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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
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
Rob Bradford
10/17/2013 - 5:22am
DETROIT -- It's not going to solve everything.
Rob Bradford
10/16/2013 - 3:49am
DETROIT -- Names.
Rob Bradford
10/14/2013 - 4:04am
There were plenty of doubters in Fenway Park Sunday night. The circumstances -- down by four runs in the eighth inning of a game hardly soaked in optimism for the hosts -- nurtured such skepticism. Surely, then, the players felt the same creeping uncertainty? 
Rob Bradford
10/10/2013 - 8:55am
For the players, it’s not the priority. Winning is. But in the downtime -- when strategy and analysis are put on pause -- the conversations regarding how the postseason might affect the free agent market do, indeed, surface. What do these playoff performances mean to the price tags?
Rob Bradford
10/09/2013 - 5:20am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Farrell had every right to miss out on some shut-eye Monday night leading into Tuesday morning.
Rob Bradford
10/08/2013 - 4:23am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The conversation will begin.  What if …
Rob Bradford
10/03/2013 - 7:33am
Leave it to Craig Breslow -- the guy from Yale -- to simplify what most are identifying as the most complex situation facing the Red Sox heading into their postseason existence.
Rob Bradford
09/27/2013 - 9:15am
BALTIMORE -- It's an obvious answer to an obvious question. Did Jon Lester feel anxious making his first start in the playoffs?
Rob Bradford
09/25/2013 - 4:54am
DENVER -- This will be nothing new for Dustin Pedroia.
Rob Bradford
09/24/2013 - 7:00am
DENVER -- Last year, there was something new seemingly every day.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2013 - 10:00am
Exactly four years ago Thursday -- the last time the Red Sox were definitively planning for a postseason run -- the landscape was a bit different. 
Rob Bradford
09/11/2013 - 2:17am
"I said it from Jump Street, I’m not going to go out there and do something that’s going to cost me the rest of the season. I want to be 100 percent the next time I get on a mound, so that’s what I’m going to do." -- Clay Buchholz the day before the All-Star Game
Rob Bradford
09/05/2013 - 10:02am
David Ortiz stood at second base Wednesday night, taking a break from his three-hit night to tip his hat to theFenway Park crowd.
Rob Bradford
09/02/2013 - 9:49am
When John Farrell was asked about Koji Uehara, two sentences from the manager offered the highest compliment a closer might receive.
Rob Bradford
08/22/2013 - 11:30pm
LOS ANGELES -- One year from Sunday. That's when Josh Beckett's life took what the pitcher views as a much-needed turn.
Rob Bradford
08/21/2013 - 5:02am
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Red Sox are having a difficult time keeping momentum on their side these days. 
Rob Bradford
08/16/2013 - 8:48am
TORONTO -- John Farrell won't hesitate in revealing his answer to the question, "What is the toughest part of managing?" "Managing the bullpen," the Red Sox skipper said.
Rob Bradford
08/14/2013 - 2:51am
TORONTO -- During most postgame media sessions, Red Sox manager John Farrell will turn a specific question into some sort of synopsis for what transpired throughout the entire game. Tuesday night was no different.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2013 - 8:46am
KANSAS CITY -- Blanche Peavy's experience when it came to hitting a ball with a bat boiled down to some sandlot baseball, and a little late-in-life fast-pitch softball. That didn't matter to his grandson. Jake Peavy always turned to his 'Paw Paw' in times of need.
Rob Bradford
08/10/2013 - 5:34am
KANSAS CITY -- It was just one of a clubhouse full of ice packs wandering throughout the Red Sox' clubhouse Friday night after their 9-6 loss to the Royals. But Shane Victorino's bandages perhaps best represented the current plight of this team.


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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!

Schilling vs. Awful Annou…

Schilling vs. Awful Announcing 9-2-15

Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.

Mike Florio on Brady vs, the NFL 9-2-15

Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines Chris Christie loves Bruce 9-2-15

The top stories of the day.

Christian gives some cold…

Christian gives some cold advice to Tom Brady, 9-2-15

Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.

Jerod Mayo talks about "cut-down" day, 9-2-15

Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.

What is Judge Berman waiting for? 9-2-15

Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?

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.

SoccerCast - Premier Leag…

SoccerCast - Premier League transfer grades, 9-2-15

With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.

#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!

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 Barstool outside the courthouse 8-31-15

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Michael McCann with the latest on Brady vs Goodell 9-1-15

McCann gave us his thoughts on yesterday's proceedings.

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