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Nationals player Daniel Hudson faces criticism for missing playoff game for daughter’s birth

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Major League Baseball star found himself in the middle of a parenting and family values debate after skipping a crucial playoff game to be present for his daughter’s birth. Washington Nationals star Daniel Hudson was in a hospital room in Arizona when his team beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 in the first game of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) Friday night. The 32-year-old player’s wife had just given birth to their third child, a daughter they named Millie. Hudson quickly found himself in a controversy by simply making the decision to be with his family as they welcomed their newest member.“I knew I was going to go no matter what,” Hudson said Saturday, according to ESPN. “I didn’t know that this was a new thing, to have a playoff paternity leave list. I had no idea.”“I was like, ‘I can’t be the only person to have a baby in the middle of the postseason,’ and for it to blow up like it did, man, it’s kind of crazy,” he added. “But I didn’t really give much thought about not going. My family is top priority for me.”Some people criticized Hudson on social media for missing such an important game, including one former baseball official who tweeted, “Only excuse would be a problem with the birth or health of baby or mother. If all is well, he needs to get to St. Louis. Inexcusable. Will it matter?”xOther were quick to dispute that a game was more important than a life-changing personal moment.“So, you’re saying his wife should be able to handle childbirth, alone, without her husband there, but his team of 40 guys can’t handle one playoff baseball game? In 2019, this is really what you’re saying? Some lady must be lucky to have you!,” a Twitter user in response.xHudson, who joined the Nationals this summer, said he had the team’s full support to attend his daughter’s birth. He used the phrase “life comes at you fast” to describe facing criticisms for choosing family over his career.“I went from not having a job on March 21 to this huge national conversation on family values going into the playoffs,” he said, according to ESPN. “Life comes at you fast, man. I don’t know how that happened and how I became the face for whatever conversation was going on. Everybody’s got their opinions, man, and I really value my family and my family time.”Hudson’s paternity leave was short-lived anyways. He was activated off the paternity list before game two of the series on Saturday and helped the Nationals notch a 3-1 win.Hudson’s decision to take at least some time away from his professional life to be with his newborn daughter and wife earned praise from Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, husband of Serena Williams and vocal advocate for paternity leave.Ohanian posted on Instagram that he is “buying [Hudson’s] jersey right now.” Ohanian was very public about the fact that he took 16 weeks of paternity leave when daughter Olympia was born in 2017 and has since encouraged other dads, especially ones in high-profile positions, to take leave to in order to set an example.“Use me as air cover. I took my full 16 weeks,” he told “Good Morning America” earlier this year. “I wanted people to see that you could care deeply about your industry, have a tremendous passion for the work that you do but also still be able to say that you care deeply about your family and want to take this time.”In the U.S., only 16% of civilian workers have access to paid family leave and 88% have access to unpaid family leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized nation without a guarantee of paid leave for new parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.The median length of paternity leave for dads in the U.S. is one week, according to Pew Research Center data.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. View this post on Instagram Boss moves by Daniel Hudson missing Game 1 of the #NLCS for #paternityleave to be there for the birth of his daughter. I’m buying his jersey right now.A post shared by Alexis Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian) on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:07pm PDT October 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Nationals player Daniel Hudson faces criticism for missing playoff game for daughter’s birth Beau Lundlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel on Frozen 2 & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Idina Menzel on Frozen 2 Idina Menzel recently stopped by the ladies of The Talk, below, to chat about Frozen 2, her upcoming world tour and more. In regards to the sequel to the Disney megahit, the Tony winner confirmed: “I’m in it, Kristen Bell’s in it.” And is Menzel nervous about hitting the road? She does have some concerns that her “Long Island Jewish humor” will fall flat. Let it go, Idina, too late for second-guessing—we know you’ll defy gravity, wherever you are, at every performance! Star Files View Comments Alan Cumming’s Sneak Peek of His New One-Man-ShowTony co-host Alan Cumming will preview his new one-man show at a benefit for Bucks County Playhouse. The event, Galavant in the Garden, will take place on May 9 at Dark Hollow Farm, a private country estate. The former Cabaret star will then perform the previously reported show for a limited engagement at Café Carlyle.Casting Set for Roundabout UndergroundCasting has been announced for the fourth annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series, a five-night event that includes nightly readings of new plays written and directed by emerging artists. Nathan Dame’s The Saints, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, will feature Christopher Abbott, Hannah Bos, Raul Castillo, Ismenia Mendes, Olivia Oguma and Shayna Small. Michael Braun, Susannah Flood, Greta Lee and Chris Sullivan will star in Dipika Guha’s Mechanics of Love, helmed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Kingdom Come, by Jenny Rachel Weiner and directed by Kip Fagan, will feature Vanessa Aspillaga, Cassie Beck, Beth Hoyt and Rey Lucas. And finally, Zero Feet Away by Brian Otaño and directed by Stephen Brackett, will include Mike Faist, Matthew Montelongo, Brian J. Smith, Cory Michael Smith, Jason Veasey and Matthew Wilkas in the company. The series is set to take place May 4 through May 8 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.Jesse Eisenberg Talks Off-Broadway’s The SpoilsThe Spoils, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, will begin performances off-Broadway on May 5 and the star recently visited The Tonight Show to discuss the dark comedy. Eisenberg revealed to host Jimmy Fallon that he plays a “disgusting tortured racist” in the piece, the third play the stage and screen star has penned. Check out the interview below and then the production at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Idina Menzellast_img read more

