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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
04/22/2014 - 7:34am
There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. 
Alex Speier
04/19/2014 - 1:33am
The Red Sox offense remains mired in a profound slump. Yet that doesn't mean the team shouldn't be able to win. 
Alex Speier
04/15/2014 - 7:23am
This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. 
Alex Speier
04/14/2014 - 7:45am
The Red Sox would much rather leave the 2010 yearbook on the shelves, unopened.
Alex Speier
04/09/2014 - 7:40am
In spring training, it was an either/or. That's not necessarily the case anymore. The time may be coming when we see Shane Victorino and Grady Sizemore flanking Jackie Bradley Jr.  
Alex Speier
04/08/2014 - 8:14am
Most kids daydreamed in their backyards about hitting baseballs impossibly far. Jackie Bradley Jr. spent his formative baseball years intent on running impossibly far to catch them. 
Alex Speier
04/07/2014 - 7:16am
Unfamiliar adversity has come early.  It took all of one week for the Red Sox to find themselves in the sort of uncomfortable position that rarely characterized their 2013 title march. A year ago, the team used a strong start as a springboard to a methodical steamrolling through the season. 
Alex Speier
04/05/2014 - 6:44am
For years, the Red Sox have tried to feature a bullpen with multiple experienced closers in order to ensure nightly length and structure for their bullpen. And for years, they've struggled in that undertaking.
Alex Speier
04/02/2014 - 4:17am
BALTIMORE -- Miraculous? The term seems a bit too strong -- but only a bit. 
Alex Speier
04/01/2014 - 6:20am
BALTIMORE -- Yes, Jon Lester took the loss on Opening Day in the Red Sox' 2-1 defeat, but he looked very much like the pitcher whom the Red Sox want and need him to
Alex Speier
03/31/2014 - 10:00am
BALTIMORE -- The maturity of Xander Bogaerts, his evident comfort in the spotlight, is so compelling that it is sometimes easy to forget how quickly his baseball career is taking shape. But as he prepared for his first Opening Day in the big leagues, the 21-year-old remained mindful of his path.
Alex Speier
03/30/2014 - 9:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There had been other times in his baseball career when Will Middlebrooks couldn't see what others could. But never before had that notion been so literal. 
Alex Speier
03/29/2014 - 1:31am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Not everyone is surprised by what Grady Sizemore is doing. 
Alex Speier
03/28/2014 - 1:37pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Grady Sizemore, good baseball news had been a rarity over the last five years.
Alex Speier
03/27/2014 - 7:34am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is what a baseball player should look like.
Alex Speier
03/26/2014 - 7:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The year after: It can be an ugly place. 
Alex Speier
03/25/2014 - 6:17am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- That David Ortiz will finish his career with the Red Sox now seems virtually assured. The same is true of Dustin Pedroia.
Alex Speier
03/22/2014 - 8:15am
Life on the mound may not begin at 30 for Jon Lester, but the left-hander has no intention of letting it end at this phase of his career. 
Alex Speier
03/19/2014 - 6:00am
Has too little been made of the challenge the Red Sox face in trying to replace Jacoby Ellsbury and fellow departed free agents Jarrod Saltalamacchia an
Alex Speier
03/16/2014 - 9:12am
Will Middlebrooks appears to have diagnosed the problem. But does that mean that a solution is within reach?
Alex Speier
03/11/2014 - 7:30am
To switch-hit or not? Even on a day when he played his first game of 2014, batting exclusively from the right side, Shane Victorino wasn't ready to answer the question. 
Alex Speier
03/02/2014 - 9:31am
Of all the soundtracks that have greeted a reliever on the commute from the bullpen to the mound, it's safe to suggest that the Freakonomics podcast has never been employed. Though an unabashed fan of the series, new Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop is unlikely to buck that trend.
Alex Speier
02/27/2014 - 6:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the shape of the Red Sox roster seems largely settled, there are some players with quite a bit at stake with spring training games ready to get underway. 
Alex Speier
02/25/2014 - 7:45am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Forget for a second what you think you know about Felix Doubront and focus instead on what is fact. Here's the profile: -- He's had health problems that have limited him on the mound to about 160 innings in each of the last two years.
Alex Speier
02/24/2014 - 7:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dalier Hinojosa welcomes the request. "Good -- finally. My first interview," he says with a laugh in Spanish. "The first of many."  His is a story worth telling. ---


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NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giar…

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- How does the deal that Josh Norman signed effect the Patriots? -- 4-24-16

Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.

"The Superback" Danny Vitale, FB out of Northwestern, joins NFL Sunday to discuss the NFL Draft process -- 4-24-16

Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Previewing the NFL Draft and how the Patriots may approach things sans a first round pick -- 4-24-16

With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?

Game 6 and Hawks Series B…

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!

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 4 Recap/Game 5 Preview with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/25/16

The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butter…

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.

Dustin Pedroia Player of the Game interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.

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.

We might have a new produ…

We might have a new producer...Lucy 4-29-16

Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- Don't tell Kirk how to run his show 4-29-16

All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

What will the Patriots do in the draft? 4-29-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.

The Patriots finally get …

The Patriots finally get to join the NFL Draft, 4-29-16

After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.

OMF responds to Kirk's critiques, 4-29-16

Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.

Laremy Tunsil was hacked and Todd McShay was criticized for his comments, 4-29-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.

Dale and Holley's Freesty…

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Hours 3 & 4 - NFL Draft and all topics on the table

We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Brady and the PA hire a new lawyer while Goodell does an endzone dance

We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 1 - Celtics bounced by Atlanta, look ahead to building for next year

We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.

Planet Mikey Podcast - Ho…

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

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 2, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress

Butch & Tomase Podcast ta…

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

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog - 4/29/16

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.

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.

Curt Schilling responds t…

Curt Schilling responds to the outrage over his Facebook post 4-20-16

Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.

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Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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ESPN fires Curt Schilling over social media post - 4-21-16

As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.

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John Tomase defends his column on Curt Schilling 4-21-16

Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.

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