Throw another log on the Red SoxYankees fire.
Reggie Jackson will be at Tuesday's game -- the first of the rivalry for new Sox bench boss Bobby Valentine -- and turned up the heat early via ESPN New York radio.
Jackson began by crediting Valentine for starting his new job with gusto. The comment about "hating" the Yankees was a particular stroke of genius.
"If Bobby Valentine can get them playing better, that is what is important that he brings to the table for the Red Sox," Jackson said. "I don't think Bobby gets enough credit for his brains. He is a very bright guy."
What didn't earn Mr. October's praise, however, was Valentine's tweak of Alex Rodriguez. When catcher Jason Varitek retired this year, it was Valentine who brought up the fight, that famous photographic moment when Varitek stuffed his mitt in Rodriguez's face.
To hear Valentine's quote about A-Rod getting "beat up," Jackson went off.
"What's Varitek's first name?" he asked.
"They don't ask that about Alex. I had to ask you Jason Varitek's first name. They don't ask that about Alex. They are not going to ask that about Alex Rodriguez. You are going to know his first name and his last name. And besides it, there are going to be 2,000 ribbies, 700 home runs and whatever else he adds up to. He may have a negative in there, but love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. I can't put Varitek in that paragraph."
It's not a simple matter of loyalty as much as it is Jackson's brand of honesty. In the same tone, he said Valentine will be a "great" fit in Boston.
One opinion appreciated, the other maybe not.
BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.
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Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.
Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.
And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis
on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.
Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture
to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.
Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells CSNNE.com that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.
"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”