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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
02/26/2013 - 7:56am
It was the sort of performance that forces anyone watching to take notice.
Alex Speier
02/21/2013 - 2:31am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It has been a different spring for Xander Bogaerts.
Alex Speier
02/19/2013 - 8:23am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There is a bit of a misconception about Mike Napoli.
Alex Speier
02/17/2013 - 9:29am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Shane Victorino and Joel Hanrahan, baseball life has come full circle now that they are playing together for the Red Sox this spring.
Alex Speier
02/16/2013 - 8:02am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For those who see it, it's a captivating spectacle. For Jackie Bradley Jr., it's nothing more than a routine.
Alex Speier
02/15/2013 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Why did the Red Sox sign Jonny Gomes instead of bringing back Cody Ross?
Alex Speier
02/14/2013 - 7:19am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When the Red Sox signed Drew Sutton to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp this winter, it created hardly a ripple.
Alex Speier
02/13/2013 - 10:18am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Wednesday morning provided Ryan Kalish with a difficult reminder.
Alex Speier
02/13/2013 - 7:32am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When the Red Sox hired John Farrell as manager, the decision came with an obvious benefit.
Alex Speier
02/12/2013 - 12:00am
Tuesday represents a sort of day of baseball renewal, the first official workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers. The guiding mission of the players who will take part in it and the organization they represent now is straightforward: Build the next great Red Sox team.
Alex Speier
02/07/2013 - 8:43am
Almost everything about Jon Lester's track record is viewed through a surprisingly critical lens. The left-hander's excellence from 2008-11 was historically good yet arguably underappreciated. His struggles in 2012 were real yet perhaps treated as more dramatic than they actually were.
Alex Speier
02/06/2013 - 11:50am
Steven Wright is making the most of his second chance to make a first impression.
Alex Speier
02/05/2013 - 2:13am
There are some players who require time to appreciate, whose skill and potential become apparent only after seeing them play for a considerable stretch. And then there are the special talents, the ones whose abilities are so obvious that there is really no question.
Alex Speier
02/01/2013 - 1:48am
In Red Sox spring training in 2009, no pitcher made a more formidable impression than Daniel Bard.
Alex Speier
01/29/2013 - 10:51am
For the last three months, the focus, naturally, has been on addressing the Red Sox' most obvious roster voids. The Sox entered the winters with needs at numerous positions -- first base, both outfield corners, starting rotation, potentially shortstop.
Alex Speier
01/26/2013 - 9:55am
Increasingly, it has become a distressing exploration of "what if."
Alex Speier
01/22/2013 - 11:48am
“There’s one thing I’m going to be proud of after I’m gone,” Francona said in the days after it ended. “I think they’re going to find there’s more [expletive] that goes on than they realize.”
Alex Speier
01/11/2013 - 8:06am
In many respects, the Red Sox' fortunes in 2013 are tied to those of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
Alex Speier
01/08/2013 - 5:50am
The prospect widely viewed as the most promising pitcher in the Red Sox system is not taking part in the team’s Rookie Development Program. His absence, in turn, is revealing about the positive direction of the farm system.
Alex Speier
01/02/2013 - 8:32am
It’s now 31 days since the Red Sox reached an agreement with Mike Napoli on a three-year, $39 million deal to be their everyday first baseman, and more than three weeks since the physical that turned a formality into an uncertainty.
Alex Speier
12/31/2012 - 9:08am
It’s now been almost a week since the Red Sox and Pirates completed a six-player deal headlined in both Boston and Pittsburgh by the relocation of closer Joel Hanrahan to the Sox.
Alex Speier
12/24/2012 - 9:13am
At the start of the offseason, it seemed like there was a profile of the type of player for whom the Red Sox might trade.
Alex Speier
12/20/2012 - 8:21am
One of the hallmarks of Ryan Dempster’s second life as a starter has been durability.
Alex Speier
12/19/2012 - 8:11am
  It's been two years since Stephen Drew had a full, healthy season. And so, it has been a considerable period of time since he's resembled one of the top shortstops in the game. And it's possible that he'll never perform at such a level again.
Alex Speier
12/14/2012 - 9:50am
The Red Sox entered the offseason hoping to re-sign David Ortiz and add a starting pitcher, a first baseman and two corner outfielders.


