he was before reading the news article that someone posted before this story was written, so I’ll take your word for it. 😉

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 8:42 am

      HA HA HA HA HA HA Best comeback. I had no idea who he was. I’d love to see his face if he heard that.

    • Savannah61

      April 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Yadier Molina (starting catcher for the STL Cardinals) took several days off, maybe close to a week, I can’t remember for sure, last season when his mother had surgery. Nobody said anything about that either. I know it’s not exactly the same situation, but still. And the games he missed were late in the season when the Cards were fighting it out with the Red and Pirates for the NL Central, not in the beginning of the year when it’s not quite as intense.

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Exactly. I’m sure he helps his mother out financially as most professional players do. Family is family. Whether you work at company or play sports. If the league allows it…then they should take it.

    • Savannah61

      April 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Agreed. I believe one of the anchors on SportsCenter last night mentioned that he was able to take the paternity leave thanks to the collective bargaining agreement, so I don’t see why people are having issues with it. And he started yesterday’s game, so clearly there’s no ill-will from the management.

  2. Nica

    April 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Yeah, I don’t even know where to be begin with this one… Maybe have him undergo a surgery similar to a c/s (you know, cut through all his abdominal muscles, pull out organs, put them back and staple him back together again) and then leave him alone to fend for himself and a newborn. See how that goes… Then he will be entitled to make judgements on others…

  3. Kendra

    April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    My blood feels all boiling about this one. That means I shouldn’t say much more…

  4. lpag

    April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Boomer should get elective prostate surgery, I think. Leave the new dad alone- and I say that as a Yankee fan!

  5. CMJ

    April 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    annnnnnnd, fuck this guy.

    • LaLa

      April 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Best comment

  6. Kendra

    April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I have to pose a very important question. Why are people under the assumption that a C-section is a super-convenient, pain-free, easy thing to experience?

    • pixie

      April 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      From my understanding, elective C-sections seem to be something super affluent people feel is super trendy (not knocking anyone who’s had one, that’s your choice and that’s ok by me). And dudes like this guy just have no idea in general.

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Yeah, I’ve seen that trendiness in the affluent community happening, but that is part of what I don’t understand. These people are clearly having different procedures than I did, because that sure as heck wasn’t something I would choose!

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      People who choose it because they think it’s easy are in for a shock. It’s a much more difficult recovery, as you and I both know.

    • Tsabhira

      April 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I hear the “too posh to push” thing mostly from normal people accusing celebs of it, which is weird because celebs are all about ridiculous levels of attachment parenting and naturopathic junk these days. Phantom phenom, maybe.

      I wish Boomer would shut the hell up. He’s done a LOT of good for CF awareness, and opening his mouth like this makes him look like a tool and could easily undermine that.

    • pixie

      April 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yeah, there’s a lot of super crunchy granola celebs now, but I think it was a big thing with the upper class. Maybe not necessarily celeb-level, but still really wealthy crowd.

    • jendra_berri

      April 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I don’t know. My C section recovery stunk. I hated it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who didn’t need one.

    • JJ

      April 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Yeah I have never understood that either. Its not like one just wakes up tomorow and goes, ‘doctor schedule me a c section just because I want one in stead of a vaginal birth’. C sections are serious surgery with often rough recoveries vs vaginal births. If a women chooses an elective c section that is certainly her choice I wouldn’t stop her but damn its not a fun party its surgery. Complications can go wrong and you get all drugged up and stitched up. Doesn’t sound fun to me.

    • SusannahJoy

      April 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      After giving birth vaginally I kept thinking “F THIS, next time I’m having a c-section!” and then had to remind myself that the recovery is twice as long and it’s super painful and gives you a big scar and etc. Maybe I’ll try hypnosis next time…

    • Justme

      April 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      I honestly think it depends on your body and the doctor…my recovery was VERY quick (a few days) and my scar is all but non-existent three years later.

