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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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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder and home run machine, Mookie Betts, after Mookie's three home run game propels the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 6-2.

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-30-16

Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

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.

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts …

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts baseball's best hitter? 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East

D&C - ESPN's Howard Bryant chilled by patriotism at ballparks

Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?

D&C - Harambe the gorilla, citizen of Cincinnati, killed 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?

Eduardo Rodriguez starts …

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the first time in 2016 5-31-16

ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.

Ordway, Merloni and Fauria give their NBA finals predictions 5-31-16

The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.

Howard Bryant is upset with sports teams honoring veterans and police 5-31-16

ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.

JBJ out on 3-day paternit…

JBJ out on 3-day paternity leave... and a debate broke out

We discuss Jackie Bradley's leave of absence to be with his wife for the birth of his first child, and that drums up the old caveman debate about whether men should miss work while their wives give birth.

Can the bullpen help Clay Buchholz get himself right?

We discuss the frustration of Clay Buchholz in moving to the pen, and whether or not this is the right move not only for him but for the Sox as a whole.

Choklahoma City? Epic comeback or epic collapse in the NBA Western Finals?

We discuss the ending of the Western Conference finals, and also look ahead to KD's plans and the NBA Finals match-up.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Graig Murphy 2

Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.

SoccerCast - Champions League Final Preview

Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.

Enough About Me - Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter…

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter - Do Kevin Durant's struggles in Games 5 & 6 change your opinion of him? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?

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Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

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OMF, Whiner Line 5/27

OMF, Whiner Line 5/27

No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.

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D&C - ESPN's Howard Bryan…

D&C - ESPN's Howard Bryant chilled by patriotism at ballparks

Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?

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Lucy goes after Dino, 5-27-16

Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.

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