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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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The actual words, "I told you so," never came out of David Ortiz's mouth, but they might well have. When it comes to last offseason's debate regarding if it would be a wise move to lock up Ortiz to an extension before he became free agent-eligible at the conclusion of this season ... well, he was right. "That's why the Red Sox said, 'Let's sign him.' That's why they agreed with me. That's why I don't have to talk about contract anymore," said Ortiz, who inked a one-year, $16 million extension (with two years of team options) in March. "There's just a couple of people out there that they think they've got everything figured out. Now what? What would have been the advice they would have given the Red Sox right now if I was going to be a free agent after this season? 'Oh, we screwed up.' 'Oh, you should have listened to me.' I don't hear anybody saying right now, 'It was wrong what they did, signing David Ortiz in March' I don't hear anybody talking about that. None
09/09/14 07:25 EST
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As usual, Mother knew best. In this case, Diana Betts' mandate for her son, Mookie, was simple: no football. "I thought he could succeed," she said, "but I had my reasons." The explanation wasn't difficult to decipher. Young Mookie wasn't a big kid, but did have a bright athletic future. Basketball? No problem. Baseball? Absolutely. But, football, even with all that talent? In Diana's eyes, not a chance. "I told him if he went to practice we were going to have an issue," she said when remembering Mookie's last-ditch effort to play as a junior at John Overton High in Nashville, Tennessee. "I just didn't want him going against my word." The decision worked out for Betts -- in more ways than even Diana could have imagined. Obviously Mookie went on survive his high school athletic career without incident, ultimately being taken by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. But something else came out of the chosen path -- the opportunity to define
09/02/14 11:00 EST
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brian Butterfield doesn't personally know Tom Brady. "And somebody needs to clean that up around here," joked the Red Sox third base coach and diehard Patriots fan. But he does know David Ortiz. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime player. I'm honored to be around him," Butterfield said. "He's more than just another player to me. He's a great guy to coach. He's a great teammate. He's just everything you want. There aren't a lot of blemishes there." Brady. Ortiz. Understood. Two athletes separated by 21 months in age, carrying the same number of world championships while remaining the be-all, end-all for their respective teams. But what Butterfield, and the majority of New England sports fans, hesitate to contemplate is life without the duo. The combination of living without the production, along with attempting to find some semblance of a replacement, is an uncomfortable thought few truly dive into. They are, after all, two players among the best
08/29/14 12:18 EST
There has been plenty of talk about the newest Red Sox' mystery man, Rusney Castillo. Rightfully so. The guy hasn't played competitively since Bobby Valentine was this team's manager. But there is also another player -- one who currently resides in the Sox lineup and presents almost an equal amount of intrigue. The riddle of Yoenis Cespedes, the 28-year-old who is in his third major league season, has yet to be solved. Some see the muscle-bound outfielder and envision a roster building block, a two-time Home Run Derby champ who can run with best of them while presenting the kind of power threat so rare in this day and age of baseball. Others look at Cespedes as an easily pitched to commodity, someone who doesn't get on base enough while exhibiting insecurities in the outfield. For the Red Sox, this will be an important puzzle to piece to together. To unravel this conundrum, this question must be asked: How good can Cespedes be? Let's start with somebody who knows him better than most, ESPN



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