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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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03/01/15 08:00 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The two could be found leaning on the back of the batting cage Saturday, watching Joe Kelly throw his round of batting practice. No big deal. Just a manager and his pitcher passing the time before the day's next drill. But what the image of John Farrell and Justin Masterson did was offer a reminder. The last time such a dynamic took place the guy hanging out with the pitcher was his pitching coach, not the man leading the entire team. "He turned to me," Farrell said of his hang-out with former Red Sox reliever Masterson, "and asked me what I liked best about the job." Perhaps one of the answers might have been not being identified as a pitching coach trying to be manager. Or what about this -- no longer having to engage in conversations regarding how the uncertainty of the Red Sox' pitchers will be certain because their manager used to be a pitching coach. (It is the same sort of leap of faith Patriots head coach, and former Giants defensive
02/25/15 12:15 EST
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You get the recommendations, and the Internet menu looks on point. The exterior is glorious, and the interior makes you want to stay forever. It is the five-star restaurant that is going to deliver the best meal of your life. You make the order, commit to the cost of doing business and then ... blah. Just because you've paid the money, doesn't mean the food is going to taste good. This was a reminder for John Henry. The Red Sox principal owner couldn't help himself when meeting with the media at JetBlue Park Tuesday, letting his spring training optimism get the better of him when making the following statement when asked about how he felt about the state of the organization: "From my perspective, it's never been better," Henry said. "You have to remember, yes, we finished last. There's no doubt about it. Same thing in 2012. But if you look at 2012, you look at 2014. We play for championships. Midway through the season it became clear that wasn't going to
02/24/15 12:30 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Yoan Moncada's current existence should be understood, but probably won't be. He is 19 years old, having recently gone from living the life of a promising young Cuban baseball player, to someone who is professionally guarded and stowed away while the formalities of a $31.5 million signing bonus and minor-league contract from the Red Sox are formalized. Through all the predictions and analysis that flood over the baseball world after the news of Moncada's agreement with the Sox, understanding what life is like for this kid should be taken into account. Nineteen is 19, and when projecting the future -- or defining good or bad decisions -- such an age promises as much combustion as a jet engine. Monday, both Moncada and the Red Sox were confident they made the right decisions. But what transpires from here probably won't match the current blueprint. Dalier Hinojosa, the Cuban pitcher the Red Sox gave $4 million to last year, offered an off-the-beaten-track reminder about
02/20/15 12:10 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The last few days shouldn't have been a surprise to Pablo Sandoval. This is how analyzing the Red Sox in February usually works. Remember Roger Clemens jogging with then-manager Butch Hobson while wearing earphones. "He's disrespecting the manager!" became the narrative. Inside Track photos of Josh Beckett throwing one of his initial bullpens of the spring while exposing his belly? (At least that did lead a challenge from the pitcher to the Herald ladies to partake in one of his workouts.) And then this week, along came pictures of Panda. During his first workout in Red Sox garb, the Internet was flooded with photos of the new Red Sox third baseman donning his team's red T-shirt, along with a hefty midsection. It didn't matter that he looked exactly the same as when the 2014 season ended, during his introductory press conference, in every Instagram post throughout the offseason, and at the team's Winter Weekend just a few weeks before arriving at JetBlue



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