Strengthened by the power of the beards and proclamations of “Boston Strong,” the Red Sox completed their improbable run to the World Series with a win on their home soil.
In the wake of the Red Sox’s riveting 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series that clinched their seventh overall World Series – and their third since breaking the 86-year-old curse in 2004 – Red Sox fans have even more reason to get excited. Springfield College graduate and Red Sox reporter Rob Bradford (‘92) will be coming to campus on Wednesday at 2 p.m. for an event in the Dodge Ballroom titled, “A Tale of Two Seasons: The Challenges of Covering the Red Sox in the Worst of Times and the Best.”
With the drastic turnaround that the Sox underwent from last season’s dreadful 69-93 record to a first-place, 97-65 record and World Series-winning team, the topic could not be more appropriate. The event will be a Q-and-A format with Bradford, who covers the Sox for WEEI.com. Springfield College Professor Marty Dobrow will lead the session.
In the past, Bradford has covered the team for The Boston Herald and The Lawrence Eagle Tribune. He is often interviewed on the radio during the NESN pregame show and referred to as a “Red Sox Insider,” a prestigious title for a beat reporter. In addition, Bradford occasionally served as a color commentator on the television broadcasts of games on NESN.
Bradford has written two books over the years, both of which involve baseball and the Red Sox. His first, “Chasing Steinbrenner,” followed the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays throughout the 2003 season. His second, “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” was co-authored along with former Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.
Bradford is a former sports editor of The Springfield Student.