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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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Julian Edelman joins OMF …

Julian Edelman joins OMF to talk about the Bills Defense, Men's Health Magazines, and his Dad's big mouth, 9-26-16

Patriots WR Julian Edleman joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to talk about his Dad giving scouting reports on his QB prowess, how to play the Bills’ defense, Danny Amendola being on the cover of a magazine instead of him, and why players buy into the Patriots’ Culture.

LeGarrette Blount joins OMF to talk about his new acrobatic running style, and the Week 4 matchup with Buffalo, 9-26-16

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to discuss hurdling defenders, the Buffalo game, and what Josh McDaniels would say if he offered to play Quarterback.

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.

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.

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

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 - Jose Fernandez, Arn…

K&C - Jose Fernandez, Arnold Palmer, Steve Clevenger, Vin Scully & NFL weekend 9-26-16

The 6am hour upload from Monday with Mike Mutnansky in with Kirk and Gerry, with first thoughts from the guys on several of the big weekend stories in sports

K&C - Brady vs. Belichick, Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Le Batard cried 9-26-16

Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.

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.

Anthony L. Fisher, of "Th…

Anthony L. Fisher, of "The Week," explains "The Fraudulent Myth of Big Papi," 9-26-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian invite Anthony L. Fisher of "The Week" on the show to explain his article where he discusses why David Ortiz is a jerk and a fraud.

The MMQB states that greatest Coach of all time is not Bill Belichick, 9-26-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian are slightly taken aback by Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article where Paul Brown, not Bill Belichick is named the greatest Coach of all time.

Are people really ready to move on from Tom Brady? Also, the AFC is horrendous, 9-26-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the Jimmy G vs. Brady conundrum, and then delve into the atrocious AFC.

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.

Sports Check up - Ep. 5: …

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.

K&C - Brady vs. Belichick…

K&C - Brady vs. Belichick, Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Le Batard cried 9-26-16

Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.

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K&C - Josh McDaniels on t…

K&C - Josh McDaniels on the Patriots win and his future as a head coach 9-26-16

Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels joined the show to discuss the teams big win over the Texans and his future as a NFL head coach.

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Pats shock us all with a …

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.

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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.

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K&C - A New Yorker ripped…

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

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