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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
01/08/2010 - 8:56am
As Adrian Beltre is handed his jersey and puts on a Red Sox cap at the team’s latest introductory press conference, Mike Lowell and Ron Yacoub are oblivious.
Rob Bradford
01/05/2010 - 4:02am
NEW YORK — The Red Sox and Adrian Beltre had come close before.
Rob Bradford
12/20/2009 - 10:33am
What had been a very complicated road to separation was punctuated (for now) with a very simple early-evening text message. Mike Lowell wrote: "No deal. Having surgery in a week."
Rob Bradford
12/17/2009 - 8:09am
When Steve Hilliard walked into Theo Epstein’s suite at the O’Hare International Airport Hilton in early November, it was setting up as little more than a Southern California reunion. What it became was the foundation for what turned into Wednesday’s Fenway Park press conference introducing John Lackey as the newest Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
12/03/2009 - 1:01pm
Mike Lowell is on a quest for normalcy. After the Red Sox’ season came to an abrupt end with a three-game playoff sweep at the hands of the Angels, Lowell took 10 days of doing nothing remotely baseball related. The 35-year-old started the practice of going on Wednesday fishing trips, while spending time with his two young children, Alexis and Anthony. That was Step One.
Rob Bradford
12/01/2009 - 2:58am
NEW ORLEANS -- The scene made the movie “Jerry Maguire” look like a warm-up act.
Rob Bradford
11/11/2009 - 8:57am
CHICAGO — Theo Epstein issued the first defining words of the offseason in a secluded corner of the downstairs lobby at the O’Hare International Airport Hilton Tuesday.
Rob Bradford
11/10/2009 - 5:07am
CHICAGO — The lobby-standing was all too familiar. Other elements in the initial day of the general managers meetings at the O’Hare International Airport Hilton, however, offered a reminder that times are a changing.
Rob Bradford
10/27/2009 - 12:57am
Joe Urbon and his team at CAA Sports have made it clear they’re prepared to enter the offseason starting blocks. Their client, Jason Bay, is on the verge of becoming one of the most sought-after free agents this winter, and whether it’s continuing negotiations with the Red Sox or introducing the outfielder’s abilities to another suitor, Urbon and his crew are set to make Bay's case.
Rob Bradford
10/13/2009 - 10:30am
It was just moments after the end of his first full season as a Red Sox. The sting was still there, and the moving boxes weren’t too far behind. But Jason Bay also realized the reality of his situation: Something exciting — something he had been playing all of his life for, in a sense — was around the corner.
Rob Bradford
10/12/2009 - 7:54am
So, how exactly did this happen?
Rob Bradford
10/10/2009 - 6:33am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — For Dustin Pedroia, it was simple. “Get hits,” he said. David Ortiz offered an even more bare-bones explanation. “Hit the damn ball,” noted the designated hitter.
Rob Bradford
10/09/2009 - 4:53am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start. It was being whispered throughout Angels Stadium leading into the opening game of the American League Division Series that Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ready veer from a path most everybody believed he had locked onto. The captain would be Josh Beckett’s battery-mate once again. Not so much.
Rob Bradford
10/08/2009 - 5:35am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They were perhaps the most important few days of the Red Sox’ season. Those moments in late July, when the Sox were determining exactly what could and couldn’t be done prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, played an enormous role in helping the Red Sox land in their current lot, the American League Division Series. The final destination was the acquisition of Victor Martinez. How the Red Sox got there is a story with the kind of twists and turns usually reserved for the final few days of July.
Rob Bradford
10/07/2009 - 4:31am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — This was John Lackey following the fourth, and final, game of the 2008 American League Division Series. “We are way better than they are,” the Angels pitcher said. “We lost to a team not as good as us.”
Rob Bradford
10/02/2009 - 8:39am
Friday night might be the night for Billy Wagner. It might be the game he creeps closer to feeling a bit more like his old self. In among the meaningless innings that encompassed much of the Red Sox’ 3-0 win over the Indians on Thursday night at Fenway Park, there were a few things that offered some importance.
Rob Bradford
09/29/2009 - 6:57am
“This is the time of the year where everybody is struggling physically.” From David Ortiz’ mouth to more than half of the ears in the Red Sox clubhouse. The most important moments of Monday night's game came well before the first pitch was thrown in what would turn out to be a rain-shortened, 11-5 Red Sox loss at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Rob Bradford
09/25/2009 - 3:52am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clay Buchholz fought through a head cold that had lingered for the past few days. He also weathered the storm that came with helping entertain his fiancée’s family, who made the 45-minute drive from nearby Richmond, Mo., each of these four games to watch Buchholz’ team take on the Royals. No, pitching at Kauffman Stadium Thursday night wasn’t easy for Buchholz. But he sure made it seem that way.
Rob Bradford
09/24/2009 - 5:44am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Red Sox had just claimed a 9-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, and the music was blaring in the visitors clubhouse. Van Halen’s “Jump” was the choice this time around, the kind of tune that seemed fit for the polyester-wearing baseball players of the early 1980s, but certainly not this group. “It’s a nice change, isn’t it?” Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew said.
Rob Bradford
09/23/2009 - 9:54am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Beckett and the Red Sox still remember the success of 2007 and what it took to get there: a skin avulsion, a trip to the disabled list, and a two-week hiatus from pitching. In other words, Beckett got some time off, and it paid off in the form of one of the most dominant postseasons ever. With that in mind, this week — which included an extra day of rest for Beckett — has become of utmost importance when looking at the big picture.
Rob Bradford
09/22/2009 - 7:23am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — So, what did Monday night’s 12-9 loss to the Royals mean in the long run for the Red Sox? The Sox are still going to make the playoffs, even if that magic number stood strong at 6. Few are going to push the panic button, considering the Red Sox still have won 10 of their last 12.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2009 - 12:54am
BALTIMORE — David Ortiz was worried about the middle of the Red Sox batting order. Sitting on a wooden bench just outside the Red Sox’ minor league training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., he said as much. No longer. Jason Bay, who thrives with his unassuming persona, has sold himself on Ortiz.
Rob Bradford
09/20/2009 - 2:39am
BALTIMORE — While taking a break from watching the action in the Virginia Tech-Nebraska football game on Saturday afternoon in the visitors clubhouse at Camden Yards, Billy Wagner took the time to offer some high praise for his new Red Sox teammate, Jon Lester.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2009 - 3:26am
BALTIMORE — The voice was that of his father. “Trust your pitches. Trust your pitches.” Skip Buchholz was nowhere to be found in or around Camden Yards, where his son helped lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Orioles Friday night. But the words he, and a variety of coaches and mentors, had implanted in Clay Buchholz’ head might have been the difference this time around.
Rob Bradford
09/17/2009 - 8:27am
The moment was almost as unexpected as his entire season. First, the instance from Wednesday night’s 9-8 Red Sox win over the Angels at Fenway Park. “When I stepped in the batter's box,” Red Sox infielder Nick Green said, “I was like, ‘Oh (expletive)!' ”


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