Tuesday September 11, 2012 | 06:35 AM

In my previous column I wrote about Bobby Valentine, suggesting he did not appear to be a good fit as manager of the Boston Red Sox (nothing ground-breaking there).

In an April column, criticizing how he spoke publicly about Kevin Youkilis before talking to him first, I also wrote this: 

"There is a very appealing side to Bobby Valentine, the man who came to Portland last January for a benefit dinner for the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Valentine seems genuine, a man who does a lot of good for a lot of needy causes."

In his excellent article today, ESPN's Gordon Edes reminds us of the good in Bobby Valentine, and how that shined through 11 years ago, on 9/11/01.

At the end of his story, Edes references how Valentine befriended a family that lost its father in the 9/11 attacks. See the Boston Globe story about that.

The Yankees come to Fenway Park tonight, There will be a lot on people's minds, other than a baseball game and the future of the Red Sox manager.

Here are the standings: 

Yankees 79-61
Orioles 78-62 (1 back)
Rays 77-63 (2)

A’s 80-60
Orioles 78-62
Rays 77-63 (1 back)
Angels 77-64 (1.5)
Tigers 73-67 (5)

Astros 44-97
Cubs 55-86
Rockies 57-83
Twins 59-82
Indians 59-82
Marlins 63-79
RED SOX 63-78
Royals 63-77
Blue Jays 64-75
Mets 65-76
Padres 67-75
Seattle 67-74

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