White House invites Daniel Murphy

CHICAGO -- New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and his family will be guests at the White House on Monday for a discussion about the state of working dads.

Murphy received talk-radio backlash after choosing to take paternity leave and miss the team's first two games of the season to be present for the birth of his first child on March 31. Murphy's wife Tori gave birth to 8-pound, 2-ounce son Noah about an hour before the first pitch of the Mets' season.

The White House Summit on Working Families will be held in the South Court Auditorium of the White House. It aims to advance talk about how fathers play a role at home, discuss the challenges of balancing a career and family, and advocate for rights such as parental leave from work.

Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Jason Furman will participate in the discussion along with Murphy.

Murphy deftly dealt with criticism of his paternity leave two months ago.

"You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse," WFAN host Mike Francesa had said on-air after learning Murphy had decided to take paternity leave. "What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?"

The radio station's morning host, Boomer Esiason, suggested at the time that wife Tori ought to have gotten a C-section before the season started. He subsequently apologized.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players' association allows for up to a three-day absence after being placed on paternity leave.

"That's the choice of parents that they get to make," Murphy said in April. "That's the greatness of it. You discuss it with your spouse and you find out what you think works best for your family."