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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
08/11/2014 - 1:34am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Red Sox most likely wouldn't have won Sunday without Yoenis Cespedes.
Rob Bradford
08/10/2014 - 6:01am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It is, and will be, the most important -- and fascinating -- aspect of the season's final seven weeks.  Who will play center field for the 2015 Red Sox?
Rob Bradford
08/08/2014 - 1:04am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jon Lester seems to really like playing in Boston.
Rob Bradford
08/06/2014 - 7:18am
There is that narrative out there, the one that suggests that Jon Lester was only expressing his unbridled desire to remain a member of the Red Sox as a public relations ploy.
Rob Bradford
07/31/2014 - 3:00am
Few were in the mood to talk. Truth be told, it seemed like few were in the mood to play baseball. What was left of the residue from a 2013 championship season was about to be washed away.
Rob Bradford
07/29/2014 - 2:53am
David Ortiz is hoping. He's not alone in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
07/25/2014 - 1:43am
As of Thursday, the idea of Jon Lester remaining with the Red Sox in 2015 seemed more unlikely than ever.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2014 - 2:48am
TORONTO -- Jake Peavy wanted this to work. The Red Sox wanted this to work.
Rob Bradford
07/22/2014 - 10:35am
TORONTO -- There are turnarounds, and then there are turnarounds.
Rob Bradford
07/21/2014 - 9:02am
TORONTO -- Winning the Cy Young Award in a contract year. It wouldn't be historic, but it certainly would offer a powerful punctuation.
Rob Bradford
07/19/2014 - 12:30am
You will be hard-pressed to find anybody in the Red Sox clubhouse who will admit it.
Rob Bradford
07/17/2014 - 8:37am
News flash: Age is a tricky thing. Hard for front offices to figure, and difficult for players (and sometimes agents) to accept. Look around that American League All-Star team's clubhouse Tuesday and all kind of reminders of the aforementioned uncertainty could be found. For instance ...
Rob Bradford
07/16/2014 - 2:11am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball needs to make up its mind.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2014 - 12:44am
MINNEAPOLIS -- "What happened to the Red Sox?" As the media started to descend on Target Field Sunday for the All-Star Game festivities, it was a question that was relayed every time John Farrell's team entered into conversation. The answer?
Rob Bradford
07/13/2014 - 12:06am
They don't want to let go of hope. That much was evident just by listening to Jake Peavy's final remarks of the day following the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to Houston Saturday.
Rob Bradford
07/10/2014 - 4:07am
It had a really good chance of being bad when it started. By the end, it was worse than anybody could have expected.
Rob Bradford
07/07/2014 - 12:10am
So you think the Jon Lester conversation has been occasionally spicy so far? Well, dig in. One week from Monday it's going next-level, the kind of scene that can be uncomfortable for some heading into the final months of their contract. And you know what? That probably will be OK with Lester. 
Rob Bradford
07/01/2014 - 5:06am
Yes, Jake Arietta was good. Very good. Almost no-hitter kind of good. But that doesn't really matter. 
Rob Bradford
06/25/2014 - 4:53am
SEATTLE -- It's time to start turning over this team.
Rob Bradford
06/24/2014 - 5:57am
SEATTLE -- We should have known better.
Rob Bradford
06/19/2014 - 9:06am
Here comes Oakland. Here comes a reality check. The Red Sox are about to face the best team in the American League for four games. The A's are good. Good at pitching. Good at hitting. Good at winning.
Rob Bradford
06/16/2014 - 11:51pm
I like baseball a lot. At 8 p.m. Monday, I liked soccer better. This wasn't intended. When I walked into the Fenway Park press box just before 6 p.m. (or 7 p.m., Natal, Brazil, time) my focus was solely on looking up Tony Gwynn's 1994 batting average and learning what was on the media dining room menu.
Rob Bradford
06/16/2014 - 7:44am
So, why did Jon Lester make that comment? What exactly does "hometown discount" mean?
Rob Bradford
06/11/2014 - 4:07am
BALTIMORE -- The question to Dustin Pedroia was simple. "Do you think you guys can win the World Series?"
Rob Bradford
06/09/2014 - 5:35am
DETROIT -- The home run won the game. Let's get that out of the way.


Audio On Demand

Patriot Matthew Slater wi…

Patriot Matthew Slater with Dale and Holley

We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player…

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15

Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Joe Kelly Player Of The Game Interview 8-29-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines Hulk Hogan apologizes 9-1-15

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

What's next with Brady and Goodell? 9-1-15

Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.

Tom E. Curran on Goodell 9-1-15

Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.

Jay Feely talks about wha…

Jay Feely talks about what was said in the robing room, 9-1-15

Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.

Three For All - Former Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie rats out Tyler Seguin, 9-1-15

Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.

Shannon Sharpe compares Tom Brady to Alex Rodriguez, 9-1-15

Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.

Hurry up and wait. No dec…

Hurry up and wait. No decision from Judge Berman, reiterates end of the week deadline

We discuss the latest from Judge Berman in the deflategate case, and what it might mean.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 09-01-15

We close out the Dale and Holley program with some of the best sound of the day that you may have missed.

Integrity... it's the name of the game. Except when it isn't

We discuss the NFL's insistence and inconsistency when they continue to rely on the term 'integrity' throughout this deflategate process.

Chris Mortensen made some…

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

#RedSox Farm Report Podca…

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast featuring MLB.com's Jim Callis - what does Dave Dombrowski do with the Farm?

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.

Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

The Big O returns to WEEI…

The Big O returns to WEEI 8-31-15

The Big O announces his return to WEEI.

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David Portnoy from Barsto…

David Portnoy from Barstool outside the courthouse 8-31-15

Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.

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Chris Mortensen reports 1…

Chris Mortensen reports 11 of 12 footballs were under-inflated in AFC Championship; callers react with Mut, 1-20-15

Chris Mortensen, ESPN, reports on Twitter that the "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources." He went on SportsCenter to talk about his report. Mut and his callers reacted to the breaking news

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Butch & Bradfo on Tom Bra…

Butch & Bradfo on Tom Brady's Friday performance; and the most interesting person in Butch's phone contacts

Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.

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The Fantasy Football Hour…

The Fantasy Football Hour with Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson - 8-30-15

Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.

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