Exceedingly disappointing to see Rob Neyer pick the wrong side on Colby Lewis’ choice to take a game off to participate in the birth of his second child:
What if we’re talking about your favorite NFL team’s quarterback? Do you want him skipping Sunday’s big game to attend the birth of his third child? Yeah? What if it’s the Super Bowl?
The answer’s not so obvious now, huh?
I’m going to be honest here, as I have been since the first time this came up, some years ago (official paternity leave is new, but players taking a game off to attend childbirth is not) … As a human being, I think this is fantastic. As a baseball fan, though? If my team’s in the playoff hunt, I’m sorry, but I don’t want one of my starting pitchers taking the night off. We’re not talking about some guy who works on the assembly line for the Integrated Widget Corporation. We’re talking about one of the most talented pitchers on the planet, not easily replaceable. What if your team finishes one game short of the playoffs? Was it really worth it?
Or as a sage philosopher once observed, The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Indeed; rules and regulations designed to protect the wealth, health, and dignity of workers are often startlingly inconvenient to customers. Colby Lewis is the employee of the Texas Rangers. His contract, written in accordance with the rules negotiated by the MLB players union, grants him a right that the vast bulk of the civilized world takes for granted. Whether or not he chooses to exercise that right is NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS. While you certainly have a political right to complain about someone else’s work and family choices, such complaints should be taken about as seriously as demands that Albert Pujols play for the league minimum. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, after all.