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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
02/23/2014 - 8:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Alex Speier
02/22/2014 - 8:10am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- By the time December rolled around, Mike Napoli had become not merely a first baseman but an unusual sort of civic institution. 
Alex Speier
02/21/2014 - 7:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was a Carp Day celebration with a simple message: They're doing it again. Only this time, they're doing it with the benefit of the doubt. 
Alex Speier
02/19/2014 - 8:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For years, the mention of "Red Sox ownership" has had a well-defined meaning.
Alex Speier
02/18/2014 - 6:59am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the middle of a challenging 2013 season, Will Middlebrooks suggested that he needed to find an edge. And now?  "I've found it," he said Monday. 
Alex Speier
02/17/2014 - 1:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the cusp of his 20th professional season, Ryan Dempster made a decision that was little short of stunning.
Alex Speier
02/15/2014 - 10:15pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As he prepares for life as the Red Sox' everyday shortstop, Xander Bogaerts will do so in possession of a uniform number with considerable meaning for his position. 
Alex Speier
02/15/2014 - 2:46am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For many members of the Red Sox, the beginning of spring training this year marks the start of the effort to repeat the glory of the 2013 campaign. Bryce Brentz is not among them. 
Alex Speier
02/13/2014 - 7:30am
The Derek Jeter era now has an end in sight. And so, the Yankees finally will learn about how the other half (or, more precisely, 97 percent) lives. 
Alex Speier
02/05/2014 - 9:27am
With fewer than 10 days until pitchers and catchers report, Stephen Drew remains a man without a country.
Alex Speier
01/29/2014 - 12:54pm
And so it begins. Again. 
Alex Speier
01/27/2014 - 4:50am
If there were any doubts about Jon Lester's desire to remain with the Red Sox beyond this coming season, they vanished on Thursday.
Alex Speier
01/21/2014 - 9:15am
At times, it's seemed like Ben Cherington could be the subject of an episode of "Hoarders" for the fashion in which he's clung to his inventory of upper-levels starting pitchers.
Alex Speier
01/04/2014 - 11:25am
It's not exactly breaking news to suggest that Xander Bogaerts is one of the top prospects in baseball, a potential superstar in the making of whom one evaluator recently suggested his belief that "they may end up making a statue of this guy." 
Alex Speier
12/21/2013 - 9:28am
For Kevin Youkilis, the tension between his career and family life had reached critical mass in the 2013 season. The 34-year-old felt that it was time for him to play close to home or not at all; if that meant no more baseball, so be it.
Alex Speier
12/09/2013 - 12:18pm
 
Alex Speier
12/07/2013 - 10:49am
  In baseball, what is a clubhouse culture worth? What is it worth to have players who are in a place that they want to call their home? 
Alex Speier
12/04/2013 - 2:18pm
There were times  not so long ago when the Red Sox might have looked to the free agency of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and imagined that there would be a seamless in-house transition to Ryan Lavarnway.
Alex Speier
12/03/2013 - 1:46am
Since he made the decision to forgo a scholarship to the University of Virginia as an 18-year-old in 2006, Ryan Kalish had spent every day of his professional career as a member of the Red Sox organization.


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MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig Breslow defends Tom Brady

Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview 04-23-17

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 26: Merloni, Schilling talk getting revenge

Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C - Tomase gives his bi…

K&C - Tomase gives his biggest A-Hole acceptance speech, 4-25-17

John Tomase gives his acceptance speech for winning the 2017 Kirk and Callahan NC-Double A-hole tournament.

K&C- Crazy Al and one of the worst callers ever; Arkansas death row inmates’ final demands; Tomase accepts his Biggest A-hole award 4-25-17

Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.

K&C- Cyd Ziegler joins the show, thinks it’s wrong that McPhee outed Hernandez 4-25-17

Cyd Ziegler, of Outsports, says it isn’t right to talk ab out Hernandez’s sexuality.

OMF - Magic flirts with t…

OMF - Magic flirts with tampering; Crowder for Melo?; Tomase's A-Hole speech, 2-25-17

HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Magic Johnson "tampering" with Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel, a potential Jae Crowder for Carmelo Anthony trade, Isaiah Thomas' growth as a playoff performer, and we ended the show with John Tomase's A-Hole acceptance speech.

OMF – Pedroia goes back on his word, Price Twitter issues continue, and Rondo is coming back. 4-25-17

Hour 3 - The guys review the remarks Dustin Pedroia made about siding with his teammates years ago compared to his lack of having Matt Barnes back. Lou has a stern response to David Price’s “Twitter Press Conference.” News breaks that Rondo may be able to play in game 6.

OMF – Patriots backfield, and Bart Hubbuch Deadspin Article on Kraft. 4-25-17

Hour 2 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian review at the Patriots busy backfield and debate on who will make the team, and why they didn’t value LaGarrette Blount anymore. The guys examine the Bart Hubbuch Deadspin article on Kraft being on the board of directors of private-equity Apollo Global Management, which is linked to Caesars.

Boston Globe's hit-piece …

Boston Globe's hit-piece on Brady's charitable donations has everybody talking

The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.

Sox/Yanks get rained out... final thoughts on Pedroia and David Price is back on Twitter

We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".

Keefer Madness 04-25-17

Dollar beer night in Houston!

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent,…

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

#DORK 11: Alan Moore

#DORK 11: Alan Moore

Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).

Ever-Green with Holley and Keefe Ep 3: Celtics pull even with Bulls

Keefe, Holley, and Ben talk about how the Celtics tied their series with the Bulls after a terrible start, why Gerald Green is starting and making an impact, and where is Jaylen Brown?

Sports Check Up - Ep. 11: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Baseball season

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard: Did Dustin Pedroia throw Matt Barnes under the bus? 04-23-17

Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.

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K&C- Crazy Al and one of …

K&C- Crazy Al and one of the worst callers ever; Arkansas death row inmates’ final demands; Tomase accepts his Biggest A-hole award 4-25-17

Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.

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K&C- The Herald and Globe…

K&C- The Herald and Globe refuse to cover Hernandez’s sexuality; Bob Hohler’s piece on Tom Brady and Best Buddies 4-24-17

Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.

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K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

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K&C- Aaron Hernandez’s …

K&C- Aaron Hernandez’s alleged lover; Kirk agrees with Tanguay’s take on Best Buddies; Where does the money go from Ortiz’s charity? 4-25-17

Hour 1. Tomase, Gerry, and Kirk discuss the identity of Aaron Hernandez’s gay lover. Tanguay thinks Brady held up Best Buddies and Kirk agrees. Tomase investigated where Ortiz sends his charity’s money.

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