Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Rob Bradford » Rob Bradford Archive
About Rob Bradford

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.

 
COLUMNS
Rob Bradford
09/19/2013 - 10:00am
Exactly four years ago Thursday -- the last time the Red Sox were definitively planning for a postseason run -- the landscape was a bit different. 
Rob Bradford
09/11/2013 - 2:17am
"I said it from Jump Street, I’m not going to go out there and do something that’s going to cost me the rest of the season. I want to be 100 percent the next time I get on a mound, so that’s what I’m going to do." -- Clay Buchholz the day before the All-Star Game
Rob Bradford
09/05/2013 - 10:02am
David Ortiz stood at second base Wednesday night, taking a break from his three-hit night to tip his hat to theFenway Park crowd.
Rob Bradford
09/02/2013 - 9:49am
When John Farrell was asked about Koji Uehara, two sentences from the manager offered the highest compliment a closer might receive.
Rob Bradford
08/22/2013 - 11:30pm
LOS ANGELES -- One year from Sunday. That's when Josh Beckett's life took what the pitcher views as a much-needed turn.
Rob Bradford
08/21/2013 - 5:02am
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Red Sox are having a difficult time keeping momentum on their side these days. 
Rob Bradford
08/16/2013 - 8:48am
TORONTO -- John Farrell won't hesitate in revealing his answer to the question, "What is the toughest part of managing?" "Managing the bullpen," the Red Sox skipper said.
Rob Bradford
08/14/2013 - 2:51am
TORONTO -- During most postgame media sessions, Red Sox manager John Farrell will turn a specific question into some sort of synopsis for what transpired throughout the entire game. Tuesday night was no different.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2013 - 8:46am
KANSAS CITY -- Blanche Peavy's experience when it came to hitting a ball with a bat boiled down to some sandlot baseball, and a little late-in-life fast-pitch softball. That didn't matter to his grandson. Jake Peavy always turned to his 'Paw Paw' in times of need.
Rob Bradford
08/10/2013 - 5:34am
KANSAS CITY -- It was just one of a clubhouse full of ice packs wandering throughout the Red Sox' clubhouse Friday night after their 9-6 loss to the Royals. But Shane Victorino's bandages perhaps best represented the current plight of this team.
Rob Bradford
08/08/2013 - 4:24am
HOUSTON – Thursday will bring more isolation for Daniel Bard.
Rob Bradford
08/02/2013 - 5:21am
The game of the year was punctuated with perhaps the quote of the year. "In a word," said Red Sox manager John Farrell upon arriving for his postgame media session Thursday night, "magical."
Rob Bradford
07/30/2013 - 10:08am
In what is shaping up as at least a semi-fascinating final few days of July, it represents perhaps the most interesting question for the Red Sox heading toward the non-waiver trade deadline. What are they going to do at third base?
Rob Bradford
07/27/2013 - 12:52pm
It might be time to give Will Middlebrooks another look.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2013 - 3:02pm
The first time the mention of a contract extension surfaced from Dustin Pedroia was during a mid-August swing through Kansas City in the midst of the 2011 season, during a dinner with his agents from ACES. Almost two years later, it's no longer just talk.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2013 - 1:50am
With every day that goes by, Brandon Workman is viewed less as a rookie and more of a savior. It might not be fair, but it is reality.
Rob Bradford
07/21/2013 - 8:28am
The news came down Saturday that Jon Lester would not be making his scheduled start Sunday against the Yankees, but instead would be making his first post-All-Star break appearance Tuesday. The reason?
Rob Bradford
07/19/2013 - 9:01am
Seventy-eight days. That's how long it took for the moment to stop consuming Drake Britton.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2013 - 7:16am
He represents one of this season's most important reminders.
Rob Bradford
07/15/2013 - 10:51pm
NEW YORK -- About an hour before Clay Buchholz strode to his booth during Monday's American League All-Star media availability, Cliff Lee sat in a similar setup a few feet away while in the midst of the
Rob Bradford
07/11/2013 - 8:07am
It was perhaps the best middle-of-the-order combo the Red Sox have ever seen.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2013 - 8:37am
Jacoby Ellsbury isn't flinching. And neither is his agent.
Rob Bradford
06/29/2013 - 3:49am
Dustin Pedroia had to think long and hard. When he thought of a player who might do the near impossible in this day and age of professional sports and stay with the same team for their entire career, who might offer the best example? "Pierce comes to mind," Pedroia finally revealed.
Rob Bradford
06/28/2013 - 9:18am
On the night the Red Sox hit their halfway point, Mike Napoli was not in the lineup.
Rob Bradford
06/18/2013 - 7:52am
"Wow, this game is getting physical."


Audio On Demand

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.

Game 6 and Hawks Series B…

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 4 Recap/Game 5 Preview with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/25/16

The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez…

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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.

Headlines - Transgender f…

Headlines - Transgender flag flies at City Hall, 5-3-16

Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.

19 year old football player facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, 5-3-16

A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.

The worst contracts in MLB history, 5-3-16

Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.

Pablo Sandoval could miss…

Pablo Sandoval could miss the whole year due to shoulder surgery 5-3-16

Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?

Why has David Price struggling? 5-3-16

The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.

Pablo Sandoval out for the year - Worst contract in Sox history, 5-3-16

The Red Sox announced that Pablo Sandoval will go under the knife, leaving him out for the rest of the season. The guys discuss the worst contracts in Red Sox history.

Complete Patriots draft b…

Complete Patriots draft breakdown with ESPN's Mike Reiss

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

Discussing why the Patriots took a quarterback in this draft

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Patriots selection of Jacoby Brissett and what that means for Tom Brady and his suspension, and more importantly Jimmy Garropolo.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 05-02-16

We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day and weekend.

Planet Mikey Podcast - Ho…

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 2, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress

Butch & Tomase Podcast ta…

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog - 4/29/16

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Sausage announces his ret…

Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

More from this show

Enough About Me - Ep. 11:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 11: Peter King

The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show's Bulldog, Kirk Minihane, talks with Peter King about what he learned from deflategate, having information he couldn't run with, and how long he will continue to report on the NFL.

More from this show

Federal appellate lawyer …

Federal appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian gives his expert analysis on 2nd Circuit court's decision, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.

More from this show

SI's Peter King - I don't…

SI's Peter King - I don't think Deflategate is over yet

We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter King

More from this show

Does Prince's drug use ch…

Does Prince's drug use change your opinion of him? 4-25-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.

More from this show

News & Analysis