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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
04/02/2013 - 7:52am
NEW YORK -- Two sentences were all Jonny Gomes needed to perfectly sum up where the Red Sox stood with this Jackie Bradley situation following the rookie's first big league game. "One thing you can't fight and invent, that's time," Gomes said. "But he's out to a heck of a start."
Rob Bradford
03/31/2013 - 1:39am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was two days before Jon Lester would stake claim to his third straight Opening Day start. A locker was being cleaned out, and preparations were being made to leave JetBlue Park for Yankee Stadium.
Rob Bradford
03/29/2013 - 7:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jackie Bradley is most likely going to spend Opening Day as a major leaguer.  The 22-year-old outfielder with just 138 professional games under his belt, having been drafted only 20 months before, is a few days away from breaking camp with the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
03/28/2013 - 7:40am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Decisions, decisions. The Red Sox have had to face the toughest of tough choices in recent days, attempting to whittle their roster down to the 25 players who will be relied on come Opening Day.
Rob Bradford
03/21/2013 - 8:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The relative youth of Jackie Bradley Jr. seemed like somewhat of a novelty. That was until David Ortiz put it in perspective. "What were you doing when you were 22?"
Rob Bradford
03/20/2013 - 7:52am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He wasn't supposed to be in this situation.
Rob Bradford
03/18/2013 - 9:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two days after Josh Beckett left Boston, heading for Los Angeles, one of the pitcher's closest friend on the team, John Lackey, defined the situation.
Rob Bradford
03/16/2013 - 11:47pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "He's erudite."
Rob Bradford
03/15/2013 - 7:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There have been plenty of lessons to draw from.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2013 - 12:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It might be for a week into the season, two weeks, or longer.
Rob Bradford
03/10/2013 - 8:08am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon knows when it comes to Mariano Rivera, there can be no duplication.
Rob Bradford
03/08/2013 - 9:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few years ago, David Ortiz offered this all-too-true statement: "The last time I checked, they don't put spring training stats on the back of baseball cards." He was right on.
Rob Bradford
02/28/2013 - 3:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Rob Bradford
02/24/2013 - 11:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Maybe it would be winning another Most Valuable Player award. Or perhaps it could be career highs in this or that statistical category. How about the Hall of Fame? Dustin Pedroia will have none of it.
Rob Bradford
02/19/2013 - 11:02pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard's well-publicized 'reset button' officially gets pushed Thursday.
Rob Bradford
02/18/2013 - 2:09am
It was the last time Bobby Valentine would address the Red Sox’ players, talking to his team in the Yankee Stadium visitors’ clubhouse following it
Rob Bradford
02/09/2013 - 9:11am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester doesn't look any different, and really his demeanor seems about the same. But things have changed.
Rob Bradford
02/08/2013 - 3:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Major League Baseball called Curt Schilling on Thursday night, he admitted to offering misleading statements … 4 1/2 years ago. 
Rob Bradford
01/31/2013 - 8:24am
"Tuck was the best. He's the best there is, and probably ever will be." -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Rob Bradford
12/29/2012 - 9:50am
Two seasons ago, they were two of the best in the business. One struck out 73 batters in 70 innings, limiting opponents to a .179 batting average and .546 OPS while throwing 561 of his 743 fastballs at 97 mph or better. That pitcher's name was Daniel Bard.
Rob Bradford
12/21/2012 - 8:50am
In the myriad Red Sox press conferences this offseason, the question has been thrown Ben Cherington's way on almost every occasion. "Can you contend for a playoff spot in 2013?"
Rob Bradford
12/17/2012 - 9:32am
It's all coming back to J.D Drew.
Rob Bradford
12/06/2012 - 6:27am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It took until about 9:30 a.m. Monday for the Red Sox to set the tone for this year’s baseball winter meetings, coming to an agreement with free agent Mike Napoli.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2012 - 5:23am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This we know: despite Ben Cherington's description of his ideal right fielder, Dwight Evans is not walking through that door. After that, it's anybody's guess who will man the right side of the Red Sox' outfield.
Rob Bradford
11/26/2012 - 12:10am
The Red Sox haven't executed the kind of shock-and-awe signings on which some in these parts might be judging their offseason. But what they've done to this point is telling.


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NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giar…

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- How does the deal that Josh Norman signed effect the Patriots? -- 4-24-16

Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.

"The Superback" Danny Vitale, FB out of Northwestern, joins NFL Sunday to discuss the NFL Draft process -- 4-24-16

Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Previewing the NFL Draft and how the Patriots may approach things sans a first round pick -- 4-24-16

With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?

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.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butter…

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.

Dustin Pedroia Player of the Game interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.

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.

We might have a new produ…

We might have a new producer...Lucy 4-29-16

Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- Don't tell Kirk how to run his show 4-29-16

All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

What will the Patriots do in the draft? 4-29-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.

The Patriots finally get …

The Patriots finally get to join the NFL Draft, 4-29-16

After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.

OMF responds to Kirk's critiques, 4-29-16

Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.

Laremy Tunsil was hacked and Todd McShay was criticized for his comments, 4-29-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.

Dale and Holley's Freesty…

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Hours 3 & 4 - NFL Draft and all topics on the table

We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Brady and the PA hire a new lawyer while Goodell does an endzone dance

We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 1 - Celtics bounced by Atlanta, look ahead to building for next year

We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.

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.

Curt Schilling responds t…

Curt Schilling responds to the outrage over his Facebook post 4-20-16

Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.

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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.

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

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ESPN fires Curt Schilling over social media post - 4-21-16

As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.

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John Tomase defends his column on Curt Schilling 4-21-16

Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.

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