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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
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.
Rob Bradford
06/04/2014 - 2:09am
CLEVELAND -- If there was ever a night that highlighted one of the Red Sox' biggest problems, it was this one.
Rob Bradford
06/03/2014 - 1:19am
CLEVELAND -- Every start says something. But, as Justin Masterson explained after his win over the Red Sox on Monday night, that doesn't mean he has to listen.
Rob Bradford
06/02/2014 - 1:42am
CLEVELAND -- It's going pretty well for the Red Sox. Seven straight wins kind of well. So why change?
Rob Bradford
05/28/2014 - 4:17am
ATLANTA -- The process is nothing new.
Rob Bradford
05/27/2014 - 12:30am
ATLANTA -- Juan Nieves said this about Clay Buchholz Monday: "We're not expecting him to be Cy Young."
Rob Bradford
05/26/2014 - 1:00am
ATLANTA -- One Red Sox player walking out of Tropicana Field this weekend surfaced the reality that has come to the forefront courtesy this 10-game losing streak.
Rob Bradford
05/19/2014 - 1:57am
It's time. The Red Sox should make their move on Stephen Drew (whatever that move might be). It might not work out, but it will be worth a try. At this point, they need to try something.
Rob Bradford
05/16/2014 - 7:49am
Joe Maddon put it best. "It's kind of getting freaky," said the Tampa Bay manager. It is bizarre. No question about it.
Rob Bradford
05/14/2014 - 9:34am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most of these Bruins know what they're getting into Wednesday night when it comes to their decisive showdown with the Canadiens at TD Garden. This collection has had its share of Game 7 crossroads before.
Rob Bradford
05/12/2014 - 7:54am
As we sit here, Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Rob Bradford
05/08/2014 - 2:31am
By the time Will Middlebrooks' single found its way through the Reds infield, giving the Red Sox a lead they would never relinquish, Jake Peavy already found himself back in the
Rob Bradford
05/01/2014 - 7:46am
Throughout Felix Doubront's young career he has has consistently uncovered solutions to his problems via specific alterations in between starts. There have been slight mechanical adjustments, mixing up the day he throws his bullpen sessions in between starts and even a conscious effort to not pay any attention to the radar gun readings.
Rob Bradford
04/30/2014 - 9:08am
The words of A.J. Pierzynski to Red Sox radio broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien immediately after Friday night's win in Toronto were telling.
Rob Bradford
04/27/2014 - 8:28am
TORONTO -- Who knows what's going to happen? The career path for Jackie Bradley Jr. is undefined. There can be a wave of comparisons and simulations, but getting through an entire major league season will be the only true springboard for semi-valid predictions. 


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

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5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

Headlines - Transgender f…

Headlines - Transgender flag flies at City Hall, 5-3-16

Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.

19 year old football player facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, 5-3-16

A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.

The worst contracts in MLB history, 5-3-16

Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.

Sox fans think the guys s…

Sox fans think the guys should leave Hanley alone! 5-3-16

Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.

Pablo Sandoval could miss the whole year due to shoulder surgery 5-3-16

Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?

Why has David Price been struggling? 5-3-16

The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.

Pablo Sandoval has surger…

Pablo Sandoval has surgery, done for the season, but may still eventually bring value to the Red Sox

We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.

NBA Refs may have cost the Spurs a game - plus which league has the best officiating

We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 5-03-16

We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3…

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. Wells Fargo Championship Preview

This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

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Federal appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian gives his expert analysis on 2nd Circuit court's decision, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.

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We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter King

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Does Prince's drug use change your opinion of him? 4-25-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.

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Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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Immediate reaction to the Tom Brady suspension news, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.

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