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Real Postgame Show - Mr. …

Real Postgame Show - Mr. 201, 12-4-2016

Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.

Real Postgame Show - Patriots defense back on track?, 12-4-2016

Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.

NFL SUNDAY -- Pete and Price get to more analysis, keys to the game and interesting stats to keep in mind as we get closer to kickoff -- 12-4-16

Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.

Celtics Podcast - How the…

Celtics Podcast - How the Celtics can hang with Cleveland atop the Eastern Conference 11-30-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.

Celtics Podcast - Turning a corner with Al Horford back 11-28 -16

WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.

Celtics Season Preview

Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?

Curt Schilling - I would …

Curt Schilling - I would rather get into the Hall of Fame than win a Senate seat

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - More MLB hall of Fame voting talk and reaction, and Rob's Dominican travel itinerary

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 1 - MLB Hall of Fame voting, the Character Clause, and Curt Schilling

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.

Saturday Skate - Rask doe…

Saturday Skate - Rask does it again, but debates rage on Krejci, Chara, Bergeron and Krug 12-3-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.

Saturday Skate - Laird & Admiral on the Sox & Gronk, then first reaction as B's beat Sabres 2-1

The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction

Bruins Cast - B's missing offense but manage back-to-back road wins 11-2-16

Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not…

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not won a playoff game since 2003 and got a contract extension 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete discussed the Rams idiotic decision to give Jeff Fisher an extension.

K&C - Jeff Fisher still can't find his replay flag; Penn State fans are the worst 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete opened the 8 am hour discussing a brutal day for Jeff Fisher. The guys also reacted to Gus Johnson's over the top final call of the Big Ten championship.

K&C - Roger Goodell was not in Foxboro for Brady's 201st win; Headlines with Kirk 12-5-16

Gerry Kirk and Pete opened the 7 am hour talking about Roger Goodell not being in attendance yesterday.

OMF - Louisville women's …

OMF - Louisville women's basketball coach hates participation trophies 12-5-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian react to a rant from the Louisville women's basketball coach about why he hates participation trophies and soft kids.

OMF - Roger Goodell did not congratulate Tom Brady on winning an NFL record 201 games 12-5-16

Tom Brady told K&C that he has not heard from the NFL in regards to a congratulations for breaking the NFL wins record. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Brady's record and the ever-growing feud between Brady and Goodell.

OMF - The road to the #1 seed in the AFC heats up 12-5-16

Oakland and New England are tied atop the AFC, but the Raiders have the edge in tiebreakers. The guys look into the race and talk about the upcoming Patriots schedule, which is harder than the last few games.

Bill Belichick - 2001 cha…

Bill Belichick - 2001 championship team "magically came together"

Dale and Michael sit down with head coach Bill Belichick to discuss the win over the Rams, but spend a lot of time remembering the 2001 championship team, which was honored this past weekend for it's 15th anniversary.

NFL Network's Heath Evans - Patriots will not be as good without Gronk

We check in with former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, now an analyst on the NFL Network for his thoughts on the Patriots latest win, losing Gronk, the best teams in the league and much more.

Red Sox extend John Farrell's contract through 2018 - reaction

Mut and Michael Holley discuss this Sox news late on a Patriots Monday.

Ep. 43: Adam Carolla

Ep. 43: Adam Carolla

Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.

Ep. 42: The Godcast with Larry Johnson

Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.

Ep. 41: John Feitelberg of Barstool Sports

Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.

The Real K&C - Mut bumped…

The Real K&C - Mut bumped for Pete Sheppard; 9.2 or 2.9? 12-5-16

Gerry Callahan pulled an audible at the line of scrimmage and bumped the scheduled Mike Mutnansky from Monday's show, in favor of sporty Pete Sheppard. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis explain how it went down and how the show went w/ the Meat Man in.

SoccerCast - Why Toronto winning is best for MLS

Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.

The Real K&C - Ken & Curtis recap a non-Casting Couch Friday 12-2-16

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.

K&C - Tom Brady on his re…

K&C - Tom Brady on his record setting win 12-5-16

Tom Brady discussed win number 201 with Gerry, Kirk and Pete.

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K&C - Tom Brady breaks Manning's record; Jeff Fisher is a disaster 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete opened the show discussing Tom Brady's record setting win and Jeff Fisher's idiotic contract extension.

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