So today's the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Probably you heard about it. You might think there's not really much else to be said about it. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, somebody had the good sense to get Bobby Valentine on the line. Bobby Valentine, who was managing the Mets a dozen years ago, always had something to say about everything. And man, did he have something to say about this ...
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.'
As the linked article does point out, "Members of the Yankees, including Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter and manager Joe Torre, visited rescue staging areas at the Jacob Javits Center, the Armory and St. Vincent’s Hospital four days after the attacks."
I don't know. Maybe four days after the attacks wasn't soon enough. Or maybe there were more Mets than Yankees on the ground, and Valentine was keeping score.
I kinda doubt it, though. Don't you? Doesn't this seem like the latest of many examples of Bobby Valentine placing himself atop a pedestal, and making kicking a few guys while he's climbing the ladder?
I actually like Bobby Valentine. He's smart and he's interesting and he's opinionated. But this part of Bobby Valentine is not at all attractive, and it doesn't seem to be a small part.