    • SusannahJoy

      April 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      This is true… Ok, so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope that whatever the doctor recommends just happens to also be the easiest, least painful option for me!

    • Natasha B

      April 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      I’ve pushed 3 out (with the assistance of some niiiice drugs) and honestly, I would totally schedule a C section for #4. We’ve scheduled his induction, and I just…..don’t want to go through labor. Is that terrible?!

    • Natasha B

      April 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      I’ve heard that the big difference is between a planned c section and an emergency-the planned ones seem to recover faster? Just anecdotal-a few of my friends had emergency first time, scheduled 2nd time, and recovery was much smoother with the scheduled.
      I haven’t had one, but #3 was a scheduled induction (with Pitocin, THE HORROR) and it went so well we’re scheduling #4 🙂

    • Justme

      April 4, 2014 at 7:28 am

      I think it might depend on how far you get into labor. If you’ve been pushing for two hours and then have a c-section, you are recovering from both kinds of birth, where my c-section was needed very early on in labor before any pushing occurred…that might have something to do with it.

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

      My mom had me vaginally and my brother C-section. She said she’d take a C-section hands down. Of course she had complications with me and she does not have birthing hips, but it does vary greatly from person to person.

  7. elle

    April 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Jeez Boomer, it’s in the CBA and its 2 games at the very beginning of the season this isn’t the World Series. I usually like Boomer but in this case I’ll just SMH at him.

  8. MellyG

    April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Is he married? Because if i were his wife i’d be high tailing it out of there with comments like this

    • elle

      April 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Yep he is. And TBH his seemingly casual views about invasive medical procedures surprise me because his son Gunnar has CF.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I’d like to think he’s just very uneducated on the subject then. I’m not against c-sections, and i think there’s too much pressure for women to feel bad if they don’t succeed with natural birth -but either way, it’s a choice that shouldn’t be decided based on freaking baseball season

      I hope his wife is at least giving him a smack upside the head

  9. Tina

    April 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Wooow. Just wow. How can someone actually criticize another person for putting the birth of their child first? And even to suggest he should have somehow planned the birth of the child around the season, putting his wife through such a surgery for no real medical reason?! I don’t think I know one pregnant woman who wouldn’t have outright smacked a guy for even suggesting something like that. I can’t even.

    I also read another article as well about Daniel Murphy addressing this very criticism and talking about his decision. He shouldn’t even have to be put in a position where he feels the need to defend himself for simply being a good father and husband, taking the paternity leave he is entitled to. What the fuck is the world coming to…

    • whiteroses

      April 4, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Yep… seventy-two glorious, luxury-filled hours…

      I mean, thank God Murphy was like, “Screw this, I’m going to do exactly what I should do as a husband and father.” I’d say I’m impressed, but why should I? He’s doing what every woman should expect of their husband. I give him props for not caring what the jackasses on the radio are saying about him. He chose his wife and son, as he should have.

  10. nikki753

    April 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Actually, it’s worse. She had a c-section because the baby was breech. He wanted her to have scheduled it early. You know, when it’s more convenient for the baseball-loving public. Who gives a shit about the health of some stupid baby? The fate of the world is at stake here!

    • ctpdenver

      April 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

      It’s like I’ve always said – babies are inconsiderate. They don’t show up when they’re supposed to, they’re constantly demanding to be fed – what kind of behavior is this? Babies need to get their priorities straight.

  11. Obladi Oblada

    April 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Further proof that Boomer is a complete dick. What an incredible dumbass.

  12. Justme

    April 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I have to say, I totally scheduled my induction due to life conflicts and work obligations. If I were in a similar position as this player’s wife, I might have made the same decision Boomer is suggesting…but that doesn’t give him the right to voice his opinion on-air.

    • pixie

      April 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      And there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s 100% your choice (or decision between you and your partner, but as long as you didn’t feel pressured into anything, and I’m not suggesting you were). 🙂

    • whiteroses

      April 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

      As long as YOU, yourself, made that choice, then it’s fine. Having that choice made for you? Hells no.

