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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
04/29/2013 - 12:49pm
Jon Lester spoke for more than a few players in the Red Sox clubhouse last August when he uttered these words regarding potential free agents choosing Boston:
Rob Bradford
04/27/2013 - 12:09am
This new lot in life seems to be fitting Mike Napoli just fine.
Rob Bradford
04/25/2013 - 1:11am
"In 10 years, this is the way everybody is going to be doing it." -- A major league general manager, April 2003
Rob Bradford
04/22/2013 - 2:53am
Will Middlebrooks, and those who have been watching him, might have been blinded by the moment. The third baseman had gone 0-for-5 in the Red Sox' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Royals on Sunday night. It completed Kansas City's sweep in a doubleheader in which Middlebrooks went 1-for-9.
Rob Bradford
04/17/2013 - 7:49am
They went 180 degrees in the other direction when 10 or 20 would have sufficed.
Rob Bradford
04/15/2013 - 8:44am
The numbers are striking.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2013 - 8:31pm
So, was it worth it? Friday would have marked the moment the Red Sox could have called up Jackie Bradley while guaranteeing that his free agent eligibility would not arrive until after the 2019 season, as opposed to following '18, if they had chosen to start the outfielder in the minors.
Rob Bradford
04/11/2013 - 2:36am
Remember when Keith Foulke came to the Red Sox?
Rob Bradford
04/08/2013 - 12:26am
TORONTO -- Monday, the venue represents the best of the old and the promise of the future. It's Opening Day at Fenway Park.
Rob Bradford
04/06/2013 - 1:57am
TORONTO -- The hand went to the brim of the cap. The cap was raised off the head and presented to the crowd. And then the cap went back on the head.
Rob Bradford
04/02/2013 - 7:52am
NEW YORK -- Two sentences were all Jonny Gomes needed to perfectly sum up where the Red Sox stood with this Jackie Bradley situation following the rookie's first big league game.
Rob Bradford
03/31/2013 - 1:39am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was two days before Jon Lester would stake claim to his third straight Opening Day start.
Rob Bradford
03/29/2013 - 7:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jackie Bradley is most likely going to spend Opening Day as a major leaguer.  The 22-year-old outfielder with just 138 professional games under his belt, having been drafted only 20 months before, is a few days away from breaking camp with the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
03/28/2013 - 7:40am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Decisions, decisions. The Red Sox have had to face the toughest of tough choices in recent days, attempting to whittle their roster down to the 25 players who will be relied on come Opening Day.
Rob Bradford
03/21/2013 - 8:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The relative youth of Jackie Bradley Jr. seemed like somewhat of a novelty. That was until David Ortiz put it in perspective. "What were you doing when you were 22?"
Rob Bradford
03/20/2013 - 7:52am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He wasn't supposed to be in this situation.
Rob Bradford
03/18/2013 - 9:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two days after Josh Beckett left Boston, heading for Los Angeles, one of the pitcher's closest friend on the team, John Lackey, defined the situation.
Rob Bradford
03/16/2013 - 11:47pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "He's erudite."
Rob Bradford
03/15/2013 - 7:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There have been plenty of lessons to draw from.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2013 - 12:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It might be for a week into the season, two weeks, or longer.
Rob Bradford
03/10/2013 - 8:08am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon knows when it comes to Mariano Rivera, there can be no duplication.
Rob Bradford
03/08/2013 - 9:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few years ago, David Ortiz offered this all-too-true statement: "The last time I checked, they don't put spring training stats on the back of baseball cards." He was right on.
Rob Bradford
02/28/2013 - 3:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Rob Bradford
02/24/2013 - 11:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Maybe it would be winning another Most Valuable Player award. Or perhaps it could be career highs in this or that statistical category. How about the Hall of Fame? Dustin Pedroia will have none of it.
Rob Bradford
02/19/2013 - 11:02pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard's well-publicized 'reset button' officially gets pushed Thursday.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Peter King of MMQB with Dale and Holley

We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Joe Torre forgets The Boss 7-28-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Three For All: Easy College Classes 7-28-14

The guys discuss their easiest college classes.

With Revis and Browner, should the Patriots Defense be more aggressive? 7-28-14

After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis

Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Red Sox Mistakes - 7-28-14

We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Ian Browne reflects on 10th anniversary of Red Sox-Yankees brawl

A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

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David Ortiz offends the R…

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

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Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

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