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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
10/14/2013 - 7:28am
It had been nine years since David Ortiz turned the 2004 postseason into an unprecedented and unforgettable assertion of October greatness, an autumn statement so dramatic that it still resonates now. Yet the idea of the Red Sox DH as an embodiment of October excellence, particularly in pivotal late-game situations, was just that -- an idea or memory, rather than a recent reality.
Alex Speier
10/13/2013 - 8:27am
Not bad for a third starter.
Alex Speier
10/12/2013 - 7:50am
They have taken two very different paths to reach the same point. 
Alex Speier
10/09/2013 - 5:56am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A year ago, it would have been unfathomable to think of Xander Bogaerts negotiating the walk that Rays manager Joe Maddon proclaimed the "tipping point" in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. 
Alex Speier
10/08/2013 - 6:10am
  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This is how it works. 
Alex Speier
10/07/2013 - 11:47am
In early 2010, Torey Lovullo worried that Daniel Nava might be vulnerable to vertigo. The concern wasn't medical. Instead, it related to the idea that Nava, after sprinting up Kilimanjaro with his head down, focused only on each successive step in front of him, might suddenly look up, look around and become light-headed at the reality of his altitude. 
Alex Speier
10/06/2013 - 4:00am
There are times when greatness becomes so familiar that it is difficult to appreciate. Sustained excellence over a significant period of time should have the effect of amplifying the sense of accomplishment. Often, however, it does precisely the opposite, rendering the extraordinary mundane.  But make no mistake: What David Ortiz is doing is nothing short of extraordinary. 
Alex Speier
10/02/2013 - 2:11am
  Without the scorched earth of Bobby Valentine and 2012, the revitalization of the Red Sox in 2013 may not have been possible. 
Alex Speier
10/01/2013 - 7:47am
There are still decisions to be made.
Alex Speier
09/29/2013 - 2:09am
BALTIMORE -- Over a six-month period, the Red Sox can say they've outplayed everyone in baseball. 
Alex Speier
09/28/2013 - 9:03am
BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz had an air of dissatisfaction after his fourth and final start since returning from the disabled list. 
Alex Speier
09/26/2013 - 8:03am
He's back. It's back.
Alex Speier
09/23/2013 - 3:39pm
"The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" So, The Bridge. 
Alex Speier
09/22/2013 - 9:55am
  The American League East champion Red Sox know that they've clinched, but the team still remains an unfinished product as it closes out the regular season and prepares for the American League Division Series. Foremost the team must confront the looming uncertainty about the state of its bullpen.
Alex Speier
09/21/2013 - 8:14am
They didn't think it was impossible, but certainly, they didn't expect this.  Better? Yes. A contender? Possibly. The postseason? Couldn't be ruled out.  Still. 
Alex Speier
09/20/2013 - 7:57am
"The remake of John Lackey both physically and getting back on the mound and performing as he’s done all year, mirrors that of this team.
Alex Speier
09/16/2013 - 7:39am
  It became easy to forget during what seemed like an interminable three months on the disabled list: There may be no one in baseball capable of doing what Clay Buchholz is doing. 
Alex Speier
09/14/2013 - 7:53am
Friday marked a take-a-bow occasion for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox catcher who, at 28, appears to be coming into his own.
Alex Speier
09/13/2013 - 10:04am
Thursday represented a landmark in the season of Mike Napoli even before he stepped on the field. 
Alex Speier
09/09/2013 - 4:21am
  NEW YORK -- It's bigger-picture time. 


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