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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
08/24/2011 - 6:35am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can one player carry a team the likes of the Red Sox? Or how about two, or maybe three?
Rob Bradford
08/23/2011 - 4:32am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jarrod Saltalmacchia spoke the truth after the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Rangers Monday night. Question: Does this defeat, or the fact that the Rangers have now won all four of their meetings with the Sox this season, mean anything come October?
Rob Bradford
08/22/2011 - 2:51am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was one of a flood of introductions Boston had to Erik Bedard, most of which came before the pitcher even set foot down at Logan Airport.
Rob Bradford
08/20/2011 - 4:31am
KANSAS CITY -- How can somebody so unpredictable be so predictable? This is the riddle that follows Alfredo Aceves. The perception -- and reality -- is that Aceves is a non-stop man in motion, both physically and verbally, often times going down one path and then suddenly veering off in an entirely different direction.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2011 - 2:43am
Nobody -- not one person -- was bringing up a rarely-mentioned clause in Dustin Pedroia's contract throughout those first two months of the 2011 season. The reason? He was hitting .239 on June 4, 56 games into his fifth full big league season. 
Rob Bradford
08/05/2011 - 2:01am
How is it going to end for Jonathan Papelbon? Where will the closer's career take him after this season? How long will he stay in baseball? His answer: "No idea." Papelbon, however, has locked in one aspect of his future.
Rob Bradford
08/04/2011 - 8:52am
It's hard to figure out where it started for Jacoby Ellsbury.  On his way out of the clubhouse Wednesday night -- about an hour after teammates had given him the celebratory business for a second straight night thanks to a walk-off, ninth-inning homer -- Ellsbury offered a hint.
Rob Bradford
08/03/2011 - 3:53am
So, Clay Buchholz might be around for the playoffs.
Rob Bradford
07/29/2011 - 8:00am
Bruce Chen doesn't hesitate. Erik Bedard would be his guy.
Rob Bradford
07/24/2011 - 8:10am
It was Saturday, but it could have been any day.
Rob Bradford
07/22/2011 - 7:46am
WOBURN -- John Henry makes you think. First, the Red Sox principal owner took time at Jason Varitek's Celebrity Putt Putt fundraiser at Athletic Evolution to offer his perspective on what may transpire as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 12:30pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The chaos and euphoria that emanated from the Red Sox' clubhouse after a 5-hour, 44-minute, 16-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays was accompanied by plenty of storylines early Monday morning.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 4:52am
  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's debatable what Sunday night (and early Monday morning) will be remembered for.
Rob Bradford
07/16/2011 - 1:15am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sixteen days. That's what is left until we can officially put the non-waiver trade deadline in the rear-view mirror and shift our focus to waiver claims and cemented rosters for the stretch drive. This is where the roster-building heat starts picking up.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2011 - 2:10am
PHOENIX -- As the Red Sox prepare for the stretch drive, coming out of the All-Star break, we look at what each position player has done to this point, and what they will have to do in the final 2 1/2 months of the regular season. MARCO SCUTARO
Rob Bradford
07/13/2011 - 4:51am
PHOENIX -- Before the All-Star Game, Hunter Pence sat in front his locker in Chase Field's home clubhouse and talked some Josh Beckett.
Rob Bradford
07/12/2011 - 8:16am
PHOENIX -- Manny Acta quietly walked out of Chase Field Monday night having done his part to punctuate another semi-chaotic Home Run Derby Day.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2011 - 3:46am
The Red Sox hit six home runs Thursday night, a feat they hadn't accomplished since Sept. 8, 2009.  They also managed to go deep in back-to-back-to-back at-bats for the first time since Aug. 13 of last season.
Rob Bradford
07/01/2011 - 7:50am
PHILADELPHIA -- The pregame image is distinct from what transpires in the rest of the clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
06/30/2011 - 3:19am
PHILADELPHIA -- The perception of John Lackey up until he threw his first pitch Wednesday night was hardly that of the kind of top-of-the-rotation anchor fans hang their hopeful hats on.
Rob Bradford
06/27/2011 - 7:44am
PITTSBURGH -- Alfredo Aceves stopped in his tracks while walking by the media scrum gathered around Andrew Miller after the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Pirates Sunday afternoon, the 6-foo-t7 pitcher's head rising above the group collecting around him.
Rob Bradford
06/25/2011 - 9:10am
PITTSBURGH -- David Ortiz had every right to be somewhat perplexed. When the rain chooses to make its most powerful appearance during a single at-bat -- as was the case when the Sox slugger stepped up to pinch-hit in the eighth inning Friday night -- eyebrow-raising is perfectly acceptable.
Rob Bradford
06/24/2011 - 12:57am
PITTSBURGH -- This wasn't supposed to be so complicated.
Rob Bradford
06/20/2011 - 8:10am
Adrian Gonzalez can hit. He fields his position about as well as anybody in the majors. And the 29-year-old’s day-to-day approach appears to be beyond reproach. So, what can’t Gonzalez do?


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Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Rec…

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

Tiki Barber discusses Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem. 6-12-14

Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Stephen Drew after the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 14-1

Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jon Lester with Joe Castiglione after completing the sweep of the Royals

Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Starbucks tattoo 7-23-14

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

Jake Peavy is done 7-23-14

The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

Upon Further Review: What…

Upon Further Review: What is clanging around in my ratty old backpack? 7-22-14

Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!

Three For All: Is 9 years old to young to be left alone? 7-22-14

A South Carolina mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her 9 year old daughter alone for hours at a local park while she worked a shift at McDonalds. This has sparked a national debate about whether or not the mother should have been arrested, since many are arguing that 9 years old is old enough to show dependency. The question arises: Where do we draw the line?

Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com joins MFB, 7-22-14

Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.

Where is David Ortiz's ri…

Where is David Ortiz's rightful place among the all-time great Red Sox players?

We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Unexpected Phenom Edition - 7-22-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.

Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam, 7-22-14

The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

SoccerCast - Liverpool Midfielder Joe Allen

In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!

Peter Gammons on the Sox …

Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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Steve Buckley on Tony Dun…

Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

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Sox seem to be alive agai…

Sox seem to be alive again, so are you back in?

We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

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Jon Lester continues to d…

Jon Lester continues to dominate 7-21-14

John, Gerry and Jerry Thornton discussed the Red Sox sweep of the Royals.

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Has the city of Boston go…

Has the city of Boston gone soft on the Red Sox? 7-21-14

The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?

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