Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Alex Speier » Alex Speier Archive
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.

 
COLUMNS
Alex Speier
06/10/2014 - 7:08am
BALTIMORE -- For the Red Sox rotation, the present is a question mark and an even more uncertain future looms. 
Alex Speier
06/07/2014 - 6:41am
Forget the absurd trade scenarios. Forget the Dodgers' bad contracts. Forget Mike Stanton. Forget acquiring Mike Trout in exchange for a pair of prospects. 
Alex Speier
06/06/2014 - 7:53am
This is what it means to go for upside. 
Alex Speier
06/05/2014 - 8:20am
How big a deal is the amateur draft? Ask Stephen Drew. 
Alex Speier
06/03/2014 - 12:52am
And so, the shuffle continued, a new wrinkle in a season that has upended the stable managing environment in which John Farrell helped to steward the Red Sox to a championship in 2013. 
Alex Speier
06/01/2014 - 6:59am
There has never been a question about the raw materials that Rubby De La Rosa possesses, about the capability to deliver the sort of performances like he did on Saturday night when he fired seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in leading the Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Rays.
Alex Speier
05/30/2014 - 6:43am
These are the first glimpses of potential greatness. We do not know what Xander Bogaerts will become. There are no certainties when it comes to phenoms who storm the baseball landscape. The line of prospects who never lived up to the glimpses of boundless early-career potential is long. 
Alex Speier
05/29/2014 - 7:04am
Vivid 10-year-old memories flooded Fenway Park on Wednesday, the reunion of the 2004 Red Sox championship team conjuring thoughts of games and moments within games that still seemed as if they just ended.
Alex Speier
05/23/2014 - 5:58am
It is a time of painful uncertainty in the career of Will Middlebrooks. 
Alex Speier
05/22/2014 - 7:03am
There's a tendency to view Clay Buchholz's struggles this year as unfathomable, unimaginable given what he's done in his career. The reality is that what the Red Sox have seen thus far in 2014 is very familiar. 
Alex Speier
05/21/2014 - 8:16am
It is not merely a position but an identity. And so it was that the news that the Red Sox had re-signed Stephen Drew crashed down upon Xander Bogaerts like a ton of bricks.
Alex Speier
05/20/2014 - 11:20pm
Despite their early-season struggles, the Red Sox had received a measure of stability from at least one corner of their team. Through 44 games (including Tuesday night's 7-4 shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays), the team had employed only five starters throughout the entirety of the year. 
Alex Speier
05/20/2014 - 7:31am
In the winter after 2012, the Red Sox rolled seven after seven in the construction of their team.
Alex Speier
05/18/2014 - 12:45am
The good news for the Red Sox is that one out of every three games, they've been as good as nearly any team in the American League.
Alex Speier
05/17/2014 - 6:53am
The Red Sox understood that when they committed to youth, to a lineup featuring three players who are 25 years old or younger, that they would be vulnerable to more pronounced peaks and valleys than might have typified their lineup a year ago. That, the team felt, was worth the upside.
Alex Speier
05/15/2014 - 9:16am
Woe betide the team that crosses David Ortiz. The man appears to hold a grudge. 
Alex Speier
05/13/2014 - 1:34am
It has been nearly 10 years since Craig Breslow stood prepared to give up the diversion of baseball in pursuit of something higher-minded. 
Alex Speier
05/09/2014 - 7:18am
When the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli away from the Rangers following the 2012 season, there was little complexity about his profile. The man could mash.  As for the finer points of the game? Whatever. 
Alex Speier
05/07/2014 - 1:04am
As Red Sox teammates swarmed Grady Sizemore at second base following his first walk-off hit in eight seasons, the alternate reality was impossible to ignore. 
Alex Speier
05/05/2014 - 6:36am
In a different world, might Sonny Gray's trip to the mound at Fenway on Sunday have been as a member of the Red Sox as opposed to against them as a member of the A's? Such a scenario very easily could have come to pass. 
Alex Speier
05/03/2014 - 12:57am
Long ago, before the birth of the Laser Show, there were nonetheless hints that there was something . . . different about the way that the ball came off of Dustin Pedroia's bat. 
Alex Speier
05/02/2014 - 6:33am
It is hard to imagine a more dispiriting circumstance than getting swept in a doubleheader.
Alex Speier
04/29/2014 - 7:40am
He anticipates the question before it is asked. But he doesn't know the answer. 
Alex Speier
04/25/2014 - 7:02am
This is what it means to live through player development at the major league level. This is what it means to have young players at key positions who are making their transitions, rather than established veterans who represent known quantities. 
Alex Speier
04/23/2014 - 7:09am
There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion.


