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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.

 
COLUMNS
Rob Bradford
03/13/2014 - 12:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The uncomfortable reality of what awaits David Ortiz has cropped up in these early days of spring training. And don't think for a moment the Red Sox designated hitter hasn't taken notice.
Rob Bradford
03/10/2014 - 12:36am
BRADENTON, Fla. -- It's been more than four months now, so why stop here? Question (paraphrased): "Are you surprised Stephen Drew is still out there?" Answer: "I really don’t have anything to say about him. He’s a free agent. That’s where it stands."
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 7:49pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "I’m sure you guys will know before I do on anything that happens. But nothing has gone on recently."
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 8:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For some, the bandage might represent a whole new level of anxiety for an already anxious time. Injuries during contract years -- even in the early days of spring training -- can paint an uncomfortable picture. The player knows he needs a good year to get that next deal, and any bump in the road makes for some out-of-the-game uneasiness.
Rob Bradford
03/04/2014 - 6:56am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looking for another Red Sox captain? Don't hold your breath. "I'm not even the captain of my own house," quipped Dustin Pedroia.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2014 - 8:15am
The questions revolved around his health, his preparation and even his weight. But not once during his mini-media session outside JetBlue Park Monday did Clay Buchholz talk about his contract. (That would come a bit later.)
Rob Bradford
02/09/2014 - 11:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- And so it begins for Grady Sizemore.
Rob Bradford
01/23/2014 - 8:45am
The man who got Larry Bird to Barcelona has gone a long way to bringing a former All-Star outfielder to Boston.
Rob Bradford
01/02/2014 - 1:55am
It's been almost nine months since that tragic day. The sting of the bombings at the Boston Marathon still lingers. It's a feeling that won't go away, and surely will be brought even closer to the surface when the 2014 race is run.
Rob Bradford
12/17/2013 - 8:39am
It's not even Christmas. We get it.
Rob Bradford
12/10/2013 - 9:10am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- They all seemed happy. Ashley Saltalamacchia, Jarrod's wife, appeared pleased. As did the couple's three daughters. And the catcher's agent, Jim Munsey, smiled the smile of a man who had pleasantly concluded a month of negotiations.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2013 - 8:24am
CC Sabathia. Ivan Nova. David Phelps. Michael Pineda. Adam Warren. Jacoby Ellsbury, here is your new starting rotation.
Rob Bradford
11/18/2013 - 10:23am
So far, he has been their most valuable player. Daniel Nava won't win any sort of hardware for earning the title of offseason MVP. Earning honors for your exploits between April and October usually lead to more formal recognition. But don't think for a minute that some very important people haven't taken notice of Nava's contributions thus far this month.
Rob Bradford
11/13/2013 - 8:03am
ORLANDO -- The question was asked of one baseball executive amidst the hubbub in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes at the general managers' meetings Tuesday night. "What would David Ortiz get for a contract if he were a free agent right now?"
Rob Bradford
11/11/2013 - 2:59am
ORLANDO -- Yes, we get it: The general managers' meetings will be setting the stage for this baseball offseason. But, in reality, it could be much, much more than just a warm-up act.
Rob Bradford
11/02/2013 - 1:32am
Jon Lester knew the reality when talking to WEEI.com back in spring training.
Rob Bradford
10/30/2013 - 2:41am
The Red Sox are one win away from winning a World Series championship.
Rob Bradford
10/29/2013 - 9:26am
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Napoli was asked some peculiar questions Monday night.
Rob Bradford
10/28/2013 - 6:37am
ST. LOUIS -- This wasn't Pedro Martinez, circa 1999 playoffs in Cleveland. Not really even close. In terms of abbreviated excellence, that six inning stint of no-hit relief is the standard-bearer. But it was admirable, just the same.
Rob Bradford
10/28/2013 - 5:41am
ST. LOUIS -- You know what these 2013 Red Sox hadn't had? A team meeting.
Rob Bradford
10/25/2013 - 11:58am
  Jake Peavy has pitched in some notable spots. You throw 31,827 major league pitches, finding yourself in at least a few big-stage moments is almost inevitable. But Peavy has never been faced with what awaits him in St. Louis on Saturday.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2013 - 5:56am
Jon Lester didn't want to hear it on that bench in Fort Myers in February.
Rob Bradford
10/22/2013 - 1:26am
Jose Oquendo couldn't have known. Same thing goes for J.D. Drew. It was just supposed to be a couple of summers with two brothers hanging out for a few months. One was a big league ballplayer for the St. Louis Cardinals, the other a kid fresh off graduating from Lowndes County (Ga.) High School.
Rob Bradford
10/18/2013 - 7:08am
"You know how it is in the playoffs. The manager is always going to throw the best horses out there." -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz


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NFL Sunday - the offseaso…

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston/ESPN NFL Nation, joins DIckerson and Price on NFL Sunday 3-29-15

Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.

We Love Anthony Davis - C…

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen with Joe Castiglione and Alex Speier in the booth

Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.

Hot Stove Show 03-26-15

Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.

Joe Kelly talks about his biceps and brackets

Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.

Peter Chiarelli, Boston B…

Peter Chiarelli, Boston Bruins GM, joins DJ Bean, Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn on Sunday Skate 3-29-15

Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.

unday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.

Answer the question Kirk …

Answer the question Kirk 3-27-15

The latest edition of the highly rated segment.

Lisa Scherber on the Jimmy Fund trip to spring training 3-27-15

The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.

Harlan Coben on his new book The Stranger 3-27-15

D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.

Three For All - More from…

Three For All - More from Christian the Goalie. 3-27-15

We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.

Aloha Friday - Christian's Dog finds a Happy Home. 3-27-15

After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.

Ted Daniel, FOX25: Hernandez's fiance takes the stand. 3-27-15

During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.

David Ortiz goes on the o…

David Ortiz goes on the offensive, why is he still one of the most polarizing athletes in Boston?

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.

Aaron Hernandez' fiancee takes the stand in for the first time in this murder trial

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.

Bruins play well, but not well enough to overcome bad breaks

Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.

Chris Price joins Mike Mu…

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky

Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

Mut's rant over the Jets filing tampering charges

Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots

Lucy the Textress is back

Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.

Wrestlecast: History of W…

Wrestlecast: History of Wrestlemania part 3

Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.

Wrestlecast: Wrestlemania Preview

Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

Answer the question Kirk …

Answer the question Kirk 3-27-15

The latest edition of the highly rated segment.

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