    • Justme

      April 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Hence my statement about him not voicing his opinion.

  13. Robotic Socks

    April 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Football related concussions and brain damage is serious. I wish you ladies would be more considerate.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Dammit, Socks. You stole my comment…

  14. brebay

    April 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    What does him making a living have to do with it? He’s entitled to the time off, so he’s still making money. He’s making more money in a year than we’ll make in a lifetime. To imply that his family will be starving and homeless if he miss a few games is hilariously daft. Yeah, you’d think a guy who has a child with such a serious illness would have gotten the message by now about family being more important than money. How much can these guys even spend? How many bedrooms do you need for a family of four or five? People need to get their priorities straight. This wasn’t even a case where he had to make a choice between making money and being with his wife. Asinine.

    • Guets

      April 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

      That is the part that gets me. Well he might miss a couple games and never get back in! Who cares? I’m sure he still has a butt ton of money and he’ll be fine. You’d maybe get some sympathy from me if it was mid World Series (I said sympathy for the team/fans I still wouldn’ tell your wife when to get a baby cut out of her) but the first couple games? Who gives a shit. You plan weddings for the off season, not births.

  15. jendra_berri

    April 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    What is this business of deciding his wife will have a C section? He can’t make that call. It’s not up to any of these dudes. The most ludicrous part about this nonsense is the underlying belief that a husband can actually make that choice for his wife.
    You’re MY wife! And I have a career to think of! Therefore, you’ll be having surgery at my convenience.

    • SusannahJoy

      April 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      right, so creepy and controlling!!

    • K.

      April 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Does he have ANY idea what a creep he sounds like? This is the equivalent of like, my husband announcing at a board meeting that he has opinions on how his co-worker’s wife should give birth and what their finances look like.

      Jeez, I’d slap my own husband into next Tuesday if he tried to tell me how I was going to give birth. I don’t know what I’d do to a stranger spouting off on the radio, but it wouldn’t be pretty.

  16. JJ

    April 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Well if god forbid this guy ever has any kind of medical issue that needs surgery or has a heart attack (which like birth is unpredictable and one never knows when it could happen to them) I hope his co announcers are like, ‘bro you could have still made it in to work okay you have a job to do. Can’t you just have medical issues another day I mean really dude. Work is more important then your life, family or health okay’. I mean really did your appendix have to burst today couldn’t you just have conveniently scheduled a surgery for that even though you didn’t know for sure when you it would happen could you just be psychic already!

  17. Layla

    April 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Maybe he’s joking? I mean doubt it but one can hope.

  18. My2bits

    April 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Someone please tell me he was joking.

  19. SNOWSCAS81

    April 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I really want to kick this guy in the balls. He would have the nerve to basically say “Honey, I make the money around here so you’re going to have a majorly (unnecessary in this case) surgery so I don’t disappoint a few of my fans. Mmm kay?” This guy is the King of Chauvinism and Douche Baggery.

    • SNOWSCAS81

      April 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Ok I read the comment about her needing the c section. This oinking chauvinistic pig still needs to shut up

  20. Kay_Sue

    April 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I dunno. If my husband were prone to heart disease, I might push him to go ahead and just get a bypass over with before Game of Thrones starts this weekend, because, ya know, priorities.

    • SNOWSCAS81

      April 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      You have a point. I’m a huge GOT fan. I better go tell Mr.Snowscas to not have any medical emergencies this weekend. I’ll also need to tell Baby Boy Snowscas. 😀

    • Kay_Sue

      April 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Naw, you have to tell them to schedule any necessary or potentially necessary medical situations for today or tomorrow. That’s what Boomer says.

    • pixie

      April 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I’m so excited for the new season. #fangirlmoment

    • Kay_Sue

      April 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Me too!!!!!

