Nationals' Sean Doolittle Rips Critics of Daniel Hudson's NLCS Paternity Leave

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 13, 2019

Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle follows through on a pitch to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle doesn't have time for people who criticized Daniel Hudson's decision to miss Game 1 of the National League Championship Series while on paternity leave. 

Following Saturday's 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2, Doolittle addressed the situation involving his teammate. 

"If your reaction to someone having a baby is anything other than, 'Congratulations, I hope everybody's healthy!' you're an assh--e," Doolittle told reporters

The Nationals announced Hudson would miss the NLCS opener Friday because his wife gave birth to the couple's third child.

Former Miami Marlins president David Samson was among the people critical of Hudson for missing a baseball game to be with his wife. 

"Unreal that Daniel Hudson is on paternity list and missing game 1 of #NLCS," Samson 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?"

The Nationals won 2-0 in Game 1 thanks to Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid that got broken up with two outs in the eighth inning. Doolittle followed him out of the bullpen by getting the final four outs. 

Hudson returned to the Nationals in St. Louis for Game 2. He recorded the final two outs to give Washington a 2-0 series lead heading back to Nationals Park.

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