Former Mets and Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine is known for being … let’s call it “outspoken.” But it appears as if he and his always-open mouth have finally crossed a dangerous line, and this time it’s cost him a job.
According to a new report in Newsday, Valentine has been bounced from a new gig at TBS over insensitive (and really just plain wrong) comments regarding the Yankees’ failure to respond after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
“You couldn’t find a Yankee on the streets of New York City,’’ Valentine told WFAN during a guest appearance earlier this month. “You couldn’t find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7.”
“Many of them did not partake in all that,” he added, “so there was some of that jealousy going around. Like, ‘Why are we [the Mets] 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.’”
In his efforts to take credit for not taking credit, Valentine ignited a media firestorm that is now taking a toll on his career.
According to the Newsday report, Turner Sports had originally planned to group Valentine with Keith Olbermann and Pedro Martinez in an unholy loudmouthed trinity to cover this year’s MLB playoffs. Instead, the network announced Monday that the third seat on the broadcast would be occupied by Tom Verducci, a move that two sources told Newsday was directly related to Valentine’s 9/11 comments.
It’s also probably not a coincidence that Olbermann thoroughly skewered Valentine on his ESPN2 show in a deliciously scathing monologue in which he named Valentine the Worst Person in the World. A Turner spokesman neither confirmed nor denied that the un-hiring was related to Olbermann’s rant, but it doesn’t take much to see how that might make for a slightly awkward work environment.
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