      Bad mom moment: Our Cub Scout pack has a camping trip this weekend that we are not going on specifically because I want to be home on Sunday to watch a Season 3 marathon leading up to the premiere. And I have no regrets and no guilt over this whatsoever.

    • pixie

      April 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Hahaha. No judgement here. I would totally do that, too. I’m even tempted to start from season 1 today so I can watch it all before the premiere.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      That is such a good idea. I’ve got a shit ton (that’s an actual unit of measurement, you know) of laundry to fold and it would go so much faster with a little GoT love….

    • Kay_Sue

      April 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      This GIF summed up my attitude on this subject beautifully.

    • Marianna

      April 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Your kids need to learn that GOT always trumps camping trips.

  21. CrystalSays

    April 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    His statement was beyond stupid! Between him and Gwyneth Paltrow, I don’t know who needs a pacifier to keep quiet.

  22. Laula

    April 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

    The guy is also a ny met. Just missed the start of yet another losing season 😉

  23. Meatball Jones

    April 4, 2014 at 8:18 am

    WTF. He’s a proper idiot. I didn’t even want a C section and although I was massive with my twins and really needed to get them out ASAP due to cord issues, I still was reluctant and scared as hell to have one done. We tried to postpone it as much as possible – and for good reason! It’s major and I mean MAJOR surgery. I ended up bleeding out and my blood pressure almost bottomed out. While I was passed out, not seeing my babies for the first time, there was a swirl of talk going round my head of transfusions, hysterectomy and more. My husband still gets upset talking about the whole experience.
    This guy is such a creep. Glad he’s not my husband. Pushing a C section to get on with opening day? YUCK. I’m lucky to be alive after mine and spent more then a week in the hospital afterwards.

  24. Miriam

    April 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    He goes by the name BOOMER. Need I say more?

  25. Savannah61

    April 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I heard this last night on SportsCenter, along with some other lovely commentary from various sports reporters. I was so irritated. All of their statements were beyond stupid. They showed a post-game interview with Murphy and I thought he handled it well. He didn’t really call anybody out, he just basically said he and his wife made the best decision for their family. Good for them. And I bet his wife is super thankful that she’s married to a nice man rather than one of the idiots who would make her have an early c-section.

    I am also a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan. Last season, Yadier Molina (our starting catcher) and his brother Bengie Molina (our assistant hitting coach) missed a few games because their mother had surgery. Now I don’t know much about the Mets, so I can’t compare Molina’s value to Murphy’s but Molina is by far the most important player on our team. We struggle hard core when he’s out. The games that he missed were late summer, so right in the middle of a very heated race for the NL Central title. I didn’t hear any criticism of Molina for missing the games, or telling his mother she really should have planned her surgery better. And if there was any, it didn’t receive much coverage or attention. But this guy, who plays for the Mets (no offense, not exactly contenders) gets all this crap for missing a few games at the very beginning of the season? Really??? It’s ridiculous.

  26. NYBondLady

    April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I have a different view than some of the commenters here (shocking!). First, I do NOT agree with what Boomer said about the C-Section.
    HOWEVER, it’s not like Murphy is a galzillion-aire who can just skip games willy-nilly and keep his position and contract safe from any termination. He could also get injured tomorrow and be out of the sport for life. Last year, a Mets player left for a paternity leave and his sub on the field replaced him and the guy never reclaimed his position. It happens.
    I asked my husband, long-time Mets fan (and Murphy is is FAVORITE PLAYER), what would he do. My husband said he would be at the game opening day, no question. You don’t have to be in the hospital room to give support.
    It’s Murphy’s decision, yes, but he also has to weigh the consequences. Professional baseball is not like an office job where you can get to missed work when you return.

