Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Oxford Blues Championship Photos

Oxford Blues gather in Morningside on the 8th Floor for the photo for the Social Committee Newsletter. Photo by Scott Morales.
Coach Repino with the Trophy

Oxford Blues Trophy

Oxford Blues Fall in Divisional Playoffs 7-4

Game 13: Semi Finals: FIU Alumni 7, Oxford Blues 4
Game 14: Finals: n/a
Harlem River Park #2
September 18, 2013

After winning the division, the Oxford Blues advanced another playoffs where they were promptly dispatched by the FIU Alumni by the score of 7-4. It was a disappointing loss as the Oxford Blues bats were more silent than usual and the defense was not quite flawless, but nevertheless, still a successful season! There was a brief scare in the 5th or 6th inning when Max Richman, playing short, drifted out to left field for a flyball, colliding with Tim Allen.  Fortunately there were no injuries.

"What am I supposed to do?" Coach Repino says. "Max hits two home runs a game. If he wants to give someone a concussion that's his prerogative."

"Why do you always make me sounds like a secretary," Elyse Turr asked. "I am always answering the phone."

"I think it's pretty clear I'm the secretary," I said.

Max S
Zach H
Max R --- Home Run
Tim A
Jeremy W-I
Rob R
Erin M
Sara M
Elyse T
Jenny D

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oxford Blues 2013 Conference Champions!

Game 11: Semi Finals: Oxford Blues 12, Finra Enforcers 7
Game 12: Finals: Oxford Blues 18, Net@work/Docutrend 5
(Games 9 & 10 won by forfeit)
Dewitt Clinton
August 29, 2013

The Oxford Blues won the Summer Coed General A Conference Championship, defeating the Finra Enforcers in a semi-final contest, and then Net@work/Docutrend in the finals.  By winning these two games, the Blues advanced to the divisional playoffs which will be held on Sept 18!

Accounts of the games below.

COACH REPINO:  The personnel and the magnitude of this upcoming game have compelled me to tinker once more with the lineup.  Some of you already know about them, but they shouldn’t be too surprising.  Everyone will contribute. Max Richman will be batting in the 1, 5, and 8 slot. Unconventional, but I think it will work.

MAX RICHMAN: My softball abilities have generally been overstated.

COACH REPINO: I recommend leaving by 5.  Game 1 is at 6.  Bring both bags.  The game balls are in the black bag. Don't forget to close your email, and log out of your computer.  If you're going to be gone for a long weekend, set up an away message.

MAX SINSHEIMER: The Blues were just able to field a full team, with a big group of our players enjoying an early escape to the Labor Day weekend. Thanks to Ninell for stepping in at short notice for an ill Jenny Doster. The loss of much of our roster, including our starting pitcher and coach, Robert, and the big slugging David D’Adonis, meant that we had to play people in new positions. Blake played third, Joe C first, Zach pitcher, etc. Suffice to say it worked out, as this, and the next game, were probably our best defensive efforts of the year.

JESSICA CHESNUTT: Blake, Max, Max, Taylor, and Joe all got at least 1 homerun. Blake’s homerun was his first ever. Max R., Blake, and Joe all had amazing plays in the infield, including a double play in the game with a runner on second that went: Blake fielded a hard grounder at third and threw the batter out at first, where Joe threw it to Max covering third to tag the runner. I got on base every time, but all but one or two were fielders’ choices that ALWAYS got Tim out on second (sorry, Tim).

TIM ALLEN: No worries, Jessie!

JESSICA CHESNUTT: Zach had at least a couple of strikeouts.

ZACH HAYNES: I was the pitcher. I was nervous - my wife was there. Not everyone can play as gracefully as Tim with his spouse present.

