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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
05/18/2013 - 3:19am
"This is a smart team, in terms of guys knowing the game, how it's to be played, what situations call for." -- Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team's 3-2, 10-inning win over Minnesota Friday night.
Rob Bradford
05/13/2013 - 10:04am
"There's nothing to be alarmed about." -- Greg Colbrunn
Rob Bradford
05/02/2013 - 6:50am
TORONTO -- Can we say it now? Why not? Juan Nieves did.
Rob Bradford
05/01/2013 - 3:29am
TORONTO -- The last words uttered by David Ortiz before heading out of Rogers Centre and onto the bus bound for the Red Sox' team hotel?
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. Nine games.
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. "One thing you can't fight and invent, that's time," Gomes said. "But he's out to a heck of a start."
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. A locker was being cleaned out, and preparations were being made to leave JetBlue Park for Yankee Stadium.
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.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Re…

It Is What It Is Cast: Reggie Wayne makes his practice debut with Patriots

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.

DE Chandler Jones with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.

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.

Henry Owens Player Of The…

Henry Owens Player Of The Game Interview 8-21-15

Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.

Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations 08-19-15

Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

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

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had a fantastic day, knocking in seven runs, scoring five runs, and hitting five extra-base hits in the win against the Mariners at Fenway.

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!

Hey look Mort is wrong ag…

Hey look Mort is wrong again! 8-28-15

Another hour of Mort being wrong.

Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

Mike Florio calls out Chris Mortensen 8-28-15

The great Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined us on the latest Mort screw up.

Foreshadowing Pats Openin…

Foreshadowing Pats Opening Night, 8-28-15

The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.

Previewing the Pats dress rehearsal, 8-28-15

On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.

Three For All - Barkley sends shots at agent, Emotional pre-game speech & a Gruden is fat, 8-28-15

The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.

Dale and Holley's Final D…

Dale and Holley's Final Drive / Freestyle Friday - 08-28-15

We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.

No apologies... Mort keeps digging that hole deeper each week

We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.

Yes, the Red Sox do still exist, and yes, Rob Bradford is with us talking Sox

We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.

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.

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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?

D&C’s Breaking Balls: The Patriots have a problem with ESPN 08-24-15

Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.

Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

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Don Orsillo is out at NESN 8-25-15

The guys discussed the news surrounding the Sox play by play announcer.

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Sean McDonough on the firing of Don Orsillo. 8-27-15

Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.

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Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

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Buck, Gary and Dino discussed Kraft's comments.

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