    • Savannah61

      April 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

      While I can understand the risk involved, it was still Murphy’s choice to make, not Boomer Esiason’s, or anyone else’s. I know that life as a professional athlete opens you up to a degree of criticism and scrutiny that doesn’t exist in other professions, but to say that a player should force his wife to have a c-section is ridiculous. I know that for my sister-in-law, a c-section was an absolute last resort because of some medical issues she had. We don’t know all of the circumstances surrounding Murphy’s wife’s pregnancy, so it could have been that a c-section wasn’t the best option for her or the baby.
      I’m sure that Murphy was aware of the incident with the other player, but he still decided to take paternity leave. Also, it appears that his job is safe, as he started yesterday’s game.

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Given Murphy’s response I’m going to assume he thought about that long and hard (he could have had someone write that for him but we’ll say he didn’t) and that was clearly a risk he was willing to take. As long it was a decision he and his wife agreed on, Boomer and the other twits need to just not say anything. It’s not their decision. If Murphy loses his position (given that he played in 161 games last year I don’t know that’s a huge possibility, but being injured is of course). Ultimately it’s really no one’s business if Murphy takes time off as long as he has the ok from his coach and the owner of the team. Boomer doesn’t get a vote. It was inappropriate for anyone to comment on anything other than “Congrats, I hope everyone is in good health.”

    • ...

      April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      So if you really are a Mets fan and his paternity leave replacement wound up being better than him and took his position for the rest of the season, isn’t that better for you?
      And do two games at the beginning of the season really matter all that much? The outcome of the Mets’ season won’t have anything to do with him missing these two games.

    • KarenMS

      April 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I would absolutely not feel supported if my husband went to work instead of being with me as I gave birth to our child.

  27. JLH1986

    April 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

    The only thing I can think of is that Boomer was thinking of Football season where there are far fewer games and missing even one can be catastrophic. Baseball has almost 200 games a season so missing a game or two isn’t necessarily the end of the world. Boomer is still an idiot for saying that and I hope he realizes that but that is the ONLY thing that makes sense to me that would prompt him to say such an idiotic thing.

  28. ALE515

    April 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    1- It’s the beginning of the season, nothing major is happening so missing some games is fine. 2-Stop acting like these players make minimum wage, they can definitely afford to miss some games. 3- He’s not the first baseball player to do this. Dustin Pedroia missed some games mid season to be with his wife when she gave birth. A-Rod (who I hate) did the same thing mid season. I don’t get why he’s saying something about it now!

  29. ctpdenver

    April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Babies really need to learn to work around the parents’ schedule. They’re so self-centered. Making dad miss a game – really!

  30. Upsilon

    April 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    if this happened mid season, then it wouldnt even be an option not to miss games, so what’s the difference? Several NBA players missed games this season to be at births (Chris Bosh, Zach Randolph, prob a few others). It happens.

  31. practicallyperfectineveryway

    April 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    After the initial (and huge) outrage, I’m not going to lie, my reaction was “It’s just the Mets…” I think I grew up on the wrong side of the city to care about Mets players haha

  32. ...

    April 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    While I agree with your point, she ultimately did have a c-section anyway and that’s why he said she should have just had one a week earlier. It doesn’t make him any less of a jerk though. There are medical reasons why it might not have been planned. And even if it had been planned, there are medical reasons for letting the baby chill out inside her uterus for another week.
    He also said that the Murphys are rich enough to just hire a nurse so the father isn’t “needed” and that sitting around at the hospital was boring (true, but I know my husband would rather be at the hospital with me and our new baby anyway and apparently Daniel agrees).

  33. strawberryfieldsforevie

    April 5, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I concur with everybody here.

    I’m posting to correct a point in the post. As Cystic Fibrosis is a chromosomal genetic syndrome, his son has been “fighting” it all his life, not just since age 2.

  34. Frannie

    April 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Bravo Daniel Murphy for missing opening day to be there for your wife and child. Congratulations Murphy family on your new baby. THIS is what a good dad looks like.

  35. gothicgaelicgirl

    April 7, 2014 at 6:20 am

    What a royal douche

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