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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
08/20/2011 - 4:31am
KANSAS CITY -- How can somebody so unpredictable be so predictable? This is the riddle that follows Alfredo Aceves.
Rob Bradford
08/17/2011 - 7:22am
The first introduction of Jacoby Ellsbury to Johnny Damon came with then-Red Sox reliever Alan Embree yelling across the Sox clubhouse upon seeing the newly drafted Ellsbury on television.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2011 - 2:43am
Nobody -- not one person -- was bringing up a rarely-mentioned clause in Dustin Pedroia's contract throughout those first two months of the 2011 season. The reason? He was hitting .239 on June 4, 56 games into his fifth full big league season. 
Rob Bradford
08/05/2011 - 2:01am
How is it going to end for Jonathan Papelbon? Where will the closer's career take him after this season? How long will he stay in baseball? His answer: "No idea." Papelbon, however, has locked in one aspect of his future.
Rob Bradford
08/04/2011 - 8:52am
It's hard to figure out where it started for Jacoby Ellsbury.  On his way out of the clubhouse Wednesday night -- about an hour after teammates had given him the celebratory business for a second straight night thanks to a walk-off, ninth-inning homer -- Ellsbury offered a hint.
Rob Bradford
08/03/2011 - 3:53am
So, Clay Buchholz might be around for the playoffs.
Rob Bradford
07/29/2011 - 8:00am
Bruce Chen doesn't hesitate. Erik Bedard would be his guy.
Rob Bradford
07/24/2011 - 8:10am
It was Saturday, but it could have been any day.
Rob Bradford
07/22/2011 - 7:46am
WOBURN -- John Henry makes you think. First, the Red Sox principal owner took time at Jason Varitek's Celebrity Putt Putt fundraiser at Athletic Evolution to offer his perspective on what may transpire as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 12:30pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The chaos and euphoria that emanated from the Red Sox' clubhouse after a 5-hour, 44-minute, 16-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays was accompanied by plenty of storylines early Monday morning.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 4:52am
  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's debatable what Sunday night (and early Monday morning) will be remembered for.
Rob Bradford
07/16/2011 - 1:15am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sixteen days. That's what is left until we can officially put the non-waiver trade deadline in the rear-view mirror and shift our focus to waiver claims and cemented rosters for the stretch drive. This is where the roster-building heat starts picking up.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2011 - 2:10am
PHOENIX -- As the Red Sox prepare for the stretch drive, coming out of the All-Star break, we look at what each position player has done to this point, and what they will have to do in the final 2 1/2 months of the regular season.
Rob Bradford
07/13/2011 - 4:51am
PHOENIX -- Before the All-Star Game, Hunter Pence sat in front his locker in Chase Field's home clubhouse and talked some Josh Beckett.
Rob Bradford
07/12/2011 - 8:16am
PHOENIX -- Manny Acta quietly walked out of Chase Field Monday night having done his part to punctuate another semi-chaotic Home Run Derby Day.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2011 - 3:46am
The Red Sox hit six home runs Thursday night, a feat they hadn't accomplished since Sept. 8, 2009.  They also managed to go deep in back-to-back-to-back at-bats for the first time since Aug. 13 of last season.
Rob Bradford
07/01/2011 - 7:50am
PHILADELPHIA -- The pregame image is distinct from what transpires in the rest of the clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
06/30/2011 - 3:19am
PHILADELPHIA -- The perception of John Lackey up until he threw his first pitch Wednesday night was hardly that of the kind of top-of-the-rotation anchor fans hang their hopeful hats on.
Rob Bradford
06/27/2011 - 7:44am
PITTSBURGH -- Alfredo Aceves stopped in his tracks while walking by the media scrum gathered around Andrew Miller after the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Pirates Sun
Rob Bradford
06/25/2011 - 9:10am
PITTSBURGH -- David Ortiz had every right to be somewhat perplexed. When the rain chooses to make its most powerful appearance during a single at-bat -- as was the case when the Sox slugger stepped up to pinch-hit in the eighth inning Friday night -- eyebrow-raising is perfectly acceptable.
Rob Bradford
06/24/2011 - 12:57am
PITTSBURGH -- This wasn't supposed to be so complicated.
Rob Bradford
06/20/2011 - 8:10am
Adrian Gonzalez can hit. He fields his position about as well as anybody in the majors. And the 29-year-old’s day-to-day approach appears to be beyond reproach. So, what can’t Gonzalez do?
Rob Bradford
06/17/2011 - 8:46am
This just in: The Red Sox are good.
Rob Bradford
06/10/2011 - 10:37am
NEW YORK -- Eyes are being opened. For Carl Crawford, the latest enlightenment was something as simple as putting on the gray "Boston" uniform that turns the dial for Yankee Stadium fans.
Rob Bradford
06/08/2011 - 8:05am
NEW YORK -- The image paved the way for the question.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Th…

It Is What It Is Cast: The return of LeGarrette Blount, Tom Brady update

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.

