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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
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.
Rob Bradford
10/03/2011 - 6:28am
The chaos will continue in the coming days.
Rob Bradford
09/29/2011 - 5:38am
BALTIMORE -- It's cliche to say nobody deserves the fate the 2011 Red Sox found themselves with. But that's not true. Many, for various reasons, did.
Rob Bradford
09/28/2011 - 3:07am
BALTIMORE -- Three seasons ago, it was because of a sick pitcher. Wednesday it will be due to an under-the-weather organization. Regardless, Jon Lester has once again been called upon to save the Sox.
Rob Bradford
09/27/2011 - 10:29am
BALTIMORE -- Do you know the last time the Red Sox won two games in a row? It was exactly one month ago.  All was seemingly right with the then first-place Sox upon completion of that two-game ball of fire, with Terry Francona's team carrying an 8 1/2 game lead on the floundering Rays.
Rob Bradford
09/23/2011 - 7:53am
Within the panic, in among the pennant race chaos, stands Adrian Gonzalez.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2011 - 12:46am
He was all that was left.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2011 - 7:32am
It was Aug. 17 and the Rays were leaving town having taken two out of three against the Red Sox. Still, reality had seemingly set in for Tampa Bay, which found itself eight games in back of the Sox in the chase for the wild card with 39 games left to play.
Rob Bradford
09/16/2011 - 3:24am
This is the Red Sox' chance. Forget the six straight losses to the Rays. Dismiss the 9-2 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Thursday night. And disregard the dwindling lead (now three games) in the Wild Card race. Now, it's all about finally getting off the ropes.
Rob Bradford
09/14/2011 - 7:26am
Tim Wakefield knows what he's doing.
Rob Bradford
09/13/2011 - 1:32am
The following is a look at where each member of the Red Sox (the same Red Sox who are now just three games ahead of the Rays in the Wild Card race) find themselves heading into the regular season's final 16 games:
Rob Bradford
09/09/2011 - 8:29am
TORONTO -- It wasn't exactly smothered with panic, but David Ortiz' comments after the Red Sox' latest loss did offer somewhat of a warning shot.
Rob Bradford
09/07/2011 - 3:05am
TORONTO -- Just two years earlier, Marco Scutaro found himself in a similar place to where he landed Tuesday night.
Rob Bradford
09/06/2011 - 8:59am
TORONTO -- Monday -- the day the Red Sox suffered a 1-0, 11-inning loss to the Blue Jays -- might end up being a memorable moment in this 2011 season. For Sox fans' sake, they better hope that isn't the case.
Rob Bradford
09/01/2011 - 7:14am
Conor Jackson's father, John, played Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden on the television series "JAG." That's not why the Red Sox acquired Jackson.
Rob Bradford
08/29/2011 - 2:23am
It took some time, but Josh Beckett has it all figured out. First, the topic of life after his current contract (which runs through the 2014 season): "I'll probably go year to year, because I don't want to be in any obligations," he said.
Rob Bradford
08/26/2011 - 6:23am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were no celebrations, and little reflection. The Red Sox were moving on.
Rob Bradford
08/25/2011 - 4:09am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It might have been a revelation for Red Sox followers, but the Carl Crawford of Wednesday night was nothing new to Tim Bogar.
Rob Bradford
08/24/2011 - 6:35am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can one player carry a team the likes of the Red Sox? Or how about two, or maybe three?
Rob Bradford
08/23/2011 - 4:32am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jarrod Saltalmacchia spoke the truth after the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Rangers Monday night. Question: Does this defeat, or the fact that the Rangers have now won all four of their meetings with the Sox this season, mean anything come October?
Rob Bradford
08/22/2011 - 2:51am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was one of a flood of introductions Boston had to Erik Bedard, most of which came before the pitcher even set foot down at Logan Airport.
Rob Bradford
08/20/2011 - 4:31am
KANSAS CITY -- How can somebody so unpredictable be so predictable? This is the riddle that follows Alfredo Aceves.


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MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

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LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

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Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig Breslow defends Tom Brady

Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview 04-23-17

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.

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Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C - Headlines with Kirk…

K&C - Headlines with Kirk 4-27-17

Kirk gives us today's headlines: John Kerry is switching islands. Jesse Watters makes odd comment about Ivanka Trump. Marty Walsh comments on the Boston 2024 book. Pre-NFL Draft talk.

K&C - Gerry would never have a gay lover in prison; Kirk's Twitter war with Jemele Hill 4-27-17

Hour 4. Kirk questions the show about whether or not anyone would have relations with another man while in prison. Jemele Hill threatened Kirk on Twitter, but did she delete her tweet?

K&C - Larry Army Jr. with K&C 4-27-17

Larry Army Jr., Kyle Kennedy's attorney, joins Kirk, Gerry and Meter to talk about yesterday's press conference and elaborate on a few of his comments.

OMF - Lou is pissed at Jo…

OMF - Lou is pissed at John Farrell, Jon Heyman, and the lack of baseball villains 4-27-17

Following the Sox loss to the Yankees, Lou comes out swinging on managers and writers alike.

OMF - Avery Bradley shuts down Jimmy Butler to seal Game 5 4-27-17

We waste no time picking apart Jimmy Butler and the Bulls after dropping a pivotal Game 5 to the Celtics. Butler's poor performance last night might have Glenn thinking twice about the C's pursuing Jimmy this off season...

OMF - ESPN is punting on hockey; Glenn dreams of Gordon Hayward, 4-26-17

HOUR 3 - ESPN layoffs continue. One time Fauria didn't know Sage Steele's name so he called her "Rashard." ESPN has pretty much decided to punt on hockey. Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler. Glenn dreams of the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in the offseason.

John Farrell goes in-dept…

John Farrell goes in-depth with Dale, Holley and Keefe on the Pedroia/Baltimore incident

We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.

Boston Globe's hit-piece on Brady's charitable donations has everybody talking

The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.

Sox/Yanks get rained out... final thoughts on Pedroia and David Price is back on Twitter

We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent,…

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

The Real K&C - Recapping …

The Real K&C - Recapping an epic day of Minihane meltdowns 4-26-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance

Two Outs with Buck and Reimer Ep 2: Is it appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez's sexuality?

Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.

Two Outs with Buck and Reimer Ep 1: Is Alex Reimer exploiting his sexuality to further his career?

Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.

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K&C- An epic Kirk rant on The Boston Globe and Brand X; The Kirk Minihane Show 4-26-17

Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.

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Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.

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K&C- Kirk and Gerry are out for The Globe; Reaction to Cyd Ziegler; Holley says the Globe would do the same story on David Ortiz 4-26-17

Hour 1. In a wild opening segment, Kirk and Gerry lash out at the Globe and Joe Sullivan. Reimer weighs in on Cyd Ziegler’s Hernandez take. Michael Holley thinks the Globe would do the same story on Ortiz as they did on Brady and Best Buddies.

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K&C- Rob Bradford defends…

K&C- Rob Bradford defends himself, says going to Ortiz’s event is an “investment”; Hernandez has no right to privacy 4-26-17

Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.

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K&C- Reimer weighs in on Hernandez’s lover; Headlines with Kirk; Bradford paid for his wife 4-26-17

Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.

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