MAX SINSHEIMER:  We were fired up from the start, arriving 20-30 minutes early for the Finra game and taking extended BP. Finra is a team we lost to in the regular season, and they are dangerous. A couple of big hitters and a pitcher with a delayed lunging motion that makes you wonder whether he realizes he is in a slow pitch softball league. Their captain even had a crew cut – it was intimidating. But we have big hitters of our own, and we simply outplayed them on defense. With one exception, an inning in which they scored four or five runs on a pair of hits to the fence and took a temporary lead, we played shut-down defense. Max R was all over SS, throwing rockets to first for out after out. Blake, playing third base for perhaps the first time, had several throw-outs of his own. Zack was nearly flawless pitching, working his way out of a bases loaded jam late in the game with a strikeout to go alongside one or two other strikeouts. At one point Jessica caught a hard hit grounder that had tipped off Max’s glove, practically bare handing it to first for an out. We gave almost nothing away – all, or nearly all of their runs were earned.

DAVE D'ADONNA:  I was at the Harpoon brewery in Boston when Rob texted me we were in the championship.  I quickly drank some more and gave out a ‘Yahoo!’ and high-fived an unsuspecting female. Turned out it was Taylor's cousin.


MAX SINSHEIMER: On offense we matched them run for run early, and then creamed them late when we strung together a series of innings with zero runs allowed. In the first inning we got 5 runs off a leadoff home run by Blake and a series of well struck singles. We had at least three innings where we went up and down our lineup. The Maxes each hit a homer, and nearly everyone scored a run. We were aggressive on the base path. By the end of the game we had won by 7 or 8 runs, an almost unthinkable result given how good our opponents were.

Elyse Turr's phone rings.

ELYSE TURR: Hello this is Elyse.

COACH REPINO: Elyse it's Rob. I'm on an airplane, this call costs $14.95/minute. Put Max on the phone.

ELYSE TURR: Max it's for you.

MAX RICHMAN: Max Richman here.

COACH REPINO: The other Max.

MAX SINSHEIMER: What now Rob. We have a game to play here.

COACH REPINO: Max, let the Blues know that no matter what happens, I am very proud of our team’s camaraderie, competitiveness, and sportsmanship. That being said, if you screw this up, I will never forgive you.  If I see you in the coffee room, don't even look at me.  Win or lose, if I'm sitting on my exercise ball, still don't look at me.

MAX SINSHEIMER: As I said at the time, getting to the championship is cool, winning a championship is (profanity) awesome. We picked up where we left off, scoring 5 or 6 in the first inning and playing extremely tight defense throughout. At one point Max R fielded a hard hit grounder, threw out the base runner at first, and then Joe C made a ridiculous throw to third for a double play on the advancing runner from second. It was that sort of day. Elyse had a pair of nice plays in the field, holding hitters to one base. Tim Allen gets most improved batter award, with at least three more hits after getting three in the first game.

TIM ALLEN: Thanks Max!

MAX SINSHEIMER:  The outfield was playing way back on Blake, which he didn’t expect, but they were right to do it – he had big hits to the outfield. The Maxes both added another homer, as did Taylor (and I’m probably forgetting another home run). Ninell beat out a run and took a walk as well. And Zach pitched another gem, outdueling the opposing pitcher, who lost his nerve at times and walked more batters than he cared to. By the end of the night we had won the championship by at least 13 runs – I forget the exact score. If we had been playing with the mercy rule, we would have mercy-ruled them, that’s how dominant we were.

JEREMY WANG-IVERSON: That's great - whom did you play?

COACH REPINO: I am getting conflicting reports about that.


MAX RICHMAN: Definitely Docutrend.

ZACH HAYNES: The Greene Machine.

TANYA LAPLANTE: You did it indeed! You realized the dream of many Blues players who came before you – quite an amazing feat and something to be exceptionally proud of… when the Blues began, it wasn't unusual for someone to get a hit and then run to third base.  Once, we had a player who threw his bat like a javelin. Former Blues players who now live elsewhere (including overseas) heard the good news and celebrated your victory. Thanks for making the latest chapter in Blues history a memorable one!

Blake R 3B
Max S LC
Max R  SS
Taylor P RC
Joe C 1B
Zach H P
Tim A LF
Jessica C 2B
Elyse T RG
Ninell S C

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Oxford Blues Continue Winning Ways

Game 8: Oxford Blues 11, The Greene Machine 7
Thomas Jefferson #2
August 9, 2013

The Blues (5-3) are poised to make the playoffs after winning again on Friday, defeating The Greene Machine by the score of 11-7.  Going into the top of the 7th with the Blues leading by 11-2, Coach Repino, who has continued to pitch despite a mysterious shin injury, said:  "This will be the final inning unless there is a catastrophe."

