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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
10/07/2010 - 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.
Alex Speier
08/28/2010 - 3:50am
Darnell McDonald's unlikely season added another image to the highlight reel on Friday. With the Red Sox clinging to a 2-1 lead against the Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning, a Jason Bartlett single with burner B.J.
Alex Speier
08/26/2010 - 7:52am
John Wetteland has seen it before. He knows how valuable it is, and he knows how it likely ends.
Alex Speier
08/25/2010 - 5:25am
It was a fascinating idea that never became a reality.
Alex Speier
08/23/2010 - 3:19am
It has been nearly two years since his own likeness represented the career low point for Clay Buchholz.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Gr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Peter King of MMQB with Dale and Holley

We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

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.

Christian Vazquez with Jo…

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers GM, Joins the Trade Deadline Show, 7-24-14

Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.

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

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Dogs understand everything 7-25-14

The stories of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane

Roger Goodell lets Ray Rice off easy 7-25-14

Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network…

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Drug Abuse ve. Domestic Violence: Fair Comparison, 7-25-14

Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.

Gronk being Gronk: Althou…

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

NFL setting a strange precedent by only suspending Raven's RB Ray Rice for 2 games

We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Dumbass Fan Behavior Edition - 7-25-14

We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

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.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

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Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Ian Browne reflects on 10th anniversary of Red Sox-Yankees brawl

A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.

Fantasy Football Podcast July 24th Edition

With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

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7-26-14

7-26-14

John Rooke and Scott Cordischi take your calls on the decline of the Red Sox season, contract talks with Lester, the return of football season with NE Patriots and this weeks 3 Things.

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Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.

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The return of Kirk Minihane.

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