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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
10/19/2010 - 1:39pm
Did a market miscalculation result in the Red Sox signing John Lackey at the expense of a chance to get Cliff Lee? In terms of both the 2010 season and the future, the possibility exists.
Alex Speier
10/13/2010 - 3:42am
It had been hanging over the Rays all season. This was the proverbial last-hurrah, the final opportunity for the core that won the American League pennant in 2008 to claim a championship.
Alex Speier
10/11/2010 - 4:34am
It was a moment that suggested a sea change in how winning teams are formed, both in the majors and in the American League East.
Alex Speier
10/08/2010 - 1:26pm
The playoffs have continued a pair of themes that have been prominent throughout the 2010 season. It is a year of dominant pitching and questionable umpiring. Could the two be related?
Alex Speier
10/07/2010 - 3:13am
On Wednesday, Roy Halladay did what seemed impossible. In one of the great hitter's environments in the majors, against one of the best lineups in the majors, he threw a no-hitter in Citizens Bank Park.
Alex Speier
10/02/2010 - 7:00am
So, it is almost done, the rest representing little more than a formality. The Yankees accomplished their 2010 goal, while the Red Sox fell short of theirs.
Alex Speier
09/30/2010 - 5:00am
Jon Lester has no business being a member of the Boston Red Sox. In retrospect, the idea that he remained available in the second round, at the No.
Alex Speier
09/27/2010 - 9:27am
NEW YORK – The two Yankees players who started the rally that effectively ended the Red Sox’ 2010 season may have a great deal to do with what happens to the Sox in the coming offseason.
Alex Speier
09/27/2010 - 7:20am
NEW YORK – When Felipe Lopez arrived in Yankee Stadium on Saturday, he said that part of his reason for joining the Red Sox rather than the Padres was because he did not want to bear witness to a champagne celebration of which he did not feel a part. Instead, on Sunday, he had an up-close view of a wake.
Alex Speier
09/26/2010 - 11:36am
NEW YORK – Jason Varitek knows what Cy Young Award-winning pitchers look like.
Alex Speier
09/22/2010 - 2:53am
Amidst the questions about the causes of the Red Sox’ slide from contention this year, here’s one line of inquiry that has been easy to ignore: What if the Jeremy Hermida lottery ticket had hit the jackpot? What if he had been Jose Bautista?
Alex Speier
09/21/2010 - 8:13am
Make no mistake: Wins and losses remain the ultimate measuring stick in baseball, the barometer of a team’s success over the course of a 162-game grind. But where once those same two statistics offered the measure of a pitcher’s performance, now the preferred means of evaluating pitching performances have changed.
Alex Speier
09/18/2010 - 10:30am
It is nearing the end of Year One, still too early to draw conclusions about the ultimate merits of the five-year deal that John Lackey signed with the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
09/16/2010 - 3:00am
It’s crazy. Right? Insane. Right?
Alex Speier
09/14/2010 - 7:33am
Jon Lester is not one to reflect. He typically greets mention of the milestones he reaches with something between a grimace and a shrug.
Alex Speier
09/13/2010 - 7:08am
On Sunday, J.D. Drew did something that has been increasingly rare over the course of this season: He made an impact.
Alex Speier
09/10/2010 - 8:27am
The moment represents a landmark in the career of Lars Anderson.
Alex Speier
09/08/2010 - 8:46am
There was no surprise in the announcement, but it still was a striking admission.
Alex Speier
09/07/2010 - 6:39am
The minor league regular season came to its conclusion on Monday, and on the surface, 2010 seemed to represent a disappointment for the Red Sox farm system.
Alex Speier
09/05/2010 - 5:00am
It is possible to overanalyze the situation.
Alex Speier
09/03/2010 - 7:00am
BALTIMORE – Hours before the series finale against the Orioles, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was examining video of his swing. And he could not help but to draw in a couple of teammates.
Alex Speier
09/02/2010 - 8:51am
BALTIMORE – Josh Beckett has been here before, searching for answers in a season considered – by himself, by others – as a terrible disappointment.
Alex Speier
09/01/2010 - 9:00am
BALTIMORE — It is becoming painful to watch Marco Scutaro, but that is nothing compared with how painful it is to be Marco Scutaro.
Alex Speier
09/01/2010 - 7:01am
BALTIMORE — On Tuesday afternoon, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that hope had not been extinguished.
Alex Speier
08/29/2010 - 12:45pm
A night when Scott Atchison was on the mound as the pitcher of record for the Red Sox in one of their biggest losses of the season offered a reminder.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

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Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

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Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

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Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

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Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start 4-23-14

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Shabazz Napier joins Joe and Dave as the UConn Huskies are honored at Fenway Park

UConn Point Guard, Shabazz Napier joined the guys for a half inning and talked about his experiences in college, his reasoning behind completing his education, and growing up in Boston.

Jonny Gomes with Joe Castiglione & Rob Bradford after the crazy win at Fenway

Joe & Rob talked to Jonny Gomes after the dramatic run-off win at Fenway over the Orioles.

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Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Colbert introduced on Letterman

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Daily Diamond: Pittsburgh and Milwaukee clear benches in big brawl, April 22, 2014

Mut and Merloni discuss the latest brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Does anyone really miss Jacoby Ellsbury in a Red Sox uniform 4-22-14

We discuss the return of Jacoby Ellsbury to Fenway Park, including why he left Boston, and what the crowd reaction will be for him.

DJ Bean live from Detroit previews Round One Games 3 and 4. 4-22-14

We check in with Mr. Bean live from the D to preview two games of Bruins-Wings action.

What's wrong with the 2014 version of Clay Buchholz? 4-22-14

We discuss the harsh start by Clay Buchholz, and how the turnaround from last season's start has been disturbing to watch if you're a Sox fan/

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Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

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Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

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Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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