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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

 
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Rob Bradford
04/18/2014 - 8:40am
"What next level is there?" -- Jon Lester to WEEI.com, 2013 spring training Jon Lester has officially answered his own question.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2014 - 11:38pm
NEW YORK -- If they want to keep Jon Lester -- truly keep Jon Lester -- the Red Sox are obviously going to have to do better. Potentially a lot better.
Rob Bradford
04/10/2014 - 7:34am
So, this is what it feels like. The Red Sox are heading to New York to take on the Yankees as the team with Mariano Rivera.
Rob Bradford
04/04/2014 - 7:10am
Stop for a minute.
Rob Bradford
04/03/2014 - 3:26am
BALTIMORE -- He knows the deal. He wants to change the deal.
Rob Bradford
04/01/2014 - 6:39am
BALTIMORE -- It's been more than two years since Boston has seen one of its teams up there. On the podium, just behind the president, punctuating a world championship in suits while laughing at jokes from the world's most powerful man and waiting to execute a memorable handshake. That was the Bruins' big day (or at least we thought).
Rob Bradford
03/31/2014 - 1:53am
"One hundred and 62. That's my goal. I want to play every day." -- Shane Victorino in mid-March
Rob Bradford
03/24/2014 - 2:07am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The argument is a convenient one for those believing Sunday’s news of David Ortiz’s extension should have never come: Just let the designated hitter play out another season and worry about re-signing him after that.
Rob Bradford
03/21/2014 - 9:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He was hesitant to reveal his secret, but Xander Bogaerts couldn't help himself. 
Rob Bradford
03/20/2014 - 2:15am
 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- First, the latest on Grady Sizemore … - He is scheduled to play Thursday night against the Yankees, completing another round of back-to-back appearances.
Rob Bradford
03/17/2014 - 11:57pm
"It's been a while since I've felt good enough to do something like that. It's a good feeling." -- Grady Sizemore FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Days like Monday at JetBlue Park make you remember ... and forget.
Rob Bradford
03/17/2014 - 12:13am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Two weeks to go.
Rob Bradford
03/14/2014 - 12:09am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Napoli is officially in the middle of it -- the lineup and a pretty important debate.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2014 - 12:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The uncomfortable reality of what awaits David Ortiz has cropped up in these early days of spring training. And don't think for a moment the Red Sox designated hitter hasn't taken notice.
Rob Bradford
03/10/2014 - 12:36am
BRADENTON, Fla. -- It's been more than four months now, so why stop here? Question (paraphrased): "Are you surprised Stephen Drew is still out there?"
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 7:49pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "I’m sure you guys will know before I do on anything that happens. But nothing has gone on recently."
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 8:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For some, the bandage might represent a whole new level of anxiety for an already anxious time. Injuries during contract years -- even in the early days of spring training -- can paint an uncomfortable picture. The player knows he needs a good year to get that next deal, and any bump in the road makes for some out-of-the-game uneasiness.
Rob Bradford
03/04/2014 - 6:56am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looking for another Red Sox captain? Don't hold your breath. "I'm not even the captain of my own house," quipped Dustin Pedroia.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2014 - 8:15am
The questions revolved around his health, his preparation and even his weight. But not once during his mini-media session outside JetBlue Park Monday did Clay Buchholz talk about his contract. (That would come a bit later.)
Rob Bradford
02/09/2014 - 11:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- And so it begins for Grady Sizemore.
Rob Bradford
01/23/2014 - 8:45am
The man who got Larry Bird to Barcelona has gone a long way to bringing a former All-Star outfielder to Boston.
Rob Bradford
01/02/2014 - 1:55am
It's been almost nine months since that tragic day. The sting of the bombings at the Boston Marathon still lingers. It's a feeling that won't go away, and surely will be brought even closer to the surface when the 2014 race is run. What also hasn't gone anywhere is the unity and resolve that has been highlighted at every turn since that April 15 afternoon. The fundraising events. A World Series championship run. Healing. Hoping. Praying. And, all along the way, one slogan: "Boston Strong."
Rob Bradford
12/17/2013 - 8:39am
It's not even Christmas. We get it. There are still 60 days before pitchers and catchers report, and then a whole season in between when David Ortiz's and Jon Lester's contracts expire. There is still team-building to be done for the 2014 team, and extension talks will certainly be on the docket before Opening Day. But it's not too early to offer a reminder.
Rob Bradford
12/10/2013 - 9:10am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- They all seemed happy. Ashley Saltalamacchia, Jarrod's wife, appeared pleased. As did the couple's three daughters. And the catcher's agent, Jim Munsey, smiled the smile of a man who had pleasantly concluded a month of negotiations.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Lo…

It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Parcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

Celtics President Danny A…

Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

Sox Manager John Farrell …

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start 4-23-14

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Shabazz Napier joins Joe and Dave as the UConn Huskies are honored at Fenway Park

UConn Point Guard, Shabazz Napier joined the guys for a half inning and talked about his experiences in college, his reasoning behind completing his education, and growing up in Boston.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Colbert introduced on Letterman

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox ha…

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox haven't been able to replace Ellsbury, 4-23-14

Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Dale and Holley's Four at…

Dale and Holley's Four at Four Milestone Editon - 4/23/14

We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

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Fantasy Football Off-Season Podcast 4

The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston, joins Chris Villani on Easter to talk Celtics

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Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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The guys opened the show by discussing yesterday's Boston Marathon and Kirk's run.

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