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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
03/31/2009 - 12:32am
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- He made it. The Red Sox waved goodbye to Daisuke Matsuzaka last October, crossing their collective fingers and toes that the pitcher would some day return to their mound intact. It did, after all, take the better part of two seasons to discover the hurler who finished fourth in the 2008 Cy Young voting while kicking off the American League Championship Series with seven shutout innings. Gone was the endless collection of pitches, replaced by a tidy, three-pitch arsenal. And there was more.
Rob Bradford
03/30/2009 - 2:25am
(The following is a debate between Rob Bradford and Michael Felger regarding Felger's assertion that, if offered, the Red Sox shouldn't trade Clay Buchholz for Albert Pujols.)  
Rob Bradford
03/26/2009 - 12:48pm
So I was over at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday watching three-man weaves for four hours (otherwise known as workouts for the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen) and I had to wonder: If there weren’t those pieces of paper with numbers, lines, and the word “bracket” at the top, would anybody care about this happening? Villanova vs.  Duke. Pittsburgh vs. Xavier. The NCAA vs. good old fashioned New England sports apathy. Quite the matchups.
Rob Bradford
03/23/2009 - 12:48am
Daniel Bard made spring training a bit more palatable this year. Now the Red Sox are holding out hope he has a similar affect a few months down the road.   Sunday in Fort Myers the 23-year-old was officially notified his season will begin in the minor leagues. But it is not before leaving his legacy on this, the most innocuous of Red Sox training camps in recent memory.
Rob Bradford
03/18/2009 - 10:50pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He has had to take it slow. There was the postponement of a bullpen session. And his first two times throwing with fielders behind him came with minor leaguers wearing the gloves.  To those not knowing any better, the perception might be that Brad Penny has hit a road bump in a contract year. But truth be told, compared to last season, the path couldn't have been any smoother.
Rob Bradford
03/15/2009 - 9:25pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – What does it feel like? Jon Lester didn’t know. He had no idea exactly how it felt to be 25 years old with a guaranteed $30 million in the bank and no other professional concerns but to live the life of a major league pitcher until this weekend. After all, everybody talks about what it takes to get there, but few discuss exactly what happens when you’re actually there.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2009 - 11:08pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mike Lowell had doubts moments like Friday night might ever come, but they had little to do with his surgically-repaired right hip.   Lowell was fully aware of the scenario -- Mark Teixeira playing in the Red Sox home whites at City of Palms Park on March 13 and not having to forgo a three-hour bus trip from Tampa. With the fall-out of such a circumstance likely leading to Lowell making a spring training debut in either another uniform, or with a drastically different comfort level.  
Rob Bradford
03/02/2009 - 2:30am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – There was Dustin Pedroia, insisting he was all about the Boston Red Sox for the moment before going “international” starting Monday. Across the clubhouse stood David Ortiz, speaking to the pressures facing the Dominicans participating in the World Baseball Classic.
Rob Bradford
02/27/2009 - 9:46pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Smoltz couldn’t do much, so what he did was witness what he calls “the most amazing thing I’ve ever watched.”  
Rob Bradford
02/24/2009 - 3:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The question: “How have you changed since coming to Boston?” The answer from J.D. Drew is frustratingly non-committal – a fact that, in its own way, reveals a great deal about the outfielder. “It’s hard to say,” Drew mused. “Everybody changes at some level every year at some level, different league, different team, things like that.”
Rob Bradford
02/20/2009 - 2:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The moisture from the ice bag had left its mark on David Ortiz’s left shoulder. The source of it – sleeping on his side the wrong way, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona – was no big deal, said the DH. Although the shoulder was trending to be the topic of the day, Ortiz chose to point out the fact there were no such questions about either his surgically-repaired right knee, or problematic wrist.
