Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murphy Speaks at White House

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murphy Speaks at White House

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Second baseman Daniel Murphy spoke at the White House on Monday as part of a discussion about working fathers. Murphy took paternity leave to start the season and missed the first two games of the year to be present for the birth of his first son, Noah.

"When Noah asks me one day, 'What happened, what was it like when I was born?' I could have answered 'Well, Stephen Strasburg hung me a breaking ball that day, son, and I slammed it into the right field corner,' " Murphy said, according to the Mets. "But I think it's going to go so much further in that I'm the one who cut his umbilical cord."

Murphy appreciated the support he received from his teammates.

"Just to get that support from [manager Terry Collins], from our owners wishing us congratulations, the players on the team just really congratulating us," Murphy said.

"It was a level of support that you hope you don't need that affirmation when you make a decision like this, but to get it from my teammates and the organization was awesome. …

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