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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.

 
COLUMNS
Rob Bradford
07/16/2011 - 12:15am
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 - 1:10am
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 - 3:51am
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 - 7:16am
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 - 2:46am
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 - 6:50am
PHILADELPHIA -- The pregame image is distinct from what transpires in the rest of the clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
06/30/2011 - 2:19am
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 - 6:44am
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 - 8:10am
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
06/23/2011 - 11:57pm
PITTSBURGH -- This wasn't supposed to be so complicated.
Rob Bradford
06/20/2011 - 7:10am
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 - 7:46am
This just in: The Red Sox are good.
Rob Bradford
06/10/2011 - 9:37am
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 - 7:05am
NEW YORK -- The image paved the way for the question.
Rob Bradford
05/31/2011 - 1:51am
Jonathan Papelbon is making a pretty good case. Monday, he attempted to clarify it further.
Rob Bradford
05/23/2011 - 1:53am
It wasn't hard to uncover Adrian Gonzalez's contributions to the Red Sox' 5-1 win over the Cubs. Fortunately for the Sox, when it comes to hitting, subtlety still isn't the slugger's strong suit.
Rob Bradford
05/17/2011 - 2:02am
It was all new for Adrian Gonzalez, but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. Sure, he had claimed a walk-off hit before, the same kind the first baseman came away with Monday night thanks to his ninth-inning, two-run double off the left field wall. Gonzalez had done it four other times, to be exact.
Rob Bradford
05/12/2011 - 7:00am
TORONTO -- What should we make of John Lackey?
Rob Bradford
05/11/2011 - 2:16am
TORONTO -- Admit it, you want to panic. And nobody would blame you if you did.
Rob Bradford
05/09/2011 - 7:32am
The tests didn't stop for Jose Iglesias Sunday just because he was now a major leaguer. All that meant were more answers and eyebrow-raising impressions. First, the introduction to Fenway Park.
Rob Bradford
05/05/2011 - 4:08am
Terry Francona entered the Fenway Park interview room just after 3 a.m. Thursday, processing the reality of a 5-3 loss to the Angels.
Rob Bradford
05/03/2011 - 6:50am
Two players, two injuries, few concerns. Both Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez entered February with at least some questions regarding what April would hold. 
Rob Bradford
04/25/2011 - 1:30am
Sunday was a day of firsts for Carl Crawford. First home run as a Red Sox. First smile as a Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
04/23/2011 - 6:28am
Spring training had barely begun, but Jonathan Papelbon had little doubt what path he would be taking in 2011.
Rob Bradford
04/20/2011 - 7:51am
So, what red flag should be raised the highest after last night’s Red Sox loss in Oakland?


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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!

#RedSox Farm Report Podca…

#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.

Bradfo Show: Rick Porcello, one year later

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, one of the first arrivals to this year's camp at JetBlue Park, joins Rob Bradford in Fort Myers to talk how things have changed since first arriving with the Sox a year ago. Porcello explains how his contract negotiations played out last spring training, what went wrong last season, and an amazement Fenway Park's car parking situation.

#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.

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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Tom Brady Sr. on Roger Goodell 2-4-16

The guys discussed Tom Brady Sr's comments.

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Headlines: Jeb Bush wants an applause. 2-4-16

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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

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