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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.
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.
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. 
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
09/21/2013 - 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
09/10/2013 - 8:02am
At a time when the Red Sox are starting to align their team with October in mind, and when Baseball Prospectus gives the team a 100 percent likelihood of reaching the postseason, it's fair to start asking who is likely to be on the roster when
Alex Speier
09/09/2013 - 4:21am
  NEW YORK -- It's bigger-picture time. 


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Patriot Matthew Slater with Dale and Holley

We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

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We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Manager Torey Lovullo wit…

Manager Torey Lovullo with Dale and Holley

We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15

Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

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Eddie George isn't very happy with Tom Brady's suspension being overturned 9-3-15

Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.

Tedy Bruschi speaks out in support of Tom Brady and Judge Berman's ruling 9-3-15

The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.

Adam Schefter talks to M&F about tom Brady's overturned suspension 9-3-15

Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.

SI's Michael McCann: The …

SI's Michael McCann: The NFL Embarrassed Itself

Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann

The Patriots Haters Ball Montage

Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.

Bob McNair and other owners ignorance is enabling Roger Goodell to move forward with Deflategate

We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.

Planet Mikey - What shoul…

Planet Mikey - What should the Red Sox outfield be?

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

Planet Mikey - Has Mikey been too hard on Pablo and Hanley? Nah...

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

SoccerCast - Premier Leag…

SoccerCast - Premier League transfer grades, 9-2-15

With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast featuring MLB.com's Jim Callis - what does Dave Dombrowski do with the Farm?

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.

Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

Mike Florio on Brady vs, …

Mike Florio on Brady vs, the NFL 9-2-15

Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.

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Michael McCann with the latest on Brady vs Goodell 9-1-15

McCann gave us his thoughts on yesterday's proceedings.

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Setting the stage for Tom Brady's appeal, 6-23-15

Tom Brady's appeal is to be heard today. The guys set the stage for what we should expect.

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