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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
02/19/2010 - 3:15am
  FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Lackey had his priorities Thursday afternoon. “Now,” the pitcher said while walking out of the Red Sox’ minor league training facility, “all I have to do is remember everybody’s name. I need a phonebook.” Lackey has discovered in the last few days that one of the immediate perks of signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal is that anxiety is now limited to name recollection. The life that comes with living in a contract year has been passed on to others.
Rob Bradford
02/17/2010 - 2:21am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell isn’t blind to what awaits.
Rob Bradford
02/03/2010 - 2:25am
  “Let’s go merck!” — Dustin Pedroia PHOENIX — The words from the Red Sox second baseman — directed at Baltimore minor leaguer Brett Bordes — for all intent and purposes punctuated Pedroia’s Monday.
Rob Bradford
01/21/2010 - 9:09pm
It was supposed to be the payoff for years of hard work and production. Instead, Jason Bay’s foray into free agency was nine months of chaos that still leaves the outfielder shaking his head.
Rob Bradford
01/20/2010 - 1:16am
There have been few surprises in Jonathan Papelbon's climb up the financial ladder. The closer promised to set the bar, delivered, and did all of it while still wearing a Red Sox uniform. Now comes the uncertainty.
Rob Bradford
01/18/2010 - 9:28am
By the time you read this, a deal could have been struck. Jonathan Papelbon very well might have already agreed to a contract that allows him to avoid arbitration for a second straight year. But if that hasn't happened yet ... well, things could get interesting.
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.
Rob Bradford
12/03/2009 - 1:01pm
Mike Lowell is on a quest for normalcy.
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.
Rob Bradford
10/13/2009 - 10:30am
It was just moments after the end of his first full season as a Red Sox.
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.
Rob Bradford
10/09/2009 - 4:53am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start.
Rob Bradford
10/08/2009 - 5:35am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They were perhaps the most important few days of the Red Sox’ season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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