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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
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.
Alex Speier
08/21/2010 - 8:38am
LOWELL – Though Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are unlikely to throw a pitch for the Lowell Spinners, they have already presented the minor league club with an unprecedented challenge.
Alex Speier
08/20/2010 - 3:20am
It’s no longer a first-half aberration.
Alex Speier
08/17/2010 - 9:25am
The coup de grace came about three minutes before midnight. That was when the final piece, arguably the big kahuna of the Red Sox' 2010 draft class, was reeled in.
Alex Speier
08/16/2010 - 4:02am
In some ways, Daisuke Matsuzaka was defeated on Sunday afternoon by an enemy of his own creation. In 2007, C.J.
Alex Speier
08/14/2010 - 8:58am
Whatever happens to the Red Sox this season, the story of 2010 will revolve around the incredible and seemingly endless run of injuries that the team has suffered.
Alex Speier
08/08/2010 - 8:02am
NEW YORK – The conversation with a pitcher who is under contract for $82.5 million revolved around pocket change.
Alex Speier
08/08/2010 - 6:00am
The Red Sox’ injuries this year have been staggering, the cost to a season almost incalculable.
Alex Speier
08/07/2010 - 7:02am
NEW YORK – This was not exactly the ringing endorsement that members of the Red Sox wanted to hear. Perhaps it was tongue in cheek. Or perhaps it was a simple acknowledgement of mathematical reality that should not have been noteworthy.
Alex Speier
08/04/2010 - 7:12am
At the end of a night when he clubbed the first big league pitch that he had seen in six weeks over the Green Monster for a two-run home run, it seemed obvious. It had worked out for the best for everyone that Mike Lowell had stayed in Boston.
Alex Speier
08/03/2010 - 9:33am
It was a night when the best his manager could muster was sympathy rather than a defense.
Alex Speier
08/02/2010 - 2:14pm
As of now, according to a baseball source, a resolution of the Mike Lowell situation is not expected today, but in the next day or two, some determination about how to proceed with the corner infielder seems likely.
Alex Speier
08/02/2010 - 5:00am
In Ryan Kalish's senior year of high school, most teams had resigned themselves to the idea that they were evaluating him not for the 2006 draft but instead for 2009.
Alex Speier
08/01/2010 - 3:04am
In 2005, the Red Sox bullpen was in a state of crisis.
Alex Speier
07/31/2010 - 5:18am
With the time to the trade deadline now measured in hours and minutes, the Red Sox occupy the awkward middle ground between status as contenders and pretenders. And with that comes a veritable roller coaster of emotions.
Alex Speier
07/28/2010 - 6:34am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Red Sox paid John Lackey top-of-the-rotation money this offseason. Now, it appears that he is ready to earn it.
Alex Speier
07/27/2010 - 5:08am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was several hours before the start of Monday’s game, and David Ortiz’s eyes suddenly widened.
Alex Speier
07/25/2010 - 7:58am
Help has arrived, with more on the way for the Red Sox. But will it have arrived in time?
Alex Speier
07/24/2010 - 4:03pm
It has been an important stretch in Bill Hall’s career.
Alex Speier
07/23/2010 - 6:11am
They refuse to be left for dead.
Alex Speier
07/21/2010 - 7:34am
One of the biggest Red Sox strengths over the first three months of the season has become a pronounced weakness in July.
Alex Speier
07/20/2010 - 5:50am
It has become popular sport for New Englanders to throw their hands in the air and pronounce how absurd it is to try to predict what will happen with the mysterious Daisuke Matsuzaka. His performance on Monday night will do little to silence those who have already given up on him.
Alex Speier
07/15/2010 - 9:53am
The Red Sox managed to withstand a plague of first-half injuries and emerge not only in contention but with the top-scoring offense in the majors. And for that, third baseman Adrian Beltre has been pivotal.


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NFL Sunday with Butch Ste…

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.

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- Discussing the Pats performance in Carolina, the Develin injury and the running back depth chart - 8-30-15

Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.

It Is What It Is Cast: Reggie Wayne makes his practice debut with Patriots

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

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.

Foreshadowing Pats Openin…

Foreshadowing Pats Opening Night, 8-28-15

The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.

Previewing the Pats dress rehearsal, 8-28-15

On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.

Three For All - Barkley sends shots at agent, Emotional pre-game speech & a Gruden is fat, 8-28-15

The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.

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.

Fantasy Football Podcast …

Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

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

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

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.

Lester Munson is a fraud!…

Lester Munson is a fraud! 8-21-15

Dale, Thornton and Dickerson discuss and find many problems with Lester Munson and his latest article.

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Don Orsillo is out at NES…

Don Orsillo is out at NESN 8-25-15

The guys discussed the news surrounding the Sox play by play announcer.

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Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

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Sean McDonough on the fir…

Sean McDonough on the firing of Don Orsillo. 8-27-15

Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.

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Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

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