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Daniel Murphy’s wife Tori Ahern Murphy just gave birth to their first child on March 31, 2014. And when Daniel Murphy took only three days of paternity leave to be with his family when the baby was born and start his new life, a few radio talk show hosts had a huge problem with it.
The 29-year old second baseman has been playing with the MLB since 2006 when he was drafted by the Mets. The 26-year old Victoria (Tori) Murphy is a high school teacher and a former softball player with the North Florida Ospreys at the University of Northern Florida. The couple began dating in 2007, but they spit up around October of 2010. It seems that around this time, a series of injuries placed Daniel Murphy off the field and the Jacksonville Florida native became depressed. Tori Murphy stayed in touch with Daniel Murphy during this rough patch, and by the following Christmas, they were back together. Daniel Murphy proposed in January of 2012 and by December 1st, the couple was officially Mr. and Mrs. Murphy.
When their son Noah was born on opening day, Daniel Murphy decided to take the maximum number of paternity days allotted by the MLB, a mere three days. And when he did, radio talk show hosts Mike Francesca and Boomer Esiason each separately took Daniel Murphy to task for it. “What are you gonna do? Sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for three days?” Mike Francesca told his listening audience. But even worse, Boomer Esiason told his audience he would have made his wife have a C-Section.
Just to be completely clear here, a C-Section is a major surgery, and physicians don’t just cut people open willy-nilly. It seems Boomer and Francesca needed to be called out on their out of touch and seemingly cold-hearted comments, and their male fans did just that. Some asked that Francesca recognize this as one of the most important milestones in life and stressed the importance of being with family at this critical time. Others were less forgiving.
At the end of the day, however, all the opinionated comments in the world won’t make a difference. Daniel Murphy got three days to settle in with his wife and new son, and then he was back in action. It likely won't affect the Mets season at all. But it did help one family set up a stronger foundation for a brighter future, and Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy (and one little baby) are certainly happier for it.
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Well now, Matt Harvey, look at what we've done here...
While proving to the rest of the National League that Matt Harvey is one of the true elite aces on the diamond, the Mets youngster is doing his best outside the lines to prove he deserves the true stud status. Us Weekly is now reporting that Matt Harvey's girlfriend is Anne V. Fpr those unaware of the model who goes by first name and last initial only, Anne V is best known for Sports Illustrated swimsuit fame having appeared in a record 9 straight swimsuit issues from 2005-2013, but has also made headlines for her lovelife as well. In 2010, Anne V (whose real name is Anne Vyalitsyna - OK, we get first name last initial only now), met and began dating Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine until 2012. In February of 2013, she was rumored to have briefly dated DJ/singer/songwriter Calvin Harris (who released an album 18 Months which is shockingly addictive).
Fast forward to May 6, 2013 when Matt Harvey and Anne V are reported to have met on an elevator and exchanged numbers. The two have been on a few dates since that time and were seen together at the Rangers Bruins playoff game in New York on May 23. For his part, Matt is fully embracing the excitement of being the best non-David Wright thing to happen to Mets baseball since Bill Buckner, and tweeted out details of their meeting:
@MattHarvey33: A @NYRangers win! Riding the elevator out of the garden with the beautiful @AnneV. And now bedtime, to get ready for @Mets baseball
By May 12, Anne V was posting videos of Mets fans doing the wave at CitiField. Hey, guess who was on the mound that night throwing 7 strong against Pittsburgh?
Good for you, young Matt Harvey. We'll keep an eye on this one.
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Gary Carter, an 11-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover and World Series winning catcher, has passed away due to complications from four malignant brain tumors on February 16th, 2012. He is survived by his wife Sandy Carter, his daughters Kimmy and Christy, his son DJ and many grandchildren.
Though he played for 19 years with the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers - he is perhaps most well known for his game-winning single against the Houston Astros while playing for the Mets in the 1986 NLCS. Those Mets would go on to defeat the Boston Red Sox for his first and only World Series title. Though he wanted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both an Expo and a Met, the Hall makes that call and chose to make Gary the Expos' first hall of famer.
Gary Carter was born and raised in Fullerton, California where he attended Sunny Hills High School and played football as a quarterback and baseball as an infielder. It was also in Fullerton that Gary met his future wife Sandy, where she studied at Fullerton College. Gary and Sandy were married in 1975 and had their first child, Kimmy, in October of 1980.