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About Alex Speier

Before he joined WEEI.com, Alex covered the Red Sox for several New England and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America. Alex graduated from Harvard, where he served as the captain of the debate team, an experience that has been of surprisingly little use in press boxes across the country.

 
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Alex Speier
09/29/2014 - 8:28am
It was a glorious day, bathed in warmth and sunlight, an idyllic atmosphere that carried a faint reminder: There would be no autumnal chill, no baseball in the vivid fall hues where each pitch carries the weight and magnitude of a full season. This was the final reminder of a backwards season that ultimately is defined by the absence of October baseball. 
Alex Speier
09/28/2014 - 1:24am
Some haven't. "Not really," said Koji Uehara. Some have.
Alex Speier
09/26/2014 - 11:29pm
No one can say with any certainty what kind of return the Red Sox will receive on their investment in Rusney Castillo. But one conclusion is beyond doubt: The first $100,000 of their $72.5 million investment has been money well spent. 
Alex Speier
09/25/2014 - 11:47am
It is a period of evaluation that has featured an ever-more-crowded outfield. One after the other, the newcomers have arrived. 
Alex Speier
09/24/2014 - 8:19am
Pop quiz: Of the pitchers who were on the Red Sox' Opening Day roster, who leads the team in ERA? 
Alex Speier
09/24/2014 - 7:59am
It was a bad night for Yoenis Cespedes. 
Alex Speier
09/17/2014 - 1:59am
An evaluator in Pawtucket last week was asked about Rusney Castillo. "We just don't know," he said. "We have no idea."
Alex Speier
09/14/2014 - 7:50am
Will Middlebrooks is looking beyond his struggles.
Alex Speier
09/12/2014 - 8:47am
Still think Mookie Betts is impossibly blocked?
Alex Speier
09/08/2014 - 10:18am
Perhaps, finally, the corner has been turned.
Alex Speier
09/04/2014 - 10:48am
NEW YORK -- Who's on third? 
Alex Speier
09/03/2014 - 9:15am
NEW YORK -- They have Mookie. They have Rusney. Now what? 
Alex Speier
08/25/2014 - 8:01am
Not everyone is thinking about the future. 
Alex Speier
08/24/2014 - 8:08am
Why is Rusney Castillo now rich? Why did the Red Sox open the vault to confer $72.5 million upon a center fielder who has never played a single game in the majors and who hasn't been seen in a game of any sort since 2012? 
Alex Speier
08/22/2014 - 7:37am
Perhaps as soon as today, Rusney Castillo will become a very, very rich man.
Alex Speier
08/19/2014 - 8:51pm
Alex Speier
08/18/2014 - 8:26am
David Ortiz's home runs represent more than milestones. 
Alex Speier
08/13/2014 - 6:54am
Yoenis Cespedes has wasted little time to give a glimpse of why the Red Sox made their move for him at the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
08/12/2014 - 9:54am
"Shoulda been a Ray."
Alex Speier
08/11/2014 - 1:33am
Jackie Bradley Jr.'s run of offensive futility is nearing historic proportions. But Sunday marked a new landmark. The 24-year-old struck out in each of his four plate appearances (swinging on three occasions, looking once).
Alex Speier
08/07/2014 - 10:00am
There came a point late last month where the struggles of Xander Bogaerts bordered on alarming.
Alex Speier
08/05/2014 - 2:31am
Evidently, Henry Owens felt ready for the next level.  The 22-year-old delivered that message in blaring fashion in his Triple-A debut on Monday night. A pitcher who'd looked for a month or more like someone who was ready to graduate from Double-A made the point in no uncertain terms in his first outing with Pawtucket. 
Alex Speier
08/03/2014 - 9:28am
The Red Sox acquired a pair of potential middle of the order corner outfielders at the trade deadline on Thursday. But who will they flank? 


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NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - Red Sox playoff pus…

D&C - Red Sox playoff push, 8-26-16

Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end

D&C's 'Headlines' - Springteen's four hour show, reviews for new De Niro boxing film, 8-26-16

Kirk reads the Friday 'Headlines' which include Bruce Springsteen performing a four hour show in New Jersey, and the great early reviews for "Hands of Stone"

D&C - Why is Brady playing in the preseason? 8-26-16

Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guest

OMF - Should Tom Brady go…

OMF - Should Tom Brady go to Carolina for the 3rd Preseason game? 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.

OMF - Andrew Benintendi's knee, and Papi's well-aged muscle, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...

OMF - Grading John Farrell's performance in last night's bad loss, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.

Patriots acquire Barkevio…

Patriots acquire Barkevious Mingo for a 5th round pick - analysis and reaction

We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.

Do the Sox have the right to be tired? Fans split on using fatigue as an excuse

A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.

Red Sox end road trip with a couple of tough losses

The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

Enough About Me - Ep. 29:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.

Sports Check Up- Ep 4: Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill discuss football season

Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer

Enough About Me - Ep. 29:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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Does NESN need to be care…

Does NESN need to be careful with their new on-air talent? 8-24-16

NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?

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D&C - Is Bill Belichick s…

D&C - Is Bill Belichick snubbing Tom Brady? Is Brady being childish? 8-24-16

Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.

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D&C - A strange Philadelp…

D&C - A strange Philadelphia radio firing 8-25-16

Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.

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Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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