Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ain't No Sunshine

Tonight’s game has been cancelled. Even though it looks like the rain will hold off for a while. I guess it’s pretty hot anyway so maybe this is a blessing. Anyway, we don’t have a game next week because of the holiday so our next game will be Friday, July 13th. The rest of our schedule is below, plus today’s game will be rescheduled. Have a nice 4th of July week!

Oxford Blues @ IAC/Diller's Killers 13 Jul 2007 (Fri)
05:30 PM North Meadow - #8

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP @ Oxford Blues 17 Jul 2007 (Tue)
07:30 PM Dewitt Clinton Park - #2

Oxford Blues @ Translate This! 24 Jul 2007 (Tue)
07:30 PM Dewitt Clinton Park - #2

Oxford Blues @ EBG Bees 30 Jul 2007 (Mon)
07:00 PM North Meadow - #8

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Game 7: Telerep 21, Oxford 14

"It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!" The famous words of Ernie Banks aptly described the mood of the Oxford Blues yesterday. On a sun drenched field, the Blues played their first ever game on the immaculate Great Lawn. We even had two photographers to capture the momentous occasion. Click on the photo above for a link to Jared's photos and the photo below for a link to Justine's photos. Don't for get to click on each pic once you get to their flickr pages to read the captions.

Although we were defeated, everyone enjoyed the game and some of the Blues faithful were even on hand to cheer on the team. There were many great plays yesterday but one that cannot go without mentioning is the catch of the year that was made by Glenn "Magic Glove" Mathes in right center field. Back pedaling to catch a fly ball and realizing that it would go over his head, Glenn turned his back to the infield at the last minute, took a couple quick steps to get deeper, stuck his glove straight up, and caught the ball as it came down directly over his head to get the third out of the inning. It was simply amazing and pandemonium qucikly ensued in the Blues dugout.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Game 6: Oxford Shuts out Scripps, 7-0

The rumors were correct. The "59th St. Field/Queensboro Oval-#1" is actually a red clay field located directly under the Queensboro bridge. Unfortunately, our opponent did not have enough players to field a team so they had to forefeit which gives us an official win with a 7-0 score. The Blues made the best of the situation though and got in some batting practice on the dangerously slick field. Since there isn't much else to report, I'll leave you with the immortal words of the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

I don’t ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way

Under the bridge downtown
Is where I drew some blood
Under the bridge downtown
I could not get enough
Under the bridge downtown
Forgot about my love
Under the bridge downtown
I gave my life away

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Game 5: Oxford-6, CSTV Slammers-14

The Oxford Blues held their own against a good team on Wednesday to enter the last inning with a 6-6 tie. However, the CSTV Slammers were able to hit the gaps in the top of the 7th inning and produce 8 runs.
The Blues didn't hang their heads though and took pride in a solid outing with all around hitting throughout the order and tough defense. In fact, second baseman Matt "Mad Dog" Greene, pictured above with that crazy look in his eye, was so intense that he couldn't contain himself from exploding at the umpire with a profanity laced outburst. Although the play in question was actually a clean play, the expletive put fear in the hearts of CSTV.
Catharine Rae had a great game and with two outs and the bases loaded, drove in 2 runs in the 4th inning to tie the game back up.
Our next game is Wednesday, June 13th on a clay field located directly under the Queensboro bridge. I know that sounds like some sort of weird joke but it's true. I can't make this stuff up.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Blues 21, Tulane Green Machine 20

With a dramatic three run rally in the bottom of the seventh, the Oxford Blues beat the Tulane Green Machine 21-20, improving to 2-2. Facing the Tulane alumni association's lineup of power hitters was no easy task, but the Blues relied on their trademark defense and responded with a newly-awakened offense, scoring a franchise record 21 runs.

The game was a nail-biter from start to finish, with both teams batting around around multiple times in the early innings. When Tulane jumped out to an unanswered 20-12 lead late in the game, things seemed a little grim for the Blues. On-field tensions hit their peak after a Tulane baserunner interfered with a double-play attempt, leading Captain Kyle Taylor to charge in all the way from centerfield to argue the non-call. On the Tulane bench, a call could be heard to slide "spikes up" in the future.

Still the Blues rallied again, only trailing by two as the game pushed into the seventh inning. Shortstop Dan "the Wizard" Ozzi and Taylor tied the game on third baseman Ken Foye's double. With one out, and the theme from "The Natural" playing, outfielder Andy Fargnoli hit a flair that fell in for a hit as the Tulane infield collided with one another, scoring Ken easily and winning the Blues the game. Pitcher Robert "the Rocket" Repino was given the game ball not just for pitching defense, but also for setting the tone for the offense from the leadoff spot. But it was a true team effort, with hits and RBIs up and down the lineup.

After the game, the Blues retired to McAleer's for beer and wings to watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox.