Valentine wearing No. 25 to honor Tony C.


Valentine wearing No. 25 to honor Tony C.

BOSTON -- Bobby Valentine was wearing the No. 25 at his introductory press conference Thursday, which conjured memories of Mike Lowell for most Red Sox fans. But those of a certain age recalled a more distant hero.

And that's who Valentine is honoring. He says he's wearing No. 25 for the late Tony Conigliaro, whose career was cut short by a 1967 beaning and who died in 1990 at the age of 45 after suffering a debilitating heart attack eight years earlier.

I had such admiration for him, Valentine said. We both got beaned. We talked about -- I never was able to really talk to someone about that, when that ball slows down right there pointing to a space in front of his left eye right before the impact. And its a lousy conversation but I was able to talk to him about it, and it was a bonding kind of thing."

So when he saw No. 25 was available . . .

"I called Mike Lowell. I should have called Billy Conigliaro -- and I couldnt get his number real quickly -- and the family, because I know that a lot of people wanted to retire it in his honor. And I would gladly put it up on that wall rather than on my back.

"But I think its a great number to wear."

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”