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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
03/02/2012 - 8:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The moment Jason Varitek walked off JetBlue Park's field Thursday a retired professional baseball player, the search began.
Rob Bradford
02/27/2012 - 12:22am
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 - 7:16am
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 - 9:25am
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 - 9:52am
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 - 10:55am
Rob Bradford
01/25/2012 - 12:31pm
“That’s my favorite and most natural position and the position I enjoy playing the most. I’m looking forward to it.” – Mike Aviles
Rob Bradford
01/18/2012 - 9:19am
It started at about 8 p.m. Friday night, when word came down that the Yankees had found what every team in baseball loves to find -- a potential No. 1 starter, not even residing in the world of arbitration.
Rob Bradford
01/10/2012 - 8:56am
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- Andrew Bailey has dealt with Jonathan Papelbon's pain. It is, after all, the sort of affliction only closers can truly understand.
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.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

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.

Game 6 and Hawks Series B…

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 4 Recap/Game 5 Preview with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/25/16

The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez…

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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.

Headlines - The White Hou…

Headlines - The White House Correspondents Dinner, 5-2-16

Larry Wilmore and Barack Obama brought the house down and left the audience in stitches at the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Mike Tyson endorses Donald Trump, 5-2-16

Donald Trump is enjoying the endorsement of convicted rapist, Mike Tyson.

The coddling of Jessica Mendoza continues, 5-2-16

Jessica Mendoza was on the broadcast last night as the Sox and Yankees played in Fenway Park. She continues to add limited insight while avoiding any and all criticism. Also, Lee in Rhode Island infuriated the guys with his Tom Brady phone call.

Reactions to the NFL draf…

Reactions to the NFL draft and Robert Kraft speaks to Patriots fans 5-2-16

Christian thinks the Patriots new quarterback, 3rd round pick Jacoby Brissett, absoluetely stinks and him, Lou and Glenn give you their take on this year's NFL draft. Also, Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks to Patriots fans to let them know he has Tom Brady's back.

Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk discusses wearing a Tom Brady jersey at the draft on OMF 5-2-16

Kevin Faulk wore his tom Brady jersey to the NFL draft when announcing the Patriots' picks, and he joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about who had the idea (Dale Arnold) and Brady's reaction.

McScuse me, bitch?! 5-2-16

The guys have some fun with a YouTube video of an angry McDonalds customer after she wasn't offered a discounted McRib.

Complete Patriots draft b…

Complete Patriots draft breakdown with ESPN's Mike Reiss

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Discussing why the Patriots took a quarterback in this draft

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Patriots selection of Jacoby Brissett and what that means for Tom Brady and his suspension, and more importantly Jimmy Garropolo.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 05-02-16

We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day and weekend.

Planet Mikey Podcast - Ho…

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 2, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress

Butch & Tomase Podcast ta…

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog - 4/29/16

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Sausage announces his ret…

Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show's Bulldog, Kirk Minihane, talks with Peter King about what he learned from deflategate, having information he couldn't run with, and how long he will continue to report on the NFL.

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ESPN's firing of Curt Schilling has been a divisive topic. John, Gerry and Kirk discuss who's supporting Curt, who's detracting, and callers discuss North Carolina law that started the entire controversy.

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