Valentine: 'Couldn't find a Yankee' after 9/11

Valentine: 'Couldn't find a Yankee' after 9/11
September 11, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Everyone remembers the role that baseball played in helping New York recover from the horrors of 9/11. Specifically the Yankees' run to the 2001 World Series -- and their thrilling, come-from-behind wins over Byung-Hyun Kim and the Diamondbacks once they got there -- was a rallying point for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of baseball fans in the area.

Bobby Valentine remembers, too. And not as fondly. Because he thinks his Mets got shortchanged in the deal.

"Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were [not around],” Valentine, who managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002, said Wednesday in an interview on WFAN Radio in New York. “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.”

The Mets players, Valentine said, were there.

“Many of [the Yankee players] didn’t live [in New York], and so it wasn’t their fault," he said. "And many of them did not [participate] in [the visits], so there was some of that jealousy going around (among the Met players). 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.' "

newyork.cbslocal.com reported that "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 five days after the attacks."