Former New York Mets Manager Bobby Valentine says it was “more than difficult” to get back to baseball after the September 11th attacks. Valentine, who is from Stamford and is Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University talked about New york after the attacks in an interview with WFAN (see the story; hear the interview from CBS New York)
He said the Atlanta Braves “stood tall” when they traveled to Queens to play in the first baseball game in New York after 9/11, an emotional 3-2 win for the Mets.
Valentine says there were some hard feelings about the way the Mets were perceived following the attacks, compared to the Yankees.
“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around),” he told WFAN. Valentine, who went on to manage the Boston Red Sox in 2012, told the hosts: “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.”