Audio On Demand

NFL Network's Heath Evans…

NFL Network's Heath Evans with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater on Patriots Monday

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah …

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul, and it's time for the Celtics to fill their biggest need 12-20-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' injury and keeping Marcus Smart in control 12-13-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.

Celtics Podcast – Bad finish against the Rockets and love for DeMarcus Cousins 12-6-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - Reacting to John Farrell's interview and Red Sox starting pitching depth

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.

John Farrell on the Hot Stove Show - Red Sox third base situation, and the WBC

Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's K…

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson talk Bruins and the state of Claude Julien's tenure in Boston -- 1-8-16

Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.

Saturday Skate - Khudobin to blame? Julien hot seat? Landeskog trade? 12-17-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.

K&C- Aaron Rodgers is bet…

K&C- Aaron Rodgers is better than most HOF quarterbacks; Lucy ranked the Patriots’ wives and girlfriends 1-17-17

Hour 4. Fauria is wrong about Rodgers. Lucy ranked the wives and girlfriends of Patriots players and Trenni isn't happy about it.

K&C- Aaron Rodgers hates his family; Trenni's dream man 1-17-17

Hour 3. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get along with his family. Trenni's dream man in the Boston media is revealed.

K&C- Trenni thinks Twitter was mean to Charlotte Wilder; Headlines with Kirk 1-17-17

Hour 2. Trenni defends Charlotte Wilder against the evil people on Twitter. Headlines with Kirk.

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on…

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on his way to being in the same ranks as Tom Brady? 1-17-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers, who has been on fire to close out the season, and how he compares to Tom Brady and the rest of the top quarterbacks of all time.

OMF - Patriots and Steelers players react to Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video 1-17-17

Everyone's talking about Antonio Brown live-streaming the Steelers team's post game speech after their win over the Chiefs. We hear from Edelman, Hightower, Brady and a few Steelers.

OMF - Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger address Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video 1-17-17

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger both spoke to the media today, and each of them address Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video that called the Patriots a-holes.

Patriots hold off Texans,…

Patriots hold off Texans, prepare for AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take you in the lockerroom live

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe discuss the tough-fought win over the Texans, and begin talking Steelers, who the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take their lockerroom live to the fans and Facebook.

Bill Belichick - We're focused on the AFC Championship, not social media policies

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Matthew Slater - we're looking forward to the big opportunity in front of us

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater checks in with Holley and Keefe to review the win over the Texans and to preview the AFC Championship with the Steelers coming to Foxboro.

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Pe…

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Penn State Scandal

Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.

Ep. 47: Sean Leahy, Boston Herald sports editor

Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.

Enough About Me Ep. 46: Kevin McHale

Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.

The Real K&C - Dot Com Ce…

The Real K&C - Dot Com Censors, She Bangs & Buzz Words 1-17-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis get back to post-show work with a Trenni Tuesday recap.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Celtics Podcast - What do the Celtics need to do to contend?

Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.

K&C- Tom Brady on the Tex…

K&C- Tom Brady on the Texans, Steelers, being a vegan, and his feelings on Goodell visiting New England 1-16-17

Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.

More from this show

Bill Belichick - We're fo…

Bill Belichick - We're focused on the AFC Championship, not social media policies

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

More from this show

K&C- Kirk is picking Pitt…

K&C- Kirk is picking Pittsburgh; Brock was horrible 1-16-17

Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.

More from this show

K&C- Tim Hasselbeck joins…

OMF - Dont'a Hightower on…

OMF - Dont'a Hightower on Mike Tomlin's comments, "Is that supposed to hurt my feelings?" 1-16-17

Patriots linebacker joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about the win over the Texans, the upcoming AFCCG against the Steelers and responds to the comments Mike Tomlin made that were recorded on Antonio Brown's Facebook Live.

More from this show

News & Analysis