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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
04/28/2012 - 3:19am
"I kind of would like to try it. It's something I would like to do. It would kind of challenge myself. You've never proven yourself, but I know I can do the reliever thing for myself, just as a personal challenge, [starting] would be cool." -- Daniel Bard of starting, Feb. 11, 2011.
Rob Bradford
04/27/2012 - 2:03am
CHICAGO -- Daniel Bard will not be in the bullpen Friday. There is, in fact, no way to tell if the righty will ever rejoin the crew of Red Sox relievers. So here’s the issue …
Rob Bradford
04/23/2012 - 6:52am
There it was, for all the Sunday morning shows to dissect, analyze and digest -- Bobby Valentine answering boos by touching the brim of his hat on his way back from making another unsavory pitching change.
Rob Bradford
04/21/2012 - 8:11am
Tito, out! It was Terry Francona's execution of this sentiment that had some of his former players buzzing after the big Fenway Park celebration Friday. 
Rob Bradford
04/15/2012 - 12:13am
If the Red Sox were to possess a mission statement this season, it would most likely include something involving the separation between 2011 and '12. Well, if that's the case, the last two days have been mission accomplished for Bobby Valentine's crew.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2012 - 7:20am
TORONTO -- In case anybody needed a reminder, Dustin Pedroia has offered one in the Red Sox' first six games. 
Rob Bradford
04/11/2012 - 1:50am
TORONTO -- To understand the seriousness of what Ozzie Guillen said, let Mike Lowell paint what has become a most unappetizing picture.
Rob Bradford
04/09/2012 - 4:27am
As this is being written, the wheels hadn't been put in motion.
Rob Bradford
04/06/2012 - 8:21am
First off, this isn't a "the Red Sox screwed up by not signing Jonathan Papelbon" column.
Rob Bradford
03/31/2012 - 11:40pm
The Red Sox finally will unveil their starting rotation to start the 2012 season on Sunday. That would be April 1 for those of you scoring at home. But why did it take so long?
Rob Bradford
03/30/2012 - 4:56am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Decisions, decisions. With less than a week until Opening Day, the final determinations regarding what the Red Sox roster will look like when the regular season rolls around are moments away. Starting rotation. The 25th man. Late-inning relief. Demotions. Potential trades.
Rob Bradford
03/29/2012 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a camp chock full of mysteries, Jacoby Ellsbury is right at the top of the list.
Rob Bradford
03/28/2012 - 6:34am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As Mike Aviles left the JetBlue Park complex Tuesday afternoon, living the life as the Red Sox' starting shortstop, he was congratulated on his latest lot in life. "Thanks," he said. "I won't let you guys down."
Rob Bradford
03/26/2012 - 6:37am
People are getting a bit loopy in anticipation of the Red Sox' opener on April 5 in Detroit. So, while the coming days will make most of the murkiness increasingly clearer, we can take a moment to clarify some of the hot-button topics hovering around this 10-10 spring training team.
Rob Bradford
03/22/2012 - 9:33pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a clubhouse thick with change, there is no better symbol for the Red Sox' altered existence than the one found in the fifth-to-last locker on the left in JetBlue Park's home clubhouse. That's where you can find a usually sweat-soaked Carl Crawford.
Rob Bradford
03/19/2012 - 12:25am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The question was posed to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Can the Red Sox starters become more like the Tampa Bay starters?"
Rob Bradford
03/09/2012 - 8:11am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Another spring training day, another heaping of praise for Jose Iglesias.
Rob Bradford
03/05/2012 - 7:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Rob Bradford
03/04/2012 - 1:18am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Remember the image from Saturday morning. It is the warning shot.
Rob Bradford
03/02/2012 - 7:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The moment Jason Varitek walked off JetBlue Park's field Thursday a retired professional baseball player, the search began.
Rob Bradford
02/26/2012 - 11:22pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The spring training house is different, as are its surroundings. This rental is much bigger than the rest of Josh Beckett's previous six spring training homes since the pitcher's arrival with the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
02/22/2012 - 6:16am
Only Carl Crawford knew how much it was eating at him. He didn't tell his manager, hitting coach, teammates or acquaintances on other teams. But, as it turns out, hitting in the lower third of the Red Sox' batting order was consuming the outfielder throughout most of the 2011 season.
Rob Bradford
02/15/2012 - 8:25am
The new-look Red Sox will officially look new come Feb. 21, the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. And for that image, you can, in large part, thank new bench coach Tim Bogar.
Rob Bradford
02/11/2012 - 8:52am
Judging by the last week one could have surmised that this offseason was one long party for Cody Ross. For starters, Monday he watched the ABC show "The Bachelor" at his home with the actual Bachelor, Ben Flajnik.
Rob Bradford
02/07/2012 - 9:55am


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NFL Sunday with Danny Pic…

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Previewing the Broncos and Panthers meeting in Super Bowl 50 -- 1-31-16

Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Making an attempt to move forward and look at the future of the Patriots -- 1-31-16

While continuing the postmortems on the Patriots after their loss last week, the boys attempt to move on and discuss what the team will look like next year, potential free agent signings and their chances to get back to another Super Bowl.

