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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
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.
Rob Bradford
11/20/2012 - 10:59am
So, you're asking, "What's the holdup? When are the Red Sox going to spring into action?" Patience.
Rob Bradford
11/19/2012 - 4:53pm
Remember Avery Bradley?
Rob Bradford
11/12/2012 - 8:31am
David Ross isn't about to turn the Red Sox away from Mike Napoli.
Rob Bradford
11/08/2012 - 11:23pm
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The issue revolves around a pitcher who will be 38 years old when next season begins. Still, believe or not, the battle for Hiroki Kuroda could represent a historic moment in the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
Rob Bradford
11/08/2012 - 5:32am
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The answers weren't going to be forthcoming during the two days of General Managers meetings this week. But that doesn't mean significant steps toward finding solutions weren't being taken at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Wednesday.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2012 - 8:02am
"Just because we're in the fact-checking era …" -- Bobby Valentine to Bob Costas Tuesday night. Exactly.
Rob Bradford
10/16/2012 - 9:05am
It is perhaps the most important skill a baseball front office can possess these days -- understanding when it's the right time to swoop in with contract extensions.
Rob Bradford
10/12/2012 - 7:57am
As of late Thursday night, there had been no movement in the John Farrell situation.
Rob Bradford
10/10/2012 - 6:46am
The last anybody saw of J.D. Drew was in amidst the chaos of the final game of the Red Sox' 2011 season. 
Rob Bradford
10/04/2012 - 1:35pm
In the end, Bobby Valentine couldn't stop the negative momentum from September 2011, and the result was the need for yet another Red Sox manager.
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.


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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.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

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Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-30-16

Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

5-28 Danny Picard - Red Sox Review

Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.

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.

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts …

D&C - Is Xander Bogaerts baseball's best hitter? 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East

D&C - ESPN's Howard Bryant chilled by patriotism at ballparks

Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?

D&C - Harambe the gorilla, citizen of Cincinnati, killed 5-31-16

John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?

Eduardo Rodriguez starts …

Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the first time in 2016 5-31-16

ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.

Ordway, Merloni and Fauria give their NBA finals predictions 5-31-16

The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.

Howard Bryant is upset with sports teams honoring veterans and police 5-31-16

ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.

Laroy Streat's Freestyle …

Laroy Streat's Freestyle Friday via the Dale & Holley Show

Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!

Dale and Holley's Final Drive Including Laroy's Freestyle Friday 5/27/16

We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 2 - Red Sox Pitching and Triple A.

The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

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Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Graig Murphy 2

Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.

SoccerCast - Champions League Final Preview

Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.

Enough About Me - Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

Ep. 16: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

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