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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
04/01/2014 - 5:39am
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 - 12:53am
"One hundred and 62. That's my goal. I want to play every day." -- Shane Victorino in mid-March
Rob Bradford
03/24/2014 - 1:07am
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 - 8:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He was hesitant to reveal his secret, but Xander Bogaerts couldn't help himself. 
Rob Bradford
03/20/2014 - 1:15am
 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 - 10:57pm
"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
03/16/2014 - 11:13pm
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Two weeks to go.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2014 - 11:09pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Napoli is officially in the middle of it -- the lineup and a pretty important debate.
Rob Bradford
03/12/2014 - 11:16pm
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
03/09/2014 - 11:36pm
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?" Answer: "I really don’t have anything to say about him. He’s a free agent. That’s where it stands."
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 6:49pm
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 - 7:58am
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 - 5:56am
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 - 7:15am
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 - 10:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- And so it begins for Grady Sizemore.
Rob Bradford
01/23/2014 - 7:45am
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 - 12:55am
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.
Rob Bradford
12/17/2013 - 7:39am
It's not even Christmas. We get it.
Rob Bradford
12/10/2013 - 8:10am
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.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2013 - 7:24am
CC Sabathia. Ivan Nova. David Phelps. Michael Pineda. Adam Warren. Jacoby Ellsbury, here is your new starting rotation.
Rob Bradford
11/18/2013 - 9:23am
So far, he has been their most valuable player. Daniel Nava won't win any sort of hardware for earning the title of offseason MVP. Earning honors for your exploits between April and October usually lead to more formal recognition. But don't think for a minute that some very important people haven't taken notice of Nava's contributions thus far this month.
Rob Bradford
11/13/2013 - 7:03am
ORLANDO -- The question was asked of one baseball executive amidst the hubbub in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes at the general managers' meetings Tuesday night. "What would David Ortiz get for a contract if he were a free agent right now?"
Rob Bradford
11/11/2013 - 1:59am
ORLANDO -- Yes, we get it: The general managers' meetings will be setting the stage for this baseball offseason. But, in reality, it could be much, much more than just a warm-up act.
Rob Bradford
11/02/2013 - 12:32am
Jon Lester knew the reality when talking to WEEI.com back in spring training.
Rob Bradford
10/30/2013 - 1:41am
The Red Sox are one win away from winning a World Series championship.


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OMF - Duron Harmon tells …

OMF - Duron Harmon tells OMF that the defense loves the chance to make a goal line stand, 1-23-16

Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.

OMF - Dion Lewis talks about recovering from a torn ACL last season, 1-23-16

Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.

Malcolm Butler - Excited to be headed to another Super Bowl

Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah …

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul, and it's time for the Celtics to fill their biggest need 12-20-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' injury and keeping Marcus Smart in control 12-13-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.

Celtics Podcast – Bad finish against the Rockets and love for DeMarcus Cousins 12-6-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 4: Rick P…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 4: Rick Porcello

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello to discuss life from the moment when he learned he was the American League Cy Young Award winner until the days just before spring training. Porcello explains how things have changed for him over the past few months, while offering his thoughts on Kate Upton's controversial tweets following the Cy Young announcement, and the actual voting process.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - Hall of Fame candidates losing and gaining support

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.

Hot Stove Show Hour 1 - Reacts to the 2017 Hall of Fame elections

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

Saturday Skate - Firing C…

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson talk Bruins and the state of Claude Julien's tenure in Boston -- 1-8-16

Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.

K&C- Tuesday Morning Book…

K&C- Tuesday Morning Book Club with Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni; Le Batard brings up race…again 1-24-17

Hour 4. It's book review Tuesday with Kirk, Gerry, and Trenni. Dan Le Batard insinuated Boston is racist.

K&C- Trenni vs. Gerry on women’s issues; Headlines with Kirk; SNL’s Obama tribute 1-24-17

Hour 2. Trenni takes on Gerry. Headlines with Kirk. SNL's tribute to Obama was sad.

K&C- Tom Brady’s interview received national attention; ESPN’s political policy 1-24-17

Hour 1. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the attention Brady's interview received. ESPN's political policy is constantly violated.

OMF - Ben Roethlisberger …

OMF - Ben Roethlisberger pulls a "Pete Carroll" and says Le'Veon Bell was injured all week, 1-24-16

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared on Pittsburgh radio today, and when asked about Le'Veon Bell's injury, let on that the team was aware of "that injury" throughout the week. The Steelers did not list him on the injury report at any point leading up to the AFCCG.

OMF - Dan Le Batard calls everyone in Boston "stupid", 1-24-16

ESPN radio host, Dan Le Batard, opened his show hurling insults at Boston radio hosts and Boston listeners. Le Batard then said "I hope we lose the affiliate-ship in Boston." Those comments were walked back later in the show.

OMF - Peyton Manning is also close with Donald Trump and the Republicans, 1-24-16

Peyton Manning is scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat, with Donald Trump and Mike Pence, for the purpose of mapping out the Republican agenda. The guys predict significantly less outrage when this QB buddies up with the president.

Bill Belichick - We have …

Bill Belichick - We have a lot of work to do on Atlanta, not very familiar with them

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick breaks down the win over the Steelers and looks ahead to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, who Bill admits is a team they are not yet very familiar with.

Matthew Slater - thankful and blessed to be headed to another Super Bowl

Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater after the Patriots advance to Super Bowl 51.

NFL Network's Heath Evans breaks down the AFC Championship win

Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis of the AFC Championship win.

Ep. 49: Chad Finn - Charl…

Ep. 49: Chad Finn - Charlotte Wilder's story on Trump/Patriots

Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Penn State Scandal

Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.

Ep. 47: Sean Leahy, Boston Herald sports editor

Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.

The Real K&C - Race jokes…

The Real K&C - Race jokes, Sheppard v Arcand & the Jet 1-24-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Trenni Wednesday on the K&C show

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 4: Rick Porcello

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello to discuss life from the moment when he learned he was the American League Cy Young Award winner until the days just before spring training. Porcello explains how things have changed for him over the past few months, while offering his thoughts on Kate Upton's controversial tweets following the Cy Young announcement, and the actual voting process.

The Real K&C – Game thoughts, no-care umbrellas & White House blowing blips 1-23-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.

K&C- Tom Brady on his 7th…

K&C- Tom Brady on his 7th Super Bowl appearance and his call to President Donald Trump 1-23-17

Tom Brady joins the show the morning after winning the AFC championship for the seventh time. Brady talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and his call to President Donald Trump.

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K&C- The Patriots are goi…

K&C- The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl; Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the Super Bowl and Trump 1-23-17

Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.

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K&C-Albert vs. Kirk and G…

K&C-Albert vs. Kirk and Gerry on Tom Brady; Headlines with Kirk; Tim Hasselbeck joins the show 1-23-17

Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.

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K&C- The winning culture …

K&C- The winning culture in New England 1-23-17

Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.

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Bill Belichick - We have …

Bill Belichick - We have a lot of work to do on Atlanta, not very familiar with them

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick breaks down the win over the Steelers and looks ahead to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, who Bill admits is a team they are not yet very familiar with.

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