On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was a guest on WFAN radio and spoke about the role baseball played in the aftermath of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Valentine didn’t mince words and appeared to use the moment to trash talk the crosstown rival Yankees:
“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around). You couldn’t find a Yankee on the streets of New York City. You couldn’t find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7.”
“Many of them didn’t live here, and so it wasn’t their fault. And many of them did not partake in all that, so there was some of that jealousy going around. Like, ‘Why are we so tired? Why are we wasted? Why have we been to the funerals and the firehouses, and the Yankees are getting all the credit for bringing baseball back?’ And I said ‘This isn’t about credit, guys. This is about doing the right thing.”
In all fairness, Yankees manager Joe Torre and several players including Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams spent time with families of victims in the days after the attacks.
According to the New York Daily News, Torre was asked about Valentine’s remarks and opted not to comment.
Somehow, on the anniversary of one of the worst attacks in American history, Bobby Valentine managed to make it all about him.