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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
06/22/2012 - 8:09am
Let’s get this out of the way first: Everyone wants resolution.
Alex Speier
06/20/2012 - 8:10am
The 2012 season has been, by and large, one of disappointment thus far for the Red Sox. Even as the team once again has popped its head above .500, it has spent most of the season enduring mediocrity, suggesting more questions than answers.
Alex Speier
06/18/2012 - 6:58am
You can forgive dozens of members of the Colorado Rockies if they simultaneously smashed their palms against their foreheads while watching Franklin Morales deal for the
Alex Speier
06/17/2012 - 8:45am
CHICAGO – An organization’s best moves are often the least noticed.
Alex Speier
06/15/2012 - 8:11pm
CHICAGO – Anytime a pitcher misses a start and the word “shoulder” is involved, alarm bells should sound. A blown-out elbow is a speed-bump, typically a one-year Tommy John surgery followed by rehab with a tremendous likelihood of a return at full health. A damaged shoulder? A badly damaged shoulder? That’s often a dead end.
Alex Speier
06/15/2012 - 6:40am
CHICAGO -- No one knows. There’s no good, concise summary to explain what is arguably the most mystifying shortcoming on the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/14/2012 - 1:15pm
CHICAGO – Dale Sveum was a prime target of two of the most history-rich franchises in the majors last offseason. He became the manager of the Cubs, but not until a very prominent candidacy for the same position with the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/13/2012 - 11:14pm
CHICAGO -- It was not the final note that Theo Epstein wanted in Boston.
Alex Speier
06/11/2012 - 8:55am
The Red Sox farm system has yielded numerous stars over the past decade. But as the team migrates south to Miami to play the Marlins, the organization will reunite with the player who possessed arguably the most dazzling skill set of anyone to come through its minor league ranks in this decade.
Alex Speier
06/10/2012 - 7:56am
Under slightly different circumstances, it might have been Gio Gonzalez on the hill for the Red Sox on Saturday.
Alex Speier
06/08/2012 - 9:29am
In some ways, Adrian Gonzalez would seem like one of the few people in the world who can appreciate the phenomena of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
Alex Speier
06/08/2012 - 12:43am
Context, Adrian Gonzalez insisted, was important. There had been worse stretches in his career.
Alex Speier
06/05/2012 - 6:49am
The natural reaction to the Red Sox’ selection of Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero with their top pick in the 2012 draft was to hearken back to Dustin Pedroia, whom the team took as a shortstop out of ASU with its top pick in th
Alex Speier
05/31/2012 - 9:00am
This year’s draft represents a dramatic sea change for a Red Sox team that flexed its considerable financial muscle in the acquisition of top amateur talent in recent years. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has changed the rules for how teams acquire amateur players in significant fashion.
Alex Speier
05/30/2012 - 2:15am
Last Wednesday, in a 6-5 Red Sox win over the Orioles, Daniel Bard allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings before getting lifted with the bases empty after 90 pitches.
Alex Speier
05/29/2012 - 6:51am
So what exactly is Felix Doubront? What are we to glean from his first 10 starts of 2012?
Alex Speier
05/25/2012 - 7:34am
The storyline could be a very different one.
Alex Speier
05/24/2012 - 8:10am
BALTIMORE -- In a vacuum, it will hardly seem like a season-changing stretch. The Red Sox entered it two games under .500. They went 11-9 (a .550 winning percentage that would translate to 89 wins over a 162-game season) to pull themselves up to .500.
Alex Speier
05/23/2012 - 6:16pm
BALTIMORE – No one expected the transition to be seamless, but at the same time, no one expected it to be this extreme.
Alex Speier
05/23/2012 - 8:08am
BALTIMORE -- In defeat, a single swing offered an important reminder. For the Red Sox, the 2012 season has been dominated by injuries. Already this year, the team has placed a staggering 16 players on the disabled list.
Alex Speier
05/22/2012 - 9:00am
BALTIMORE – It’s decision day, and Will Middlebrooks is suppressing his curiosity.
Alex Speier
05/18/2012 - 3:03am
The sight was foreign but necessary. Daniel Bard navigated the Red Sox clubhouse on a few occasions over the past week, wielding what seemed like a foreign implement.
Alex Speier
05/15/2012 - 6:16am
There was pitch No. 119, a 93 mph fastball that was up, in and past the swinging bat of overmatched Mariners hitter Alex Liddi.
Alex Speier
05/12/2012 - 9:27am
Bobby Valentine was caught in between. Again.
Alex Speier
05/11/2012 - 6:47am
"I know that we have the players in our clubhouse who are committed to winning, who have the talent to do it, and are motivated to put 2011 behind them and prove to everyone that they're worthy of the fans' trust." -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington at the press conference introducing him as gene


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Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower talks about going back to the outside, 8-31-15

Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- DIscussing how the roster and practice squad are constructed, the performance of Jimmy Garoppolo, and previewing Week 1 of the NFL regular season - 8-30-15

Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.

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We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

The Sunday Sports Roundta…

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Joe Kelly Player Of The Game Interview 8-29-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 08-28-15

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

David Portnoy from Barsto…

David Portnoy from Barstool outside the courthouse 8-31-15

Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.

The Big O returns to WEEI 8-31-15

The Big O announces his return to WEEI.

Jesse Spector hates Curt Schilling 8-31-15

Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.

Three For All - Kanye Wes…

Three For All - Kanye West at the VMA's, 8-31-15

The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower talks about going back to the outside, 8-31-15

Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.

Dale and Holley's Final D…

Dale and Holley's Final Drive / Freestyle Friday - 08-28-15

We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.

No apologies... Mort keeps digging that hole deeper each week

We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.

Yes, the Red Sox do still exist, and yes, Rob Bradford is with us talking Sox

We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.

Chris Mortensen made some…

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

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SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

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D&C’s Breaking Balls: The Patriots have a problem with ESPN 08-24-15

Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.

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D&C: Breaking down Game 2 of the World Series from Busch Stadium

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