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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
06/02/2010 - 4:00am
Entering the 2010 season, several Red Sox players were viewed as potential engines for the offense.
Alex Speier
06/01/2010 - 4:00am
Through the early paces of 2010, it has been a different sort of season in the Red Sox farm system.
Alex Speier
05/30/2010 - 3:44am
In South Florida, history was happening.
Alex Speier
05/28/2010 - 5:00am
Daisuke Matsuzaka is now more than halfway through the six-year deal that he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2007 season. And yet, somehow, he remains the source of absolute befuddlement.
Alex Speier
05/24/2010 - 4:47am
It was defined as a potentially pivotal portion of the season. The Red Sox were staring down the barrel of one of their most challenging stretches of 2010, facing a run of five straight teams that had emerged as early postseason contenders.
Alex Speier
05/22/2010 - 11:01am
Those looking for reassurance amidst John Lackey's struggles need not look far.   In 2009, Lackey had a 2-3 record and 5.06 ERA (nearly identical to his 2010 mark) through his first nine starts. Opponents were hitting .317/.371/.462/.832 against him.
Alex Speier
05/21/2010 - 4:18am
Perhaps this is the week that will be viewed as the turning point of the season for the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
05/20/2010 - 4:00am
On the two-year anniversary of Jon Lester’s no-hitter, Clay Buchholz paid appropriate homage to his teammate’s accomplishment.
Alex Speier
05/17/2010 - 2:38am
You might have heard something about the Red Sox’ run prevention blueprint this offseason. Thus far, it is failing in startling fashion.
Alex Speier
05/15/2010 - 5:54am
During spring training, one American League executive took stock of the growing interest in run prevention. He noted that it represented less a sea change in the game than an ongoing quest for bang for the buck.
Alex Speier
05/13/2010 - 3:00am
Day after day during the Red Sox’ 10-game homestand, the image would be repeated.
Alex Speier
05/12/2010 - 3:58am
The question was meant to be harmless, amidst a slew of other inquiries about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s outstanding outing.
Alex Speier
05/11/2010 - 4:44am
A year ago, the Red Sox’ season came to an abrupt halt because Jonathan Papelbon could throw just one pitch for a strike, and the Angels knew it. Papelbon lost his postseason air of invincibility when he blew a save against the Halos, getting hit hard en route to a three-run yield. The Angels sat on nothing but fastballs, and Papelbon complied.
Alex Speier
05/08/2010 - 4:00am
Josh Beckett could not recall an outing like it in his career. Nor could pitching coach John Farrell conjure such a meltdown by a pitcher with whom he has worked for four seasons.
Alex Speier
05/06/2010 - 3:43am
After 1,000 games as the Red Sox manager, one would think that there would be little to learn about Terry Francona. Apparently, that assumption is flawed.
Alex Speier
05/04/2010 - 4:38am
The spots were supposed to represent the heart of the Red Sox lineup, the segment of hitters whom opposing pitchers would dread facing the most.
Alex Speier
05/03/2010 - 6:00am
If the Red Sox now hope to leave their troubles behind and to vault themselves into contention, they will have to do so the hard way.
Alex Speier
05/01/2010 - 6:15am
Perhaps no player better epitomized the Red Sox’ first month than Adrian Beltre, a notion that received a final demonstration in the final contest of an April that the Sox concluded with a losing (11-12) record.
Alex Speier
04/21/2010 - 3:27am
Long before he inked his name in Red Sox historical annals for his starring role in a 7-6 walkoff win over the Rangers, Darnell McDonald had a memorable Fenway experience, and it had nothi
Alex Speier
04/20/2010 - 2:00am
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
Alex Speier
04/19/2010 - 1:00am
It was a day when the Red Sox played like a deeply flawed team.
Alex Speier
04/17/2010 - 3:56am
The conclusion seemed natural.
Alex Speier
04/16/2010 - 3:36am
The season may be too young to jump to conclusions about individual players, but it is not too soon to be reminded that 25 players aren’t enough to propel a team through a 162-game schedule.
Alex Speier
04/14/2010 - 3:08am
WARNING: All of the numbers presented here are absurdly skewed by virtue of the incredibly short sample.
Alex Speier
04/13/2010 - 2:21am
The questions, naturally, were about Jon Lester. How to explain the left-hander’s command struggles? Why does it always seem as if he is the victim of the seeing-eye, bad-luck hits? Why was is he off to another sputtering start in April?


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K&C with Tim Hasselbeck o…

K&C with Tim Hasselbeck on Brady, Jimmy G and young NFL QBs 9-26-16

Kirk and Callahan with Mut welcome Patriots Monday guest Tim Hasselbeck to talk NFL QBs including the Brady / Jimmy G situation.

NFL SUNDAY -- Tanguay, Price and Curran discuss being apart of the media that covers the New England Patriots -- 9-25-16

The boys get into the media and how they cover the Pats. It's not always easy covering Belichick and a team that will not give any substance to reporters, but things could be worse.

NFL SUNDAY -- Tanguay, Price and Curran talk about the upcoming week for the Pats and how they will approach the QB position -- 9-25-16

The guys discuss the upcoming week for the Patriots with the Bills coming to town.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Christian Vazquez Player …

Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.

David Ortiz Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays

9-22 Red Sox Revieww/ Mut

In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.

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ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

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.

K&C - A New Yorker ripped…

K&C - A New Yorker ripped Big Papi and Kirk is pissed at Curtis 9-26-16

Mut, Gerry and Kirk discussed a column ripping Ortiz and Kirk is pissed at Curtis.

K&C - Tom Brady trade talk and Headlines with Kirk on tonight's debate 9-26-16

Tom Brady trade talk and headlines with Kirk goes into the unique odds for tonight's debate.

K&C with Tim Hasselbeck on Brady, Jimmy G and young NFL QBs 9-26-16

Kirk and Callahan with Mut welcome Patriots Monday guest Tim Hasselbeck to talk NFL QBs including the Brady / Jimmy G situation.

Duron Harmon joins OMF to…

Duron Harmon joins OMF to talk about the Gameplan against the Texans, and the team's mentality at 3-0, 9-23-16

Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.

Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk talks Garoppolo over Brady, and Rex Ryan's future, 9-23-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.

Is the AL East all but wrapped up? 9-23-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.

Michael Irvin - don't eve…

Michael Irvin - don't ever catch me picking against Belichick again

We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.

Pats shock us all with a 27-0 win with 3rd string quarterback - complete analysis

Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Belichick Evil Genius Edition 09-25-16

We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.

Ep. 33: Chad Finn, Boston…

Ep. 33: Chad Finn, Boston Globe

Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.

Ep. 32: Gerry Callahan Morning Show Update

Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.

Ep. 31: Alan Sepinwall TV Critic

Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.

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Sports Check up - Ep. 5: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill discuss the Red Sox health

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Andrew Benintendi's knee sprain and what that will mean going down the stretch, David Ortiz's ability to keep himself healthy at age 40, and how Pablo Sandoval can return from his season off.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Podcast – Friday 9/23

After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.

The K&C Recap Show podcast - Minihane derails it, lays into Chris Curtis 9-22-16

Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.

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