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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
05/29/2014 - 8:04am
Vivid 10-year-old memories flooded Fenway Park on Wednesday, the reunion of the 2004 Red Sox championship team conjuring thoughts of games and moments within games that still seemed as if they just ended.
Alex Speier
05/23/2014 - 6:58am
It is a time of painful uncertainty in the career of Will Middlebrooks. 
Alex Speier
05/22/2014 - 8:03am
There's a tendency to view Clay Buchholz's struggles this year as unfathomable, unimaginable given what he's done in his career. The reality is that what the Red Sox have seen thus far in 2014 is very familiar. 
Alex Speier
05/21/2014 - 9:16am
It is not merely a position but an identity. And so it was that the news that the Red Sox had re-signed Stephen Drew crashed down upon Xander Bogaerts like a ton of bricks.
Alex Speier
05/21/2014 - 12:20am
Despite their early-season struggles, the Red Sox had received a measure of stability from at least one corner of their team. Through 44 games (including Tuesday night's 7-4 shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays), the team had employed only five starters throughout the entirety of the year. 
Alex Speier
05/20/2014 - 8:31am
In the winter after 2012, the Red Sox rolled seven after seven in the construction of their team.
Alex Speier
05/18/2014 - 1:45am
The good news for the Red Sox is that one out of every three games, they've been as good as nearly any team in the American League.
Alex Speier
05/17/2014 - 7:53am
The Red Sox understood that when they committed to youth, to a lineup featuring three players who are 25 years old or younger, that they would be vulnerable to more pronounced peaks and valleys than might have typified their lineup a year ago. That, the team felt, was worth the upside.
Alex Speier
05/15/2014 - 10:16am
Woe betide the team that crosses David Ortiz. The man appears to hold a grudge. 
Alex Speier
05/13/2014 - 2:34am
It has been nearly 10 years since Craig Breslow stood prepared to give up the diversion of baseball in pursuit of something higher-minded. 
Alex Speier
05/09/2014 - 8:18am
When the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli away from the Rangers following the 2012 season, there was little complexity about his profile. The man could mash.  As for the finer points of the game? Whatever. 
Alex Speier
05/07/2014 - 2:04am
As Red Sox teammates swarmed Grady Sizemore at second base following his first walk-off hit in eight seasons, the alternate reality was impossible to ignore. 
Alex Speier
05/05/2014 - 7:36am
In a different world, might Sonny Gray's trip to the mound at Fenway on Sunday have been as a member of the Red Sox as opposed to against them as a member of the A's? Such a scenario very easily could have come to pass. 
Alex Speier
05/03/2014 - 1:57am
Long ago, before the birth of the Laser Show, there were nonetheless hints that there was something . . . different about the way that the ball came off of Dustin Pedroia's bat. 
Alex Speier
05/02/2014 - 7:33am
It is hard to imagine a more dispiriting circumstance than getting swept in a doubleheader.
Alex Speier
04/29/2014 - 8:40am
He anticipates the question before it is asked. But he doesn't know the answer. 
Alex Speier
04/25/2014 - 8:02am
This is what it means to live through player development at the major league level. This is what it means to have young players at key positions who are making their transitions, rather than established veterans who represent known quantities. 
Alex Speier
04/23/2014 - 8:09am
There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion.
Alex Speier
04/22/2014 - 7:34am
There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. 
Alex Speier
04/19/2014 - 1:33am
The Red Sox offense remains mired in a profound slump. Yet that doesn't mean the team shouldn't be able to win. 
Alex Speier
04/15/2014 - 7:23am
This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. 
Alex Speier
04/14/2014 - 7:45am
The Red Sox would much rather leave the 2010 yearbook on the shelves, unopened.
Alex Speier
04/09/2014 - 7:40am
In spring training, it was an either/or. That's not necessarily the case anymore. The time may be coming when we see Shane Victorino and Grady Sizemore flanking Jackie Bradley Jr.  
Alex Speier
04/08/2014 - 8:14am
Most kids daydreamed in their backyards about hitting baseballs impossibly far. Jackie Bradley Jr. spent his formative baseball years intent on running impossibly far to catch them. 
Alex Speier
04/07/2014 - 7:16am
Unfamiliar adversity has come early.  It took all of one week for the Red Sox to find themselves in the sort of uncomfortable position that rarely characterized their 2013 title march. A year ago, the team used a strong start as a springboard to a methodical steamrolling through the season. 


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Week 3: Around the AFC Ea…

Week 3: Around the AFC East 9-18-14

MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-By-Play Man, previews Pats-Raiders 9-18-14

From 95.7 The Game, Greg Papa breaks down the struggling Raiders and discusses Charles Woodson's comments that the team sucks

Christopher Price - New drug policy will not shorten Browner and Tyms suspension, 9-17-14

Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Ben Cherington on Rusney …

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo 9-18-14

Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks Orioles, Red Sox offense, and David Ortiz, 9-17-14

The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Ben Cherington on Rusney …

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo 9-18-14

Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines : Scrotum removal 9-18-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

The Vikings apologize 9-18-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the Vikings press conference.

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-B…

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-By-Play Man, previews Pats-Raiders 9-18-14

From 95.7 The Game, Greg Papa breaks down the struggling Raiders and discusses Charles Woodson's comments that the team sucks

Three For All: MFK: Dennis, Callahan, or Minihane? 9-18-14

Party with one, Marry one, and Kill the other. How would you decide?

The Fauria Five 9-18-14

Christian asks 5 questions about the Pats Offense, NFL Power Rankings, Jameis Winston, The Olympics in Boston, and David Pastrinak

Have the Bruins done enou…

Have the Bruins done enough to compete for the Cup in 2014-2015

Dale, Michael (and DJ Bean) discuss the Bruins off-season and whether or not they've done enough to get back into position to win the Stanley Cup.

Ron Washington admits reason for his resignation, plus a shocking Dale Arnold revelation to boot!

We discuss Ron Washington's press conference today, announcing the reason for his abrupt departure from the Texas Rangers this season, and we learn a little something about ol' Dale Arnold too.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Bruins Training Camp Debut Edition 09-18-14

We tackle four question marks the Bruins face for 2014-2015 as they open up training camp today.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

Producers Podcast: Sausag…

Producers Podcast: Sausage and Beans 9-18-14

Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office

Dennis & Callahan's Breaking Balls Podcast: The NFL's hot mess, Jenny Dell and who has bad breath.

Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.

Minor Details Ep. 100: A minor centennial with Rob Bradford, Mike Hazen and Jim Callis

The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.

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Jim Souhan on Adrian Peterson 9-17-14

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.

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Adrian Peterson finally reprimanded 9-17-14

The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.

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We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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Rodney Harrison chooses not to comment on Adrian Peterson, 9-16-14

Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.

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