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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
11/18/2008 - 10:18am
Alex Speier and Rob Bradford go toe-to-toe to determine whether Dustin Pedroia or Kevin Youkilis is more deserving of the American League MVP award.
Rob Bradford
11/17/2008 - 1:39pm
Did anybody notice that Daisuke Matsuzaka was deemed the fourth-best pitcher in the American League for the 2008 season by those casting ballots for the Cy Young Award? Were you paying attention to the reality that the Red Sox starter had a 5-1 record with a 3.25 ERA against American League East foes, won 18 games, finished with a 2.90 ERA, and held opponents to the lowest batting average of any starting pitcher in the big leagues?
Rob Bradford
11/14/2008 - 1:39pm
Speier: Moss is still the man
Rob Bradford
11/08/2008 - 1:39pm
 CBS play-by-play man Dick Enberg called the ability of New England's wide receivers to toe the sidelines “delicious.” If you’re a fan of the Patriots, that was virtually the only thing that created an uneasy feeling after your team’s 20-10 win over Buffalo on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Rob Bradford
11/07/2008 - 1:39pm
You might think life is starting to get good again for Dustin Pedroia.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2008 - 12:39pm
It seemed like the perfect place to watch Game 7. For Mike Lowell and his wife, Bertha, the New York City bar resided just a few blocks from the hospital where he would be undergoing surgery the next day. And the fact that just about the only six people in the place were Red Sox fans offered an even greater sense of affirmation. “People were in there wearing Red Sox hats and t-shirts,” Lowell said. “It was awesome.”
Rob Bradford
10/22/2008 - 12:39pm
Josh Beckett wanted to keep it a mystery.
Rob Bradford
10/19/2008 - 12:39pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – It was a familiar progression – Hideki Okajima, to Justin Masterson, to Jonathan Papelbon. But while Saturday night’s chain of events might have seemed to be kicked off with a less-than-100 percent Josh Beckett’s limitations, it truly began months ago. In reality, the Red Sox’ bullpen defining moment might have been born the minute Houston’s Reggie Abercrombie took an Okajima pitch over the Minute Maid Park wall way back on June 27.
Rob Bradford
10/19/2008 - 12:39pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Josh Beckett sat at his locker having pitched what on the surface appeared to be an innocuous five innings and just before getting through an even more forgettable post-game press conference.
Rob Bradford
10/17/2008 - 12:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
10/14/2008 - 12:39pm
Tuesday night, Tim Wakefield will get another shot … this time cortisone-free. He has been here before, a season ago, serving as the primary element separating the Red Sox from an unenviable 3-1 series deficit in the American League Championship Series. As he prepares this time around, the events which unfolded during and after the last opportunity are still fresh in the Red Sox’ pitcher’s mind …
Rob Bradford
10/13/2008 - 12:39pm
Nothing has changed. Nothing had changed … except for the results. Josh Beckett’s workouts leading up to the most recent start hadn’t changed one bit, throwing the exact same number of pitches in his side session as he always did, and going through the physical regimen that had separated himself from his contemporaries.
Rob Bradford
10/12/2008 - 12:39pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Justin Masterson hasn’t known Jonathan Papelbon long, and hadn’t even witnessed the Red Sox closer do his postseason thing until just over a week ago. But it was Masterson, the relief-pitching protégé, who took aim at describing his mentor in front of a gathering of media members following the Red Sox’ 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and nailed a bulls-eye.
Rob Bradford
10/10/2008 - 12:39pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Von Hayes tried saving us all.
Rob Bradford
10/08/2008 - 12:39pm
Alex Speier was the captain of the Harvard debate team (no kidding), but Rob Bradford has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Glen Ordway and Michael Felger on the airwaves of WEEI. You be the judge which is better prepared to present their argument as to who will win the upcoming American League Championship Series, with Bradford picking the Red Sox, and Speier going with the Rays. Let the banter begin ...
Rob Bradford
10/07/2008 - 12:39pm
When sitting down to dissect what awaited them against the Angels in the American League Division Series, the Red Sox brass made a miscalculation. “One thing we screwed up,” said Sox general manger Theo Epstein, “was we couldn’t get air conditioning in our hotel room.” Other than that, it was hard to find fault in the Red Sox’ game-plan.
Rob Bradford
10/03/2008 - 12:39pm
ANAHEIM – The ball hit the mitt and the pain shot through his nine-year-old left arm.
Rob Bradford
10/02/2008 - 12:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
09/29/2008 - 12:39pm
Red Sox finish season with 95 wins
Rob Bradford
09/26/2008 - 12:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
09/23/2008 - 12:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
09/18/2008 - 12:39pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Rob Bradford
09/15/2008 - 12:39pm
 
Rob Bradford
09/11/2008 - 12:39pm
The days after February 24 became uncomfortable for Terry Francona. The Red Sox manager had been presented a three-year, $12 million extension, with the two team option years that could potentially add $8.75 million more. For Francona, the initial feeling was “this is pretty cool.” Then came the uneasiness.
Rob Bradford
09/09/2008 - 12:39pm
n a team that has the spotlight splashed down on it at every turn, Coco Crisp managed to stay in the shadows for much of this season.


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