USACE, CPRA to Host Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project Events

first_imgThe Army Corps’ New Orleans District and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will host a series of public meetings to discuss the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project.According to the organizers, meetings will begin with a 30-minute open house, followed by a 30-minute formal presentation, and ending with an open question and answer session.The meetings will take place:Tuesday, June 25 – Cameron (Cameron Parish)6 p.m., Cameron Policy Jury Office West Annex (148 Smith Circle Cameron, LA 70631)Wednesday, June 26 – Abbeville (Vermilion Parish)6 p.m., Abbeville High School (1305 Wildcat Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510)Thursday, June 27 – Gueydan (Vermilion Parish)6 p.m., Gueydan High School (901 Main St, Gueydan, LA 70542)The Southwest Coastal Louisiana project was authorized by Congress in 2016 and covers the 4,700-square-mile study area located in southwest Louisiana (Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes).The National Economic Development plan for the project outlines approximately $900 million for the flood risk management.The design agreement signed in January 2019 initiates an approximately $1.2 million effort to develop and finalize the implementation plan. Funding for the design work is provided through a 65-percent federal, 35-percent state cost share.last_img read more

Iditarod clears four-time champ of dog-doping (yes, dog-doping)

first_imgSo who doped the dogs?“We’re convinced,” Mills said, “we’re never going to figure that out.”Woof. NOTE: A photo previously attached to this story may have been interpreted to have been Dallas Seavey. It was not.Apologetic officials of the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have admitted that they were barking up the wrong tree. In doing so, they cleared four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing, stemming from the 2017 race in which he finished second but four of his dogs tested positive for a banned substance.Race officials, instead, assert that someone administered Tramadol, an opioid painkiller, to the dogs — but it wasn’t Seavey.A news release , under the headline “ITC board of directors and Dallas Seavey move forward,” read, in part:After several meetings with Dallas Seavey, and review of all relevant information and evidence, the board does not believe that Dallas had any involvement with, or knowledge of, the events that led to the positive test in his team. The (Iditarod Trail Committee) concludes that it is not credible that Dallas was involved, and he is found to have committed no wrong doing. Whatever happened was completely beyond his control.According to the release, steps have been since the incident to safeguard dogs with increased security protocols for the 1,000-mile race. As part of its release, the Iditarod apologized to Seavey for “any negative publicity and damages this situation has caused him.”Iditarod board president Mike Mills told the Anchorage Daily News : “We met with him multiple times and there was (sufficient) evidence to conclude he didn’t have anything to do with it.  … There’s no wrongdoing with Dallas that we found. He had no knowledge. It’s a hard situation to untangle, but we’re comfortable that we made the right decision.”Race officials didn’t specify what evidence absolved Seavey, whose family has participated in 47 Iditarods but didn’t participate in 2018. He said in a statement, “I look forward to many more years of involvement in the Last Great Race!”last_img read more

