Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets did what any parent should have the opportunity to do: He took two days off work to be present at the birth of his child. Because he plays for the Mets, and because the personal time also happened to include opening day, Murphy created a lot of controversy (and took some heat) with his decision.
Knowing an opportunity when it sees one, the White House is recognizing Murphy as someone who could give encouragement to working fathers for the dilemmas they face. Some don't have the leverage at work to get away when even the most urgent family business comes up. Not everyone enjoys the reasonable workplace flexibility, along with generous paid parental leave, given in Major League Baseball.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News says that Murphy and his wife, Tori Murphy, are looking forward to telling their story Monday in D.C., and to being advocates:
As part of a discussion of working fathers, Murphy will speak about having his very personal family moment exploited in the public eye as part of a day of discussion leading-up to a White House Summit on Working Families, June 23, according to a White House official.
“It’s an honor and it’s humbling,” Murphy said of speaking not as a baseball player, but as a dad. “Tori was very excited about this and so there was not much of choice: we were going to do this.
The Mets will be in town to play the Washington Nationals but are off Monday.
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