NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yankees president Randy Levine says Bobby Valentine “should be silent and remember” after the former Mets manager claimed New York’s American League club was nowhere to be found following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Valentine said he’d take the advice — and then doubled down on his original stance Thursday.
“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around),” Valentine told WFAN radio’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday. “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.”
He added: “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.’”