Major League second baseman Daniel Murphy has thrived as an MLB player, playing his entire career with the New York Mets until this year when he signed with the Washington Nationals. In his first game with the Nationals this past Monday, April 4th, Daniel smashed a home run against the Braves. Daniel has a heart for the game and the talent to match, but even greater than that is his heart for God and for his family.
Leading up to the 2014 season, he and his wife, Tori, were about to welcome their first baby into the world. Many questioned Daniel’s loyalty to the game when he elected to miss Opening Day so that he could be at the hospital with Tori for the birth of his son.
“A minute before Tori was going in for the C-section,” he remembers, “we took a moment to pray to ask God to keep her and the baby safe,” remembers Daniel. “When Noah came out and we heard him cry, she looked at me and said, ‘We have a baby!’”
Little did Daniel and Tori know that while they were celebrating the birth of their firstborn son, the public was criticizing Daniel for missing Opening Day in New York.
“It boiled down to, ‘Get back to work,’” says Daniel. “I don’t think either one of us expected any sort of a backlash to the decision we decided to make as a family.”
And it’s a decision that has helped the Murphy’s understand a greater love and sacrifice.
“I knew that Christ had come down and walked around in the dirt and mud for us and He took my sin,” Daniel says, “but when I saw my son, the level of sacrifice that God made for us became a lot clearer.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
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