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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
04/10/2010 - 3:54am
The issue is not simply that Daniel Bard suffered the loss. The issue is that Daniel Bard was once again asked to pitch.
Alex Speier
04/09/2010 - 11:59am
Drake Britton knew immediately that something had gone seriously wrong. The left-hander was pitching for Lowell in August 2008 when he threw a career-altering changeup. “A sharp pain went up,” Britton recounted, “and I knew it was serious.”
Alex Speier
04/08/2010 - 11:44am
So there they were, again.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 12:03pm
It is Game 3 of the season, a time when teams that are making a first spin through the rotation typically expect a downgrade from “front of the rotation” starter to “mid-rotation guy.” There is supposed to be an appreciable decline in quality.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 4:18am
It is a relatively trivial matter that David Ortiz is hitless this year. The first two games of the season amount to a relatively meaningless stretch of time during which is it all but impossible to draw any accurate conclusions about a player.  
Alex Speier
04/05/2010 - 5:49am
During spring training, one American League talent evaluator reflected on the notion that the Red Sox were destined to suffer an offensive decline after seeing Jason Bay leave for the Mets.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 2:37pm
Stephen Strasburg is starting the year in the minor leagues.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 11:22am
LOU MERLONI
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 3:57am
Our panel of Lou Merloni, Dale Arnold, Rob Bradford, Kirk Minihane, Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier peers fearlessly into the crystal ball in an attempt to see the future of the Red Sox' 2010 Opening Day roster.
Alex Speier
04/01/2010 - 8:06am
In one sense, the idea that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are closing on a contract extension that would keep the Opening Day starter in Boston for four more years is unsurprising.
Alex Speier
03/28/2010 - 3:03am
Thus far this spring, the reviews of Daniel Bard’s changeup have been uniformly positive. The pitch, which he hopes will help him neutralize left-handers, could prove a difference maker.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 7:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey seemed to shrug off the home run that he allowed in a minor league camp game to Daniel Nava on Monday. He was, after all, just getting his work in, building up his pitch count towards the start of the regular season.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 6:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a rough day of work for Clay Buchholz that included a return of a bad habit. Now, what remains to be seen is whether the pitcher’s lapse was temporary, or whether it could be somewhat more ominous.
Alex Speier
03/23/2010 - 6:27am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Carl Crawford needs little time to react.
Alex Speier
03/22/2010 - 3:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The elements in Fort Myers conspired against Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday, with repercussions beyond a single bad day at the office.  
Alex Speier
03/20/2010 - 8:33am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Ordinarily, deals that involve the movement of superstars in exchange for prospects require years to analyze.
Alex Speier
03/19/2010 - 2:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – He has become the best player on a team that is typically one of the best in the game. His numbers rival those of nearly anyone in the game, putting him on the short list for the American League MVP Award in two straight years.  
Alex Speier
03/18/2010 - 11:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In most cases, the work of veteran relievers in spring training games represents little more than an exercise in going through the motions and building up arm strength towards the season.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 7:00am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Add one more to the ranks of both Red Sox pitching prospects and rotation options.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 1:43am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – It was a long, anxious day on which baseball seemed nearly irrelevant.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 7:06pm
UPDATE: The Red Sox issued the following statement on Tuesday night about outfielder Ryan Westmoreland's surgery:
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 10:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Madison Younginer did not hide his divided loyalties.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 2:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Thus arrived the first day of the rest of Mike Lowell’s career.
Alex Speier
03/15/2010 - 12:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – When the Red Sox talked to Jacoby Ellsbury about moving to left field for the 2010 season, the team wanted to make clear to the 26-year-old that it wasn’t a demotion.
Alex Speier
03/07/2010 - 11:04am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Michael Bowden’s entry into Saturday’s game waited on John Lackey to finish his outing, as the young right-hander was left to piggyback the Red Sox’ star offseason pitching addition. There was something apt about that structure, since Bowden’s big league future also may have been delayed by the arrival of the former Angels star.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

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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.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

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.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder and home run machine, Mookie Betts, after Mookie's three home run game propels the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 6-2.

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-30-16

Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

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.

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts …

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts baseball's best hitter? 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East

D&C - ESPN's Howard Bryant chilled by patriotism at ballparks

Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?

D&C - Harambe the gorilla, citizen of Cincinnati, killed 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?

Eduardo Rodriguez starts …

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the first time in 2016 5-31-16

ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.

Ordway, Merloni and Fauria give their NBA finals predictions 5-31-16

The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.

Howard Bryant is upset with sports teams honoring veterans and police 5-31-16

ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.

JBJ out on 3-day paternit…

JBJ out on 3-day paternity leave... and a debate broke out

We discuss Jackie Bradley's leave of absence to be with his wife for the birth of his first child, and that drums up the old caveman debate about whether men should miss work while their wives give birth.

Can the bullpen help Clay Buchholz get himself right?

We discuss the frustration of Clay Buchholz in moving to the pen, and whether or not this is the right move not only for him but for the Sox as a whole.

Choklahoma City? Epic comeback or epic collapse in the NBA Western Finals?

We discuss the ending of the Western Conference finals, and also look ahead to KD's plans and the NBA Finals match-up.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Graig Murphy 2

Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.

SoccerCast - Champions League Final Preview

Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.

Enough About Me - Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter…

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter - Do Kevin Durant's struggles in Games 5 & 6 change your opinion of him? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?

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