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Lamenting the Patriots loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship -- 1-31-16

We're one week removed from the AFC Championship that saw the Patriots fall to the Broncos in Denver, and Danny and Chris discuss what went wrong from Brady's play to Belichick's decision to not kick a FG with six minutes to go to Gostkowski missing an extra point to the clear number one issue in the play of the offensive line. How can the Pats improve? The guys discuss it all.

Danny Picard reacts to th…

Danny Picard reacts to the Celtics last second win over the Cavaliers

Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game

Danny Leroux of Real GM on Celtics Trade Targets and Crazy NBA Playoffs Reforms – 2/4/16 – WEEI Celtics Podcast

Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

Cavs fire David Blatt, Blake Griffin KO and Sharpshooter Kelly Olynyk - WEEI Celtics Podcast 1/27/16

Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

Butch Bradfo & Tomase Pod…

Butch Bradfo & Tomase Podcast - What is Clay Buchholz's future with the #RedSox ?

With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast - WEEI's Top Ten Sox Prospects List

Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline

Hot Stove Show 02-02-16

Mut and Tomase are holding things down in the studio tonight, Bradford is on assignment in Fort Myers. They talk about Rick Porcello, who is already down in Fort Myers and the strength of the pitching staff.

#Bruins Postgame Podcast …

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - Filthy goals from Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner carry B's to shootout win

DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - B's blow 3-1 third-period lead & lose to Leafs in OT

Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss a frustrating loss by the Bruins against division cellar-dweller Toronto as the B's blow a 3-1, third-period lead and lose in OT in the first game after the All-Star break

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN's Joe McDonald and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- 1-31-16

DJ, Joe and Pete are in the house for the NHL All-Star weekend edition of Sunday Skate. They discuss a little bit about the skills competition last night, the John Scott situation and the events of the weekend before taking a step back and looking at the state of the Bruins a little over the halfway point of the season. They talk about the B's needs going forward, Chara's decline and how the Bruins are still hanging around while quietly rebuilding in Don Sweeney's first season at the helm.

Mark Leibovich on Tom Bra…

Mark Leibovich on Tom Brady vs. Goodell 2-5-16

Legendary author Mark Leibovich joined us to discuss Brady and Goodell.

Rob Gronkowski gave a lap dance 2-5-16

You cant hate Gronk for the lap dance.

Super Bowl Props 2-5-16

The guys gave their Super Bowl prop picks.

Charlie Sly recanted his …

Charlie Sly recanted his statements the day AFTER being visited by Peyton Manning's private investigators, 2-5-16

The story of Peyton Manning getting HGH shipped to his house took another turn when the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that Peyton Manning and his people hired private investigators to go to the home of Charlie Sly's parents.

Tom Brady Sr. admits his son is handling Deflategate differently than he is, 2-5-16

Tom Brady's father, Tom Sr, spoke with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran regarding some of the comments made by Roger Goodell over the past few weeks.

Christian's Comedy Minute falls flat and the callers let him have it, 2-5-16

Christian is resisting the return the of the Whiner Line and is suggesting some new segments. The inaugural "Christian's Comedy Minute" did not perform as well as he hoped, but we got some good phone calls out of it.

Michael Irvin previews Su…

Michael Irvin previews Super Bowl 50 with Dale and Holley

We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.

CSNNE's Tom E Curran discusses his Deflategate question for Roger Goodell

We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.

Roger Goodell's state of the NFL press conference comes off as 50% scripted

We discuss the Roger Goodell state of the NFL presser, and play the bits of pertinent and non-pertinent audio and break it down.

Danny Picard reacts to th…

Danny Picard reacts to the Celtics last second win over the Cavaliers

Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game

The phrase of the day is "Integrity of the Game"

Roger Goodell made sure to defend the shield and his intense pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots regarding deflate gate, and here we are over a year later and he is still speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the matter.

The Patriots are already making staffing changes

Mikey, Mut, Lenny and our textress Cassie are on the air as Ian Rappoport reports the Patriots parted ways with their offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo

The Fantasy Guys Podcast …

The Fantasy Guys Podcast Super Bowl Week

Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - Filthy goals from Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner carry B's to shootout win

DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division

Back To School -- We're falling in love with Virginia 2-4-16

After another solid week of college hoops, Anthony and Austin are hoping on the Virginia band wagon, and take a deeper look into Texas A&M's win over Iowa State and debate whether UNC's lack of shooting will prevent them from being a title contender.

Mark Leibovich on Tom Bra…

Mark Leibovich on Tom Brady vs. Goodell 2-5-16

Legendary author Mark Leibovich joined us to discuss Brady and Goodell.

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CSNNE's Tom E Curran disc…

CSNNE's Tom E Curran discusses his Deflategate question for Roger Goodell

We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.

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Michael McCann - NFL migh…

Michael McCann - NFL might hurt it's own case against Brady if they released PSI numbers

Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with our favorite legal expert on our least favorite topic, deflategate. Michael McCann of UNH Law and Sports Illustrated helps us understand why the NFL didn't reveal any PSI numbers that it claimed it was gathering.

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Gronk gives lap dance to female reporter, 2-5-16

Rob Gronkowski is in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50 festivities. During a segment with FoxSports1 reporter Julie Stewart-Binks, Gronk told a story about giving lap dances in college. Stewart-Binks asked Gronk to replicate the performance. Gronk did. Predictably, the internet was outraged. The guys discuss the national reactions.

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