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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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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.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

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5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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.

Gary Tanguay is in for D&…

Gary Tanguay is in for D&C & the show goes off the rails quickly 5-4-16

Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane start the program without Dennis and Callahan. Gary quickly ticks off Kirk by leading the show in too many directions. The guys settle in talking about Ted Cruz pulling out of the GOP race and Donald Trump's chances to win the presidency.

Headlines - Transgender flag flies at City Hall, 5-3-16

Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.

19 year old football player facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, 5-3-16

A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.

Sox fans think the guys s…

Sox fans think the guys should leave Hanley alone! 5-3-16

Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.

Pablo Sandoval could miss the whole year due to shoulder surgery 5-3-16

Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?

Why has David Price been struggling? 5-3-16

The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.

Pablo Sandoval has surger…

Pablo Sandoval has surgery, done for the season, but may still eventually bring value to the Red Sox

We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.

NBA Refs may have cost the Spurs a game - plus which league has the best officiating

We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 5-03-16

We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3…

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. Wells Fargo Championship Preview

This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

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