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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
12/16/2011 - 2:25am
Adrian Gonzalez has picked his team for this Sunday's showdown between Bill Belichick's boys and the Broncos.
Rob Bradford
12/06/2011 - 5:04am
There are two Ben Cherington quotes that may end up defining the Red Sox' approach toward building a pitching staff this offseason. The first came in early November when the stink of beer and chicken was just starting to get washed off the 2011 season.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2011 - 1:06am
There's a new watering hole in the middle of the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas -- the Gossip Bar, which (as it is described on the hotel web site) "serves the perfect mix of color and commentary." Perfect. Welcome to the site of the 2011 Major League Baseball winter meetings.
Rob Bradford
11/23/2011 - 8:52am
Two press conferences down …
Rob Bradford
11/21/2011 - 7:59am
Larry Lucchino recently told WEEI.com regarding the process of searching for the next Red Sox manager that "ownership has a seat at the table, to be sure."
Rob Bradford
11/16/2011 - 9:16am
MILWAUKEE -- New Orioles general manager Dan Duquette calls the likes of David Ortiz "a luxury item." Alex Anthopolous, the GM of the Blue Jays, suggested identifying a new designated hitter "is not a top priority."
Rob Bradford
11/12/2011 - 8:27am
Sure, some of it was surprising.
Rob Bradford
11/07/2011 - 9:11am
Asked about how he is viewing the managerial interviews in Chicago and Boston, Josh Byrnes reacts about how you would expect. "I'm definitely curious," he said.
Rob Bradford
11/03/2011 - 12:50am
It was one of the final days of April 2007, and Jonathan Papelbon had, as was written at the time, "dug himself in for the long haul."
Rob Bradford
10/27/2011 - 1:48am
When Joe Maddon interviewed for the Red Sox' managerial position following the 2003 season, he lived a very different existence than the one the 57-year-old currently occupies.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2011 - 8:08am
As we sit here, right now, he is the best (semi-attainable) person for the job.
Rob Bradford
10/20/2011 - 7:26am
Jason Varitek was on the 'list.' It was why so many made it a point to tune into WAAF Wednesday morning to hear the catcher give his side of the story. But why?
Rob Bradford
10/18/2011 - 12:24am
Jon Lester had heard and read enough. In his estimation, it was time for a more proactive approach. Asked in a phone interview if his team was being portrayed fairly since the stunning end of the 2011 season, Lester's response was immediate and direct.
Rob Bradford
10/11/2011 - 7:20am
Jonathan Papelbon is never going to forget the moment he stepped into life as a member of the Red Sox organization.
Rob Bradford
10/10/2011 - 12:35am
(The following is the first in a two-part series on Jonathan Papelbon's view of the Red Sox 2011 season, and what lies ahead for the closer as he heads into free agency.) It's been 12 days since Jonathan Papelbon walked off the mound in Baltimore. 
Rob Bradford
10/05/2011 - 7:44am
C.J. Wilson is most likely not walking through that door, and you also shouldn't be counting on the big Yu Darvish press conference.
Rob Bradford
10/03/2011 - 6:28am
The chaos will continue in the coming days.
Rob Bradford
09/29/2011 - 5:38am
BALTIMORE -- It's cliche to say nobody deserves the fate the 2011 Red Sox found themselves with. But that's not true. Many, for various reasons, did.
Rob Bradford
09/28/2011 - 3:07am
BALTIMORE -- Three seasons ago, it was because of a sick pitcher. Wednesday it will be due to an under-the-weather organization. Regardless, Jon Lester has once again been called upon to save the Sox.
Rob Bradford
09/27/2011 - 10:29am
BALTIMORE -- Do you know the last time the Red Sox won two games in a row? It was exactly one month ago.  All was seemingly right with the then first-place Sox upon completion of that two-game ball of fire, with Terry Francona's team carrying an 8 1/2 game lead on the floundering Rays.
Rob Bradford
09/23/2011 - 7:53am
Within the panic, in among the pennant race chaos, stands Adrian Gonzalez.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2011 - 12:46am
He was all that was left.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2011 - 7:32am
It was Aug. 17 and the Rays were leaving town having taken two out of three against the Red Sox. Still, reality had seemingly set in for Tampa Bay, which found itself eight games in back of the Sox in the chase for the wild card with 39 games left to play.
Rob Bradford
09/16/2011 - 3:24am
This is the Red Sox' chance. Forget the six straight losses to the Rays. Dismiss the 9-2 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Thursday night. And disregard the dwindling lead (now three games) in the Wild Card race. Now, it's all about finally getting off the ropes.
Rob Bradford
09/14/2011 - 7:26am
Tim Wakefield knows what he's doing.


Audio On Demand

Patriot Matthew Slater wi…

Patriot Matthew Slater with Dale and Holley

We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

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.

Manager Torey Lovullo wit…

Manager Torey Lovullo with Dale and Holley

We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15

Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.

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.

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!

Schilling vs. Awful Annou…

Schilling vs. Awful Announcing 9-2-15

Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.

Mike Florio on Brady vs, the NFL 9-2-15

Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines Chris Christie loves Bruce 9-2-15

The top stories of the day.

Christian gives some cold…

Christian gives some cold advice to Tom Brady, 9-2-15

Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.

Jerod Mayo talks about "cut-down" day, 9-2-15

Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.

What is Judge Berman waiting for? 9-2-15

Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?

Bob McNair and other owne…

Bob McNair and other owners ignorance is enabling Roger Goodell to move forward with Deflategate

We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.

Torey Lovullo: We're establishing our outfield for the future

Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.

Orsillo, the Sox and more... Emptying out Michael's vacation desk drawer

Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.

Planet Mikey - What shoul…

Planet Mikey - What should the Red Sox outfield be?

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

Planet Mikey - Has Mikey been too hard on Pablo and Hanley? Nah...

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team

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?

SoccerCast - Premier Leag…

SoccerCast - Premier League transfer grades, 9-2-15

With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast featuring MLB.com's Jim Callis - what does Dave Dombrowski do with the Farm?

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.

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!

Don Orsillo is out at NES…

Don Orsillo is out at NESN 8-25-15

The guys discussed the news surrounding the Sox play by play announcer.

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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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Sean McDonough on the fir…

Sean McDonough on the firing of Don Orsillo. 8-27-15

Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.

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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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Lester Munson is a fraud!…

Lester Munson is a fraud! 8-21-15

Dale, Thornton and Dickerson discuss and find many problems with Lester Munson and his latest article.

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