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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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08/21/14 12:32 EST
The last bit of chewing tobacco Torey Lovullo ever put in his mouth came out of a trash can. It was just before the first day of 2006, and the longtime chewing tobacco user was trying his best to quit the habit. He had thrown away what he thought was his last plug of chew into a trash bucket, but then he couldn't resist. Back in went the hand, pulling out the source of his addiction for one more go-round. But that was it. A few days later came a New Year's resolution that stands to this day. "I just had seen enough pictures of people dipping for too long. It kind of made me think it was a good idea that I should shut it down," said the Red Sox bench coach. "Those pictures ranged from not having teeth, to having situations where they remove part of your jaw. What you see now isn't what's going to happen 25 years from now." Many have been able to head down the same path as Lovullo. Others -- such as the Red Sox player who still chews tobacco despite trying such extreme
08/19/14 08:11 EST
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For John Farrell, it was the latest reminder. Jackie Bradley -- the guy the Red Sox thought could be a good center fielder on a good Red Sox team -- had been sent to Triple-A on Aug. 18. That wasn't part of the plan. Welcome to 2014. Cross another off the checklist of uncertainties. "It's not about establishing roles," the Red Sox manager said earlier in the week when asked about some of the challenges of managing this 2014 team. "It was just the unknown of what we might get on a more regular basis." There you have it. In a lengthy interview with WEEI.com, Farrell took time to reflect on what has been the out-of-nowhere season, and how it has been managing the anxieties that accompanies what has become a 56-68 campaign. In a nutshell, he knew guiding this group would be different than the World Series championship team of a year ago, just not this different. There are regrets, unsolved puzzles and the constant quest to remain true to the same beliefs that worked so well
08/14/14 11:25 EST
History isn't on their side. Over and over, we've heard the stories of starting pitchers heading into their mid-30s, with fewer and fewer starters coming out on the other side of the age group in serviceable shape. It is a dynamic that has dominated the Jon Lester contract conversation and doesn't figure to dissipate any time soon. But what about those who are trying -- and have tried -- to turn the narrative inside-out: the pitchers themselves? There are 21 major league pitchers who have made starts this season in their age 35 seasons (or over). Ten of those hurlers (four of whom are on deals of four or more years) have made at least 20 starts with ERAs of 4.03 or under. Point is, there is some hope for these pitchers of an advanced age. "You can stay healthy as a starting pitcher as an older guy. It's easy," said Angels starter C.J. Wilson. "If you're committed to it, stay healthy and you can still stay good. You just have to be open-minded, be willing to adapt and willing
08/13/14 08:14 EST
So, you think you know Joe Castiglione, one of four men to be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame Thursday? I thought I did. Starting in 1982, he was the voice I would listen to in my family's cabin, the one my parents made sure didn't have a television. Staring at the ceiling with Joe allowing for images of Carl Yastrzemski's final days actually made my parents' technology boycott palatable. By the time the new millennium rolled around, we knew what we had when it came to Red Sox radio broadcasts. And, thanks to Castiglione, it was one less thing to worry about for all of New England. Those days of relying on the voice of Joe during those days in the woods came and went, but we are always offered reminders during the season-long security blanket. For me, one came along during the '06 Boston Marathon. One of the unique intricacies of the Marathon is the homemade scoreboards held up by spectators, updating the runners on the Red Sox' score. And, on many occasions, the numbers are



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