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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
04/05/2010 - 12:44am
Some Red Sox reaction following their 9-7, Opening Night win over the Yankees Sunday night at Fenway Park (video courtesy Joe Zarbano):
Rob Bradford
04/04/2010 - 12:13am
As Mike Lowell packed his Red Sox uniforms before heading out of City of Palms Park on Friday, he understood the uncertainty.
Rob Bradford
04/01/2010 - 1:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's only a few days before the first pitch of the baseball season and Mike Lowell is still a member of the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
03/30/2010 - 3:15pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett had no idea about the reports, the ones that stated that the Red Sox have a four-year deal on the table, and that the team was reluctant to go five years because of concerns regarding his right shoulder.
Rob Bradford
03/25/2010 - 6:51am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Jason Bay’s description of Josh Beckett last season was almost-epitaph-worthy.
Rob Bradford
03/15/2010 - 6:08am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Now, halfway through the month of March, we can take stock of what the Red Sox have presented through their 2010 spring training thus far. First, a look at the pitchers:
Rob Bradford
03/12/2010 - 7:20am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Jason Bay had last faced John Lackey on Oct. 8, 2009, in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series. 
Rob Bradford
03/09/2010 - 7:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Farrell summed it up succinctly.
Rob Bradford
03/02/2010 - 7:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terry Francona didn’t hold back in his analysis.
Rob Bradford
03/01/2010 - 2:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The golf playing on the enormous flat-screen. The tobacco entrenched in the bottom lip. And the bare feet propped up on a stool in front of him. It all screamed comfort.
Rob Bradford
02/23/2010 - 2:07am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz told Joba Chamberlain his thoughts on the matter.
Rob Bradford
02/19/2010 - 2:15am
  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 - 1:21am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell isn’t blind to what awaits.
Rob Bradford
02/03/2010 - 1:25am
  “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 - 8:09pm
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 - 12:16am
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 - 8:28am
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 - 7:56am
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 - 3:02am
NEW YORK — The Red Sox and Adrian Beltre had come close before.
Rob Bradford
12/20/2009 - 9:33am
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 - 7:09am
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 - 12:01pm
Mike Lowell is on a quest for normalcy.
Rob Bradford
12/01/2009 - 1:58am
NEW ORLEANS -- The scene made the movie “Jerry Maguire” look like a warm-up act.
Rob Bradford
11/11/2009 - 7:57am
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 - 4:07am
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.


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Chandler Jones avoids the…

Chandler Jones avoids the noise, 1-26-15

Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

Julian Edelman talks about Coach Belichick's press conference, 1-26-15

Patriots WR Julian Edelman told MFB "It just goes to show how smart our coach is, that he would do a full, high-school science experiment." He also spoke about Super Bowl 49 and what the Patriot wide-outs need to do to beat a talented Seattle secondary.

NFL Sunday - "Deflategate" ... Is this about Roger Goodell vs Bill Belichick? 1-25-15

The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.

We Love Anthony Daivs - N…

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks about the Rondo trade 12-19-14

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

John Farrell with Mut and…

John Farrell with Mut and Bradford, 1-24-15

The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.

Joe Kelly and Pablo Sandoval make predictions for 2015, 1-24-15

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.

Hot Stove Show 01-15-15

Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

Pierre McGuire discusses …

Pierre McGuire discusses Rule-Breaking in the NHL 1-22-15

Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports: "Bruins are an unbelievably team to play against" 1-15-15

Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: American Sniper 1-26-15

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

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.

Former Panthers GM Marty …

Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney - “If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” 1-26-15

Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.

Three For All - SNL does Brady/Belichick Press Conference Parody, 1-26-15

Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.

Chandler Jones avoids the noise, 1-26-15

Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

Michael Irvin on Tom Brad…

Michael Irvin on Tom Brady character assassination - "I find that sickening"

We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

Trying to move past Deflategate and talk football with CSNNE's Tom E Curran

We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE

How much more balls take can we possibly take?

Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.

The other what if...

The other what if...

A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?

The day footballs lost air pressure and the game lost integrity?

Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

Mut and Lenny don't know what to make of deflategate

Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.

WrestleCast - Royal Rumbl…

WrestleCast - Royal Rumble Preview Part 2

Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Are sports better in the stadium or on TV?

Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

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Michael Irvin on Tom Brad…

Michael Irvin on Tom Brady character assassination - "I find that sickening"

We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

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Bill Belichick comes out …

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.

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Tim Hasselbeck says Tom B…

Tim Hasselbeck says Tom Brady had to know about deflated balls 1-23-15

Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.

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Trying to move past Defla…

Trying to move past Deflategate and talk football with CSNNE's Tom E Curran

We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE

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