Dodgers enter playoffs with ‘World Series attitude’

first_imgFive permanent banners are affixed to the facade of the Dodger Stadium Club in right field, one for each of the franchise’s World Series titles. Conspicuously, there’s room for exactly one more next to the 1988 banner. That’s nothing new. The sense of urgency to add to the collection has been in place for 27 years and counting, long enough now to make the empty space next to the ‘88 banner blend into the background with the San Gabriel Mountains.What is new among the 2015 Dodgers: A set of T-shirts, emblazoned with “World Series Attitude” across the chest, distributed among the players this week.It comes with a silly story, though maybe most screen tees are born out of silly stories. The Dodgers were leading the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 in the eighth inning Sept. 23 when manager Don Mattingly walked to the mound to replace Luis Avilan with Chris Hatcher. Right fielder Andre Ethier was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and the outfielders, as they often do, gathered together to talk during the pitching change.“(Ethier) was maybe a little bit down about the way his game was going that day,” said Chris Heisey, the Dodgers’ left fielder. “Just being funny, I said, ‘C’mon Andre, I need you to have a World Series attitude. We’re going to the World Series this year.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever.’“I guess the next day I hit that grand slam [in the fifth inning] and we ended up winning. He goes, ‘All right, I’m buying in now.’” Ethier called a representative at the New Balance apparel company, and the T-shirts were born soon after.So what is a “World Series attitude,” exactly? “Well, a World Series attitude means you’re going to do everything it takes to put you and your team in the best chance to get to the World Series and win it,” Heisey said. “That’s how you need to prepare every day, like you’re the best team in the world.”‘Time to show why we’re here’Back to the banners. The Dodgers aren’t the Chicago Cubs, whose last championship predates the fall of the Ottoman Empire. For fans, sometimes it merely feels this way.Around the clubhouse, this quest for a championship means different things to different people.“More adrenaline, bigger crowd, more animosity toward me on the road,” said Game 3 starter Brett Anderson.“The biggest thing,” Ethier said, “is staying in the moment. You just try to figure out a way to get it done without taking a step back, and embracing that moment and figuring out a way to take it all in and realize the situation you’re in. Don’t just sometimes go up there, take an at-bat, all of a sudden you’re sitting on the bench after an out and don’t know how you got there. Really think it through and make sure you’re just up there concentrating on all the levels you can.”Chase Utley is 36 years old and one of two Dodgers with a World Series ring, along with former Philadelphia Phillies teammate Jimmy Rollins. He doesn’t allow himself to believe that October games are any different than those in April.“I’ve always had the mindset of treating every game the same,” he said. “whether that’s the regular season, postseason — I know that sounds a little weird maybe to somebody — but I think if you can have that mindset throughout the course of the year, I think you get the most out of yourself.”It seems this attitude holds sway in the clubhouse.“In Oakland, especially 2012, it was a bunch of kids who didn’t know what we were doing,” Anderson said. “We had to sweep the Rangers to win the division the last four games. It was kind of a whirlwind. “Here,” Anderson continued, “it’s tough to make the postseason but it’s expected. With the talent and the payroll and stuff, it’s, ‘All right, we did what we needed to do in the regular season, but now it’s time to show why we’re here and show why they invested all this money in us, the talent that we have.’”Old man urgencyDespite spending his career with two of baseball’s most successful franchises, Don Mattingly is still seeking the championship he never won as a player with the Yankees or as manager of the Dodgers.Mattingly said it wasn’t until four years into his career that this became his priority.“I’d won a batting title. I’d won an MVP. I just kind of personally had made it and knew I could play,” he recalled. “At that point, it just becomes about winning.”There’s only one former MVP (Rollins) and no former batting champions on this year’s roster — just a lot of experience.As a sense of urgency is concerned, Mattingly said, that helps.“As a player, the clock’s always ticking,” he said. “You’re getting older. Your skills at some point erode to the point where they can’t compete at this level.”So maybe it’s worth noting the Dodgers’ postseason roster includes Utley, Rollins and 11 others (Ethier, Justin Ruggiano, Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis, Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, Carl Crawford, Zack Greinke, Joel Peralta J.P. Howell, Chris Hatcher) north of 30 years old.This, maybe more than a T-shirt, can give the Dodgers the edge they might have been missing in years past. Different team, different attitudeBeside the urgency that comes with age, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez called this year’s group “more professional” than last year’s.Mattingly took it a step further. “When you’ve got guys doing whatever they want, not really invested, it’s an impediment to the other guys,” he said. “You can trust the guy next to you is going to be ready.”Maybe fans can trust this Dodger team a little more, too. It’s too soon to hang a new championship banner, but it’s too late to compare this year’s team with last year’s.The front office is new. Most of the 2015 NLDS roster will be new. The clock is ticking louder. And if the T-shirts are to be believed, the team’s attitude is new too.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more