NFL Sunday (Hour 2) with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- Looking at the depth chart at RB and CB, Deflategate and the showdown between the Pats and Goodell, and a discussion on if Pats' fans will be content with a 1-game suspension 8-2-15

Dickerson and Price discuss the RB position and who will get a majority of the workload. They also talk about missing Revis and the CB position. The boys also get into more Deflategate discussions with callers.

NFL Sunday (Hour 1) with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- It's Brady vs Goodell - Thoughts and Predicitions and Training Camp Observations 8-2-15

Dickerson and Price are live from Fenway today and kick off NFL Sunday discussing some of the events at Pats training camp this week. Then they get into the court battle between Brady and Goodell and where we go from here? The guys give their predictions on just how many games Brady will in fact sit out. They get into the Chris Mortenson situation after he backed out of the D&C interview. Finally, Trags (Mike Petraglia) of WEEI.com joins the boys live from training camp.

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.

Bradfo Show: John Tomase …

Bradfo Show: John Tomase talks potential changes in Red Sox decision-making process 08-03-15

Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.

Travis Shaw Player Of The Game Interview 8-01-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Hall of Famer joins the broadcast for an inning 07-28-15

Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.

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!

El Prez from Barstool Spo…

El Prez from Barstool Sports on deflategate 8-4-15

The one and only El Prez from Barstool on deflategate.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines Craig James 8-4-15

The top stories of the day.

MIchael Wilbon on deflategate 8-4-15

The great Michael Wilbon joined us.

Three For All - Ronda Rou…

Three For All - Ronda Rousey dismantles Bethe Correira in 34 seconds, 8-3-15

Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Bantamweight championship at UFC 190.

Chris Price, WEEI.com, talks about some actual football, 8-3-15

Chris Price reports from Foxboro about some of the battles at Training Camp.

Should the Red Sox have done more at the trade deadline? 8-3-15

Mike Napoli remains a member of the Red Sox, as the team did very little at the July 31st deadline.

Final Drive - Christ Mort…

Final Drive - Christ Mortensen finally speaks.

Mort finally talks about snubbing WEEI, Jay Pharoah imitates athletes, and Ronda Rousey kicks some ass.

4at4 - Tom Brady Milestones

Its Tom Brady's 38th birthday and we look back to celebrate his biggest milestones.

4 at 4 07-31-15

Exactly what it

Mikey's frustrated with P…

Mikey's frustrated with Pablo Sandoval 8-3-15

Mikey rants about Sandoval's weight, his lack of extra base hits, and his overall poor production in the month of July. Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani join in.

Planet Mikey Podcast - #RedSox giant vat of (stink)

Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!

Angry at the #RedSox ? Mikey Adams is (bleeping) ticked

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.

Final Drive - Christ Mort…

Final Drive - Christ Mortensen finally speaks.

Mort finally talks about snubbing WEEI, Jay Pharoah imitates athletes, and Ronda Rousey kicks some ass.

4at4 - Tom Brady Milestones

Its Tom Brady's 38th birthday and we look back at some of his biggest milestones.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE PODCAST - JERRY AND LUCY: PART DEUX

Intern extraordinaire Lucy joins Jerry once again to discuss the most vexing questions in the history of mankind: can men and women coexist? What are the differences between how men and women think? And how mean can women really be?

Mike Florio on the NFL's …

Mike Florio on the NFL's handling of Brady's appeal 8-3-15

Mike Florio gave us his thoughts on Brady's appeal.

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Robert Kraft goes rogue 8…

Robert Kraft goes rogue 8-3-15

Buck, Gary and Dino discussed Kraft's comments.

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Red Sox Review with Chris…

Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand 8-2-15

Christian breaks down a disappointing loss to the Rays and the aftermath of the the Larry Lucchino news.

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