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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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03/02/17 12:23 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When I was a kid I actually stressed about spring training standings. I confess. Sure, there was some understanding that this was all make believe. Semi-daily pictures of George Scott in a rubber suit on an exercise bike hinted at that. But, nonetheless, when you started seeing the Red Sox wallowing in the Grapefruit League standings, it suggested just enough to make one wonder if paying attention the next six months would be worth it. Then I became aware of what spring training truly was: one of the most bizarre exercises in organized anything. The Red Sox are 1-5 this spring after getting housed by the Orioles, 12-5, at a stadium named after somebody named Ed Smith. Eight-year-old Robbie would be panicked right about now. But I believe Belgian musician Brian Molko said it best when suggesting, "We live in a strange bubble." Yes, indeed. And this bubble involves a lot of traffic lights, crates of Coppertone, and go-cart tracks that serve beer. Spring training
02/28/17 12:08 EST
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- I'm tired of railing on the World Baseball Classic. I really am. I fully understand why players want to play in this thing. There is something to be said for getting the chance to join up with your countrymen for a few weeks to play in a tournament that actually probably means quite a bit to friends and family back home. The problem is that Major League Baseball gives these guys the opportunity to do this, and then handcuffs the teams that sign their checks when it comes to having the final yay or nay. For those who are having Roger Goodell withdrawals, consider this Rob Manfred's Article 46-esque hammer. MLB makes money off this thing, while giving its employees a hall pass from spring training. It's no mystery why we're sitting here shrugging our shoulders while Xander Bogaerts boards a flight to South Korea. But there has to be a tipping point, and I believe we've found it. The Red Sox have to reel in Hanley Ramirez. He is just too important. In case you missed it,
02/23/17 10:15 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- They sit down the end of the clubhouse, in the same spot guys like Deven Marrero and Xander Bogaerts inhabited during their first go-round with the big leaguers. Sam Travis and Rafael Devers aren't mingling much. Just enough. They're keeping their eyes wide, collecting the $95 of meal money and going about their business. "I just sat back and watched how they handled business," Marrero remembered regarding his first invitation to big league camp in 2013, the year after he was drafted. And that's what these guys are doing. But as innocuous as Travis and Devers might seem, they represent a very important piece of the Red Sox' puzzle. There aren't a lot of minor leaguers this team is truly banking on, but these are two of them. Travis is the guy who Dave Dombrowski and John Farrell has referenced as one of the chief reasons there was no run at the likes of Edwin Encarnacion. "It's definitely awesome to hear. You love to hear it. But at the same time I just
02/21/17 01:19 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Have you noticed something missing from Red Sox camp? Politics. The most consistently dominant topic of conversation over the last year, even in the world of sports, is nowhere to be found in and around the home clubhouse at JetBlue Park. Every once in a while, a player might be asked about attending a White House celebration, or something along those lines. Jackie Bradley Jr., for instance, answered, saying he would go if his team would go. But in the same breath also said, "I don't like politics, not even a little bit." The subject has also been broached with other players, who usually don't have any interest in the matter, or at least pretend not to. Heck, when president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked at the GM meetings on the day of the presidential election about voting, there was noticeable discomfort and immediate deference to the team's ownership group. Even when it comes to politics outside the United States, the subject is avoided,



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Danny Picard gives his thoughts on the Celtics, the incredible season Isaiah Thomas is having and potential trade opportunities for Boston -- 2-19-17

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Bradfo Sho, Ep. 18: Tom C…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 18: Tom Caron

Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 17: The curious case of Carlos Quentin

Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 16: Clay Buchholz

Rob Bradford catches up with Clay Buchholz to discuss the former Red Sox pitcher's new lot in life with the Phillies, while reflecting on his up and down tenure in Boston. Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak also joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of Buchholz.

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K&C- What should we do to stop terrorist attacks?; Mut is trying to copy K&C with his bracket; A tickle-fest featuring Goodell with Mike and Mike 3-23-17

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K&C- Trenni and Tomase vs. Gerry on immigration and Islam; Headlines with Trenni; Gerry says President Trump has softened on his “total and complete ban” 3-23-17

Hour 2. Trenni and Tomase think we need to stop the anti-Muslim rhetoric. Gerry says we need to keep people from dangerous countries out. Headlines with Trenni features Rachel Maddow on The View. Gerry thinks President Trump has softened on immigration compared to candidate Trump.

OMF - Theo Epstein is the…

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OMF - LaVar Ball goes nuts on "First Take" 3-23-17

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OMF - Ian Kinsler rips Puerto Rican and Dominican styles of baseball, 3-23-17

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The Real K&C – Potted plants & indefatigable pull carts 3-22-17

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Enough About Me - Ep. 56:…

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