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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
10/02/2012 - 3:15am
NEW YORK -- The question was posed to David Ortiz: "Do you think you have a better shot at getting a two-year deal heading into this offseason than at this time last offseason?" It was met with another inquiry.
Rob Bradford
09/28/2012 - 7:23am
He gets it, but that doesn't make it any less painful.
Rob Bradford
09/26/2012 - 7:54am
That kind of pitcher -- the one you saw Tuesday night in a Rays uniform in the form of David Price -- was supposed to be Jon Lester this season. It will have to wait.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2012 - 2:01am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The wave of well-meaning advisers has been relentless, a reality that hasn't been lost on the subject of the advice -- Daniel Bard.
Rob Bradford
09/18/2012 - 8:24am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the dust had settled following Terry Francona's departure last October, the clamoring began. People in Boston wanted Joe Maddon to become the Red Sox' next manager.
Rob Bradford
09/12/2012 - 9:07am
David Ortiz, the pretend general manager, is hard to pin down. Asked what the Red Sox need to do in order to be successful in 2013, Ortiz offered a myriad of answers.
Rob Bradford
09/05/2012 - 1:34am
 
Rob Bradford
08/30/2012 - 4:54am
ANAHEIM -- Dustin Pedroia may be heading toward the first losing season of his life. He has certainly been peppered with more criticism than ever before.
Rob Bradford
08/29/2012 - 5:11am
DENVER -- It was supposed to be a tough decision. It wasn't.
Rob Bradford
08/28/2012 - 4:14am
DENVER -- By the time Nick Punto got on the private plane Saturday afternoon, he still didn't truly understand all that was going on.
Rob Bradford
08/21/2012 - 7:34am
Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz got their texts at 5:17 p.m. Josh Beckett had been informed earlier in the day.
Rob Bradford
08/16/2012 - 11:59pm
BALTIMORE -- The thought has at least crossed their minds.
Rob Bradford
08/09/2012 - 7:59am
So, what now? Back on July 23, it was written here that the Red Sox were presented with a make-or-break stretch, one that would either see their entrenched top-of-the-rotation pitchers carry them through a pennant race or put them in late-summer discomfort.
Rob Bradford
08/06/2012 - 1:47am
There are very few certainties when it comes to this Red Sox team. 
Rob Bradford
08/04/2012 - 9:16am
On the final day of the Yankees series in New York, Adrian Gonzalez relayed a powerful statement, claiming the Red Sox understood they were embarking on a tw
Rob Bradford
07/30/2012 - 4:20am
NEW YORK -- Carl Crawford is most likely going to have Tommy John surgery. Not definitely, but likely. Not now, but perhaps soon. 
Rob Bradford
07/29/2012 - 4:09am
  NEW YORK -- It was a day that was thick with chaos.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2012 - 6:46am
The answers came fast and furious on Twitter, via the air waves, and any other means possible.
Rob Bradford
07/20/2012 - 12:42am
The topic doesn't seem to be going away. Does Bob McClure, the pitching coach of the Red Sox, get along with the manager of his team, Bobby Valentine?
Rob Bradford
07/17/2012 - 11:59pm
"Carl's playing with a real fire.
Rob Bradford
07/15/2012 - 2:16am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It might not be a priority right now, but it is something to start thinking about. Cody Ross is.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2012 - 2:41am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Bobby Valentine hadn't heard or read all the opinions and analysis, but he had sampled some of it.
Rob Bradford
07/13/2012 - 8:53am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez understands the deal. He isn't hitting home runs, and people are wondering why.
Rob Bradford
07/12/2012 - 12:45am
It could have sent Dustin Pedroia down an unfamiliar path -- one that made the Red Sox second baseman start thinking about self-preservation. Could have, but, according to Pedroia, won't.
Rob Bradford
07/11/2012 - 4:11am
KANSAS CITY -- Nice try, Major League Baseball.


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NFL Sunday with Butch Ste…

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- DIscussing how the roster and practice squad are constructed, the performance of Jimmy Garoppolo, and previewing Week 1 of the NFL regular season - 8-30-15

Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- Discussing the Pats performance in Carolina, the Develin injury and the running back depth chart - 8-30-15

Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.

It Is What It Is Cast: Reggie Wayne makes his practice debut with Patriots

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

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.

The Sunday Sports Roundta…

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.

Joe Kelly Player Of The Game Interview 8-29-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 08-28-15

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.

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!

Hey look Mort is wrong ag…

Hey look Mort is wrong again! 8-28-15

Another hour of Mort being wrong.

Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

Mike Florio calls out Chris Mortensen 8-28-15

The great Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined us on the latest Mort screw up.

Foreshadowing Pats Openin…

Foreshadowing Pats Opening Night, 8-28-15

The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.

Previewing the Pats dress rehearsal, 8-28-15

On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.

Three For All - Barkley sends shots at agent, Emotional pre-game speech & a Gruden is fat, 8-28-15

The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.

Dale and Holley's Final D…

Dale and Holley's Final Drive / Freestyle Friday - 08-28-15

We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.

No apologies... Mort keeps digging that hole deeper each week

We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.

Yes, the Red Sox do still exist, and yes, Rob Bradford is with us talking Sox

We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.

Chris Mortensen made some…

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?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

Fantasy Football Podcast …

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!

SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

D&C’s Breaking Balls: The Patriots have a problem with ESPN 08-24-15

Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.

Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

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Chris Mortensen stepped i…

Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

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Robert Kraft goes rogue 8…

Robert Kraft goes rogue 8-3-15

Buck, Gary and Dino discussed Kraft's comments.

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D&C: Breaking down Game 2…

D&C: Breaking down Game 2 of the World Series from Busch Stadium

The advance guard is all set up in St. Louis as D&C opened up the show from Busch Stadium. On the menu: Another homer from Ortiz, the return of Beltran, and a big mistake from Breslow.

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Butch and Bradford detail…

Butch and Bradford detail the NESN decision to not renew Don Orsillo's contract

Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the details behind NESN not renewing play-by-play man Don Orsillo, and take calls from fans about the choice.

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