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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
03/25/2011 - 7:52am
JUPITER, Fla. – On the mound, Clay Buchholz performed at times last year as if he had ice water in his veins. But ice on his shoulder? That’s another story completely.
Alex Speier
03/23/2011 - 7:42am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A curiosity has loomed ever since the Red Sox and Padres consummated the blockbuster deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in December.
Alex Speier
03/22/2011 - 11:47am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – While Carl Crawford will be the natural focus any time the Red Sox and Rays face each other – as they do on Tuesday night in an exhibition contest in Fort Myers – another Sox newcomer has deeper roots in the Tampa Bay organization.
Alex Speier
03/16/2011 - 7:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ah, the committee. Really, the whole experiment lasted just three months. And in relative terms, the whole thing was eons ago.
Alex Speier
03/15/2011 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Red Sox will undertake a thankless haul on Tuesday, a bus full of players barreling over two hours into Central Florida to play in Lakeland against the Tigers. Yet some members of the club could not hide their enthusiasm for the undertaking.
Alex Speier
03/13/2011 - 8:55pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It comes as no surprise that Adrian Gonzalez has established himself as one of the top defensive first basemen in the game. From the time he was taken as the top overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Marlins, Gonzalez earned raves for his work at the position.
Alex Speier
03/13/2011 - 12:40am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez was motivated by the idea that the first baseman could help bring the franchise a championship. If that happens, then lightning will have struck twice with the slugger.
Alex Speier
03/11/2011 - 1:58am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- It was perfectly aligned. Almost.
Alex Speier
03/05/2011 - 9:34am
There is no denying that Clay Buchholz had an incredible season in 2010. But there is also no denying that his formula for success was . . . unusual.
Alex Speier
03/01/2011 - 2:57am
The questions about the Red Sox rotation abound.
Alex Speier
02/23/2011 - 9:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Thwack. It is a familiar sound, so common in spring training that it barely registers. Thwack.
Alex Speier
02/21/2011 - 3:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Andrew Miller is in this position because he chose to be. In that, the 25-year-old is unique.
Alex Speier
02/19/2011 - 9:50pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – As he got comfortable in his locker at the Red Sox’ Player Development Complex on Saturday, J.D. Drew faced a mix of questions about the coming year and beyond.
Alex Speier
02/19/2011 - 7:20am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Red Sox minor leaguers have about 142 million new reasons to listen to one of their instructors.
Alex Speier
02/17/2011 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It is almost surely just a hypothetical exercise.
Alex Speier
02/14/2011 - 2:37am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It is spring training, and the Red Sox clubhouse is crammed.
Alex Speier
02/12/2011 - 12:48am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – This is not the first time that Dustin Pedroia has attempted to return from a major, immobilizing injury.
Alex Speier
02/11/2011 - 2:53am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — For most of the offseason, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford assumed primacy in the rapidly escalating expectations for the Red Sox. Those two provided answers to team needs.
Alex Speier
02/09/2011 - 5:15am
Will quality beget quantity?
Alex Speier
02/04/2011 - 8:31am
For most Red Sox starters, the offseason focus has been on getting in shape and preparing themselves physically for the coming year. The winter has been a diligent exercise in going through the motions to be in shape for 2011. But for one player, it has been different — and will continue to be.
Alex Speier
02/01/2011 - 2:58am
It has been an offseason in which the pendulum swung in dramatic fashion.
Alex Speier
01/22/2011 - 12:06pm
Thought Carl Crawford was expensive? Consider the alternative – something that led the Angels to one of the more shocking moves in recent memory.
Alex Speier
01/20/2011 - 4:00am
Alex Speier
01/15/2011 - 9:15am
First things first: It’s an enviable dilemma.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Red Sox Review with Chris…

Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand 5-22-16

Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.

David Ortiz Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.

Torey Lovullo, Red Sox Bench Coach, sits down with Mike Giardi and Rob Bradford live at Fenway Park -- 5-22-16

Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

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.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

Jim Polito hangs up on us…

Jim Polito hangs up on us, 5-24-16

Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.

Turtleboy on Auburn cop killer case, 5-24-16

Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines--Masterbating to celebrities, Cosby, Kevin Paul Dupont

The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.

Jackie MacMullan talks Ce…

Jackie MacMullan talks Celtics draft hopefuls with Ordway, Merloni and Fauria 5-24-16

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.

The Red Sox have built an unbelievable young core 5-24-16

There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.

Kevin Love gets benched as the Raptors tie the series again LeBron and the Cavs 5-24-16

Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.

Michael McCann - Odds are…

Michael McCann - Odds are low that NFLPA/Brady's latest legal petition will be successful

We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.

Michael Holley won't eat crow on Joe Kelly (yet)

We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.

Celtics options with the #3 pick creates great debate among fans, plus NBA semis talk

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.

Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 …

Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 5-23-16

Hour 4 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.

Planet Mikey Show Hour 3 5-23-16

Hour 3 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand

Planet Mike Show Hour 2 5-23-16

Hour 2 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand

Teeing Off With Ben and N…

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. The Olympics

This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.

It Is What It Is Cast - Chris Price talks to Phil Perry about Tom Brady & the latest Deflategate news

In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.

Sports Check Up – Ep.1: Christian Fauria and Dr. Thomas Gill discuss recent Red Sox injuries

Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.

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Kirk goes on a rant, orders Gerry's mic shut off, 5-23-16

Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.

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