Rob Bradford
02/17/2009 - 2:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- About four weeks into his offseason workouts, Dustin Pedroia had an epiphany. He had already won a Gold Glove and American League MVP while adding a $40 million contract to the mix. But, as Pedroia is often quick to acknowledge, every little bit of motivation goes a long way.
Rob Bradford
02/15/2009 - 5:25pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He sat on the back porch of his rented spring training home, overlooking the kind of pond that litters almost every Florida golf course community. Risa, the dog of the house, is scratching at the screen door, trying to get out. The entrance way is finally opened, but with some trepidation.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2009 - 8:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Are you optimistic?” Mike Lowell’s answer is swift and definitive. “Absolutely.” While whispers, guesses, and proclamations born out of both have been circulated in regards to Lowell’s offseason, there has always been one piece of the equation that has been missing – the player’s own voice. Until now.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2009 - 8:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Are you optimistic?” Mike Lowell’s answer is swift and definitive. “Absolutely.” While whispers, guesses, and proclamations born out of both have been circulated in regards to Lowell’s offseason, there has always been one piece of the equation that has been missing – the player’s own voice. Until now.
Rob Bradford
02/04/2009 - 4:11am
Let’s get this out of the way – the Red Sox still have not begun any sort of talks with Jason Bay and his agent, Joe Urbon, regarding any sort of contract extension. Yet.
Rob Bradford
02/04/2009 - 4:11am
Let’s get this out of the way – the Red Sox still have not begun any sort of talks with Jason Bay and his agent, Joe Urbon, regarding any sort of contract extension. Yet.
Rob Bradford
01/22/2009 - 3:54pm
  The viewpoints of Nick Scherer and the Red Sox weren’t all that different.   “When I think of a great pitcher,” said Director of Operations for the Georgia Tech baseball team, “I think of John Smoltz.”   On a sunny, early December day in Atlanta, Scherer and the Red Sox met up on a collegiate baseball field to be reminded why such opinions exist. It was the Georgia Tech coach who caught Smoltz’s pitches, and it was Sox pitching
Rob Bradford
01/14/2009 - 4:03pm
The viewpoints of Nick Scherer and the Red Sox weren’t all that different. “When I think of a great pitcher,” said Director of Operations for the Georgia Tech baseball team, “I think of John Smoltz.”
Rob Bradford
01/01/2009 - 6:32am
As we sit in the front entrance to 2009, it is difficult to predict a championship for any Boston pro team. Sure, there is optimism with the Celtics and Bruins each living life atop their respective divisions, and the Red Sox figuring to be at least competitive in the upper-echelon of Major League Baseball's power rankings. But until that next title comes our way, it is the memory of the Celtics' playoff run of 2008 which we will have to bask in for now. Who would have thought?
Rob Bradford
12/29/2008 - 2:37am
Tom Brady went down, Matt Cassel stepped up. In many respects, this could have been the No. 1 'Thing We Wouldn't Shut Up About' in other years. You are talking about arguably the best player in the game of football having his knee ripped apart by a Bernard Pollard hit in the first game of the season, the replacement--who looked entirely mediocre in the preseason--making his first start since high school, and then that player, Cassel, turning out to be one of the best in the NFL by season's end.
Rob Bradford
12/15/2008 - 1:39pm
When Mark Teixeira sat with Red Sox officials recently -- soaking in the recruiting process that comes with living the life as one of baseball’s biggest free agent prizes – it ended a separation of more than 10 years many believed would never be reconciled.
Rob Bradford
12/09/2008 - 1:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
12/04/2008 - 1:39pm
It was August 12 and Dustin Pedroia’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, had ventured to Fenway Park to talk contract for their player. The meeting was far from the first of its kind. The Red Sox had shown interest in locking up their second baseman the offseason before, and continued to sporadically broach the subject with Pedroia’s representatives as the 2008 season unfolded. Both sides had carved out a sense of familiarity.
Rob Bradford
12/01/2008 - 1:39pm
  Here they are, at the kind of crossroads few thought they would be seeing quite so soon.


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