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VIDEO: Mets Sideline Reporter Makes On-Air Jab About His Paternity Leave

By Paul Shapiro
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Cover Photo: Twitter/@SteveGelbs

New York Mets sideline reporter Steve Gelbs and his wife Julie are expecting their first child. And like most Americans, that means Gelbs is taking paternity leave in order to spend time with his newborn and help take care of his wife.

However, that doesn't mean he'll be off the airwaves for the next few months. In fact, Gelbs will only be away from SNY for the Mets' upcoming road trip – a total of 12 days off.

And, after watching the video below, it's clear that Gelbs was hoping for little more time out of the office.

The clip from last night's Mets game against the St. Louis Cardinals begins with Gary Cohen, the team's television play-by-play announcer for PIX11 broadcast, congratulating Gelbs and his wife on their first child.

Then former Mets great and TV color analyst Keith Hernandez interjects, asking Gelbs how long he'll out. Gelbs replied, "12 days, the road trip," which led to the comedic back and forth.

Hernandez joked, "I think you're nursing it a little bit."

But Gelbs had the last word, retorting with, "I asked for 20."

Oh, the world of employment laws and paternity leave – clearly something we won't touch. But it did make for a quality chuckle for those watching.

And, good luck to Gelbs and his wife on their first child!


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