New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees president Randy Levine said that the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks should be treated as a day to reflect and not an occasion to seek credit.
Levine was reacting to comments by former New York Mets managers Bobby Valentine that his team worked much more than the Yankees in helping the city in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“This is a day for prayer and remembrance. It’s well-documented that the New York Yankees at that time visited Ground Zero, the Armory, St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Javits Center and many other places. To this day, the organization continues to honor the responders, the heroes of 9/11, the victims and their families. This is a day to reflect, not a day to seek credit,” said Levine.
Valentine claimed that while Mets worked tirelessly to aid the victims, their families, the city’s emergency workers there was not a Yankeee in sight.
“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around),” Valentine noted during an interiew 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.”
Valentine admitted that many of the Yankees didn’t live in the area, and so it wasn’t their fault.
Levine called it “sad” that Valentine would make those comments on the anniversary.
Mariano Rivera seemed puzzled when informed of Valentine’s words.
“It’s ridiculous,” Rivera said. “For him to say that, I don’t know what basis he has to say that. I was there. I’m part of the Yankees. And it wasn’t just myself; a bunch of players and front office (personnel) were there.”
The Yankees did their share to assist the victims’ families and the city’s emergency workers, including a $1 million donation from the club.
Yankees manager Joe Torre and several players including Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams spent time with families of victims in the days after the attacks.
The Mets were more visible in the days after the attacks as the parking lot at Shea Stadium was transformed into a staging area, something that wasn’t possible at Yankee Stadium due to the lack of a primary lot.