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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
08/11/2014 - 12:34am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Red Sox most likely wouldn't have won Sunday without Yoenis Cespedes.
Rob Bradford
08/10/2014 - 5:01am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It is, and will be, the most important -- and fascinating -- aspect of the season's final seven weeks.  Who will play center field for the 2015 Red Sox?
Rob Bradford
08/08/2014 - 12:04am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jon Lester seems to really like playing in Boston.
Rob Bradford
08/06/2014 - 6:18am
There is that narrative out there, the one that suggests that Jon Lester was only expressing his unbridled desire to remain a member of the Red Sox as a public relations ploy.
Rob Bradford
07/31/2014 - 2:00am
Few were in the mood to talk. Truth be told, it seemed like few were in the mood to play baseball. What was left of the residue from a 2013 championship season was about to be washed away.
Rob Bradford
07/29/2014 - 1:53am
David Ortiz is hoping. He's not alone in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
07/25/2014 - 12:43am
As of Thursday, the idea of Jon Lester remaining with the Red Sox in 2015 seemed more unlikely than ever.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2014 - 1:48am
TORONTO -- Jake Peavy wanted this to work. The Red Sox wanted this to work.
Rob Bradford
07/22/2014 - 9:35am
TORONTO -- There are turnarounds, and then there are turnarounds.
Rob Bradford
07/21/2014 - 8:02am
TORONTO -- Winning the Cy Young Award in a contract year. It wouldn't be historic, but it certainly would offer a powerful punctuation.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2014 - 11:30pm
You will be hard-pressed to find anybody in the Red Sox clubhouse who will admit it.
Rob Bradford
07/17/2014 - 7:37am
News flash: Age is a tricky thing. Hard for front offices to figure, and difficult for players (and sometimes agents) to accept. Look around that American League All-Star team's clubhouse Tuesday and all kind of reminders of the aforementioned uncertainty could be found. For instance ...
Rob Bradford
07/16/2014 - 1:11am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball needs to make up its mind.
Rob Bradford
07/13/2014 - 11:44pm
MINNEAPOLIS -- "What happened to the Red Sox?" As the media started to descend on Target Field Sunday for the All-Star Game festivities, it was a question that was relayed every time John Farrell's team entered into conversation. The answer?
Rob Bradford
07/12/2014 - 11:06pm
They don't want to let go of hope. That much was evident just by listening to Jake Peavy's final remarks of the day following the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to Houston Saturday.
Rob Bradford
07/10/2014 - 3:07am
It had a really good chance of being bad when it started. By the end, it was worse than anybody could have expected.
Rob Bradford
07/06/2014 - 11:10pm
So you think the Jon Lester conversation has been occasionally spicy so far? Well, dig in. One week from Monday it's going next-level, the kind of scene that can be uncomfortable for some heading into the final months of their contract. And you know what? That probably will be OK with Lester. 
Rob Bradford
07/01/2014 - 4:06am
Yes, Jake Arietta was good. Very good. Almost no-hitter kind of good. But that doesn't really matter. 
Rob Bradford
06/25/2014 - 3:53am
SEATTLE -- It's time to start turning over this team.
Rob Bradford
06/24/2014 - 4:57am
SEATTLE -- We should have known better.
Rob Bradford
06/19/2014 - 8:06am
Here comes Oakland. Here comes a reality check. The Red Sox are about to face the best team in the American League for four games. The A's are good. Good at pitching. Good at hitting. Good at winning.
Rob Bradford
06/16/2014 - 10:51pm
I like baseball a lot. At 8 p.m. Monday, I liked soccer better. This wasn't intended. When I walked into the Fenway Park press box just before 6 p.m. (or 7 p.m., Natal, Brazil, time) my focus was solely on looking up Tony Gwynn's 1994 batting average and learning what was on the media dining room menu.
Rob Bradford
06/16/2014 - 6:44am
So, why did Jon Lester make that comment? What exactly does "hometown discount" mean?
Rob Bradford
06/11/2014 - 3:07am
BALTIMORE -- The question to Dustin Pedroia was simple. "Do you think you guys can win the World Series?"
Rob Bradford
06/09/2014 - 4:35am
DETROIT -- The home run won the game. Let's get that out of the way.


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Patriots Head Coach Bill …

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale and Holley

We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.

Chandler Jones avoids the noise, 1-26-15

Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

We Love Anthony Daivs - N…

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks about the Rondo trade 12-19-14

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

John Farrell with Mut and…

John Farrell with Mut and Bradford, 1-24-15

The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.

Joe Kelly and Pablo Sandoval make predictions for 2015, 1-24-15

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.

Hot Stove Show 01-15-15

Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

Pierre McGuire discusses …

Pierre McGuire discusses Rule-Breaking in the NHL 1-22-15

Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports: "Bruins are an unbelievably team to play against" 1-15-15

Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: American Sniper 1-26-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.

Former Panthers GM Marty …

Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney - “If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” 1-26-15

Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.

Three For All - SNL does Brady/Belichick Press Conference Parody, 1-26-15

Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.

Chandler Jones avoids the noise, 1-26-15

Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

Tedy Bruschi: Why do the …

Tedy Bruschi: Why do the Patriots win? You were outcoached. You were outplayed. That's why.

We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.

Bill Belichick: Green Bay/San Diego trip helped prepare us for Super Bowl travel this week

We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.

Cheating talk 'deflating' to Patriots Nation at this point

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.

The other what if...

The other what if...

A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?

The day footballs lost air pressure and the game lost integrity?

Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

Mut and Lenny don't know what to make of deflategate

Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.

WrestleCast - Royal Rumbl…

WrestleCast - Royal Rumble Preview Part 2

Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Are sports better in the stadium or on TV?

Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

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Bill Belichick comes out …

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.

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Michael Irvin on Tom Brad…

Michael Irvin on Tom Brady character assassination - "I find that sickening"

We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

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Former Panthers GM Marty …

Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney - “If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” 1-26-15

Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.

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Mike O’Malley calls in …

Mike O’Malley calls in to speak to Danny Picard, 1-24-15

Television show writer of Showtime's "Shameless" and Boston native, Mike O’Malley unexpectedly calls Danny from California to react to Belichick’s press conference.

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