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11:47 AM on 04/21/2011
And, if you play without steroids then you are failing the team...
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murphyj87
11:46 AM on 04/21/2011
What a disgrace to the United States people like Whitten are, especially considering that the United States has the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world. A birth in the United States, as opposed to any other developed, industrialized nation, is likely to be the last time he'd see either the child or the mother.
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murphyj87
11:50 AM on 04/21/2011
I meant Whitt.................
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medusa1000
11:45 AM on 04/21/2011
Colby Lewis won't always be a professional pitcher but he'll always be a father.
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bigredsuperjock
Congress is ruining my b-day.
11:38 AM on 04/21/2011
Richie Witt (author of the criticism) is obviously a boob. We now have fans putting opposing fans in comas, fights in the stands, P.E.D's, and now sports writers lambasting players for being at their child's birth?!?!?! I'm a huge sports fan, but recently I've been turned off by these antics. Is it too much to ask just to enjoy a game?
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medusa1000
11:45 AM on 04/21/2011
Exactly,
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Oregonian76
Just a guy from the PacNW
11:37 AM on 04/21/2011
Whitt is obviously part of the problem in our country when it comes to recognizing that fathers are part of the birth process too. I'm tired of people marginalizing fathers when it comes to birth, but then hamstringing the dads who get pushed aside because they aren't "doing their part". Which is it?

My children will NEVER doubt my love or honor for them. My wife & I had home-births and I wouldn't have let anything get in the way of that. My colleagues knew that when I got the call (if it happened during the day), that I'd be dropping everything, even walking out of a meeting, to head home.
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ydrittmann
Vitter patronizes women.
11:55 AM on 04/22/2011
Yeah, he should have been in the waiting room, smoking. (I grew up in the 60's)
11:34 AM on 04/21/2011
Jason Whitten should be ashamed of himself. The only thing less important than a baseball game is his column.
11:58 AM on 04/21/2011
The authors name is Jason Whitt.

Jason Witten plays for the Dallas Cowboys and was used as an example in the article. He has nothing to do with this incident
02:46 PM on 04/21/2011
That's my mistake--vision disabled--I meant Richie Whitt. Thanks for pointing out my error.
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elfsmom
Wow! I never had a micro-bio before!
11:29 AM on 04/21/2011
Good for Mr Lewis! He put his family first,and that is how it should be.
11:28 AM on 04/21/2011
Whitt also doesn't realize that the father is not just saying hello to the newborn, he's also being there for his wife. Presumably he's only having one child a year. There are 162 games in which he can make up his absence.
hfpf
Wake up World.
11:28 AM on 04/21/2011
You know the old canard: There is no such thing as bad publicity! So now, a lot more people know of Richie Whitt. Perhaps that was his plan all along. Personally, I would not purposefully make a fool of myself in print, just to get my name out there.
11:20 AM on 04/21/2011
What a fool. He appears to completely miss that attending the birth of your child is as much, if not more, about supporting your wife and the mother of your child than it is about seeing the child. Yeah...the baby? It doesn't particularly know you're there, but your spouse does!
12:05 PM on 04/21/2011
its not that cut & dry... sometimes its 100% about the infant. pictures of the father holding the child in the birthing room will communicate that child's importance in a unique way.
12:19 PM on 04/21/2011
I didn't mean to say it's not a good demonstration of love for your child...but the columnist was arguing it wasn't important because you'll have lots of opportunity to see the child...which is true, but completely ignores the spouse and the significance and drama of birth for a mother who has been carrying a baby inside her for ~9 months...and thus doesn't even offer a consideration that perhaps supporting your wife is important.
11:10 AM on 04/21/2011
Whitt's children have to feel good right about now.......
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Montana 123
Mama to Three Little Monkeys
11:17 AM on 04/21/2011
That is the thing, he doesn't have any children! He had a stepson at one point.
11:57 AM on 04/21/2011
That explains his calousness.
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DHWRD
Go SAINTS
11:18 AM on 04/21/2011
I hope Whitt doesn't have a wife or kids ... it would be a shame if he did
11:03 AM on 04/21/2011
It's not like it was the playoffs ... these columnists are just mad because they never made it as an athlete.
11:01 AM on 04/21/2011
More men should take his lead and be more involved with their kids like this. This is a once in a lifetime event and he didn't want to miss it. Can't fault him for that. Way to go guy!!!! I commend you....
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StevenevetS
10:59 AM on 04/21/2011
Lewis made the right decision.
Good for him!
10:56 AM on 04/21/2011
Lewis has priorities....his team manager had to know that.  Whit on the other hand sounds alot like a spoiled diva.  You can bet that Lewis puts his heart and soul and talent in his pitching every time he does.  Whit...take a break. I bet they could replace you in a nano second.