Bobby Valentine told WFAN on Wednesday that the Mets did more for New York than the Yankees following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:
“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees weren’t there. 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.’”
Valentine doubled down on his statements again, asking Yankees President Randy Levine to produce photos of Yankees players helping the community after 9/11. Later, he recanted, tweeting that it was the “wrong thing to say at the wrong time.”
There are several published reports and photos from that time showing Joe Torre, Paul O’Niell, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera, among others Yankees, visiting local hospitals and rescue sites in the days after the attack.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This is uncomfortable, to say the least. I love Bobby, but this just a bizarre thing to say. I’m hoping he really regrets the comments, but who knows? It’s really in poor taste for him talk about this, in this way, even if he does take pride in what his team was able to accomplish.