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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
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.
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.


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NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

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.

D&C - Brady vs. Jimmy G P…

D&C - Brady vs. Jimmy G PT in Preseason Game 3 8-26-16

The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.

D&C - A new Roger Goodell committee with Bob Kraft??! 8-26-16

Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.

D&C - Red Sox playoff push, 8-26-16

Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end

OMF - Should Tom Brady go…

OMF - Should Tom Brady go to Carolina for the 3rd Preseason game? 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.

OMF - Andrew Benintendi's knee, and Papi's well-aged muscle, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...

OMF - Grading John Farrell's performance in last night's bad loss, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.

Patriots acquire Barkevio…

Patriots acquire Barkevious Mingo for a 5th round pick - analysis and reaction

We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.

Do the Sox have the right to be tired? Fans split on using fatigue as an excuse

A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.

Red Sox end road trip with a couple of tough losses

The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

SoccerCast - David Amoyal

SoccerCast - David Amoyal

We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.

Enough About Me - Ep. 29:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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Does NESN need to be care…

Does NESN need to be careful with their new on-air talent? 8-24-16

NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?

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Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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D&C - A strange Philadelp…

D&C - A strange Philadelphia radio firing 8-25-16

Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.

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D&C - Is Bill Belichick s…

D&C - Is Bill Belichick snubbing Tom Brady? Is Brady being childish? 8-24-16

Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.

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