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Bobby Valentine would like you to know that the Mets were better than the Yankees Post-9/11

Sep 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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This interview with Bobby Valentine on WFAN about remembering the scene in baseball post-9/11 has many interesting bits. As you may expect, given that he was the manager of the New York Mets at the time and the Mets played center stage in baseball following the 9/11 attacks. The first game. The big Piazza home run. The New York connections of many on the roster like John Franco, which in turn led to a lot of touching moments and meaningful gestures.

Which is all fine, but it turns a bit unseemly when Valentine turns to credit-taking.  Indeed, he seems to want to make it clear that the Yankees were not as important to New York as the Mets in those days after 9/11:

“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around),” Valentine told 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.’”

No, it wasn’t about credit then, Bobby V. says. But boy howdy it is now, apparently.  All of which: (a) seems really petty; and (b) seems, if my memory is serving me, pretty counterfactual too. Yankees players were out in the city after 9/11 too.

Not sure what Valentine’s aim is here, but he seems to be, as he so often does, making whatever topic is in front of him about Bobby Valentine.

  1. rbj1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Bobby, we already know you’re an asshole, no need to keep reminding us.

    BTW, from 9/18 through 9/23 the Yankees were on the road.

  2. asimonetti88 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Geez this guy can be a blowhard sometimes. I remember reading an article recently about Mariano Rivera and Scott Brosius visiting with first responders and their recollections of it. You can talk about how you’re proud of what you did following 9/11 without putting others down Bobby.

  3. rickdobrydney - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Typical jerk Valentine—–what an egotistical, chest pumping ass he is .Yankees were out there with people during that horrible time as well. So typical of Valentine to turn it into a negative. Typical snob narcissism from the KING of narcissism. So glad he is out of baseball. Who in their right minds would hire a clown like him??

  4. denny65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Didn’t this guy pass away last year?

    • Glenn - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      A+, sir.

  5. yahmule - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    The guy is so consistently tone deaf you almost think it’s a gigantic troll job at times.

  6. alexo0 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I’d love to see a narcissist-off between him and Rickey Henderson:

    Reporter: “It’s estimated that 50% of players are taking steroids. Is this accurate?”

    Rickey: “Well Rickey’s not one of them, so that’s 49% right there.”

    • bigharold - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Rickey says “Leave Rickey out of it.”

  7. zwilhelm16 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    How about those Red Sox Bobby!

  8. terrier92 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    OMG Please just please fade away

    His signing by the Red Sox made the Dave Lewis signing by Bruins look good in comparison

    What a train wreck

  9. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Bobby “I’m My Own” Valentine.

    Just made that up, but I wish Berman would take credit for it, especially since they were co-workers at one time

  10. themagicfanguy - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I just wish he would go away already. I’d rather watch a five hour long special dedicated to every aspect of Tebow than hear this guy talk.

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  12. aceshigh11 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    What a fuckin’ stunad.

  13. bobwheel - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    If there’s a bigger douche bag in baseball, let me know.

  14. teambringitstrong - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Aaron Davis, Demetrius, Matt Altman and Greg Clarke rank up there with Bobby Valentine as some of the biggest, lying self serving *ssclowns alive.

  15. lazlosother - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    The Red Sox deserve all of the success they’re having this year just for not killing Bobby V. last year. And I’m a Yankee fan fer chrissakes.

  16. bigharold - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    “Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around), .. ”

    Right up until the playoffs when his barely .500 team went home and the Yankees went to the WS.

    What a colossal jerk. Did he ever mention that he invented the “wrap”? Of course he did, .. he can’t shut up about that either.

  17. pastabelly - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    If John Farrell had managed the Mets, they would have been better off.

  18. romoscollarbone - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I heard this interview live, words and Craig’s sentiment cannot express how disingenuous Valentine was thru it.

  19. pmonte3122 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Right, because they won the World Series right?

  20. materialman80 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Umm what is he trying to say?

  21. albanyjints - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Weren’t the Yankees on the road at that time? Bobby V. Is an idiot. His statements about 9/11 just add to his legacy.

  22. bradmoss1 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    “Let it be said…”

    Jesus, it takes a special kind of arrogant, grandiose, jackass to talk like that.

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