WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made a trip to the White House Monday for an event dedicated to working dads.
Murphy joined government officials, experts and working dads to talk about workplace flexibility and paid parental leave.
His decision to miss Opening Day this season for the birth of his son drew criticism from some fans and sports talk radio hosts, but he received support from his team and the league.
"I think it's going to go so much farther in that I'm the one who cut his umbilical cord, and long after they've told me I'm not good enough to play baseball anymore, I'll be a father," Murphy said.
The event is part of a larger push by the Obama administration to focus on families and workplace policies that affect parents.
The White House will host a working families summit on June 23.