The catastrophe nearly presented itself as the Blues defense faltered, allowing five runs to score, but the game was finally ended when a jumpy member of the Greene Machine was called out for taking an early lead.

"Well a win is a win," Taylor said.  "Rob, did you bribe the ump?"

"No," Coach Repino said.

"Because if you did--" Blues Legal Council Blake Ratcliff said.

"It wasn't over $75."

After the game, the Blues went to a bar for Skeeball and Big Buck Hunter. Thanks to Blues fans Adrienne, Natalie, Jessie, and Ashley for watching the game.

N.B. The scorecard is profoundly inaccurate, so I will not reproduce any stats here.

Max LF
Blake RC/EH
Dave SS
Taylor LC
Jeremy EH/RF
Zach 3B
Josh RF/EH
Jessica "Don't Call me Jess" C 2B -- VINE
Sara 1B
Jenny C
Rob P

Photo by Tim A.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Oxford Blues Defeat the Pediatricians

Game 7: Oxford Blues 11, Global Pediatrics 6
Great Lawn #2
August 7, 2013

On Wednesday night the Oxford Blues improved to 4-3, defeating the Global Pediatrics team by the score of 11-6. The Pediatricians were aggressive on the base-path but their speed was thwarted by consistent hitting from the Blues, who quickly shook off the rust after not taking the field in two weeks.

Starting at third was Joe Cognard, who played solid defense, and also supplied three hits including a triple. But the one time he did not get a hit, in the second, he struck out looking with a full count, two outs and the bases loaded.

"I hit three home runs in the last game," Joe said. "I don't swing unless I feel like it."

Tensions ran high in the third or fourth when the Blues asked the ump to watch the Pediatricians on the base path.

"What are you running from, #2?" Sara asked. "And why do you wear spikes? Did something happen in your past that we should talk about?"

"She's a Freudian," Max said.  After the game, Jenny, Max, Zach, and I went to Jake's Dilemma, where Zach dominated on the foosball table and took pictures of young women. (With their phone - and at their behest.)

Max (LF) 2/3 1R, 2 RBI's
Zach (SS) 0/3, 1R
Joe (3B) 3/4, 2R, 1 RBI
Tim (LC) 3/4, 2R, 1 RBI
Jeremy (RC) 3/4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Sara (2B) 0/2, 2BB
Erin (1B) 2/3, 2R
Elyse (RF) 0/3
Jenny ( C) 0/2, 1BB, 1R
Rob ( P) 2/3, 1R

Photo by Max S.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Oxford Blues Lose to Net@Work 17-9

Game 5: Net@Work 17, Oxford Blues 9
Riverside Park
July 15, 2013

In Dave D'Addona's managerial debut, Oxford Blues (3-2) lost to Net@Work by the score of 17-9. Miles Osgood was making his final start as a member of the Oxford Blues, as he decided his future lay elsewhere, not with company softball, but rather, graduate studies in English literature at Harvard University.   The Blues were quite sluggish for the opening innings until they came to life in the fourth.  Before that inning began, Elyse Turr's phone rang.

"Hello this is Elyse Turr."

"Elyse it's Rob," Coach Repino said. "Put Gandalf on the phone."

"He's not here."

"Alright let me talk to Dave."

No one knows what Rob said to Dave on the phone that night, but the Blues turned it around as Chris, Tim, Taylor, Blake, Sara, Jenny, Josh, and Dave provided hits and scored runs. Essentially everyone except your humble correspondent.  And just before the Blues were going to be dispatched by the mercy rule, Miles provided a timely hit to keep the run differential less than 10.

"That was a great hit Miles!" Sara said. "You sure about this grad school thing? I have been there! I have a PhD!"

"They already sent me a Harvard T-Shirt," Miles said. "There is no going back."


Miles LF/EH 2/2 1 R scored
Chris RF 1/3 1 R scored
Taylor LC 1/2 2 RBI's 1 R scored --- Video
Max 2B 1/3 1 R scored (Web Gem Double Play)
Zach 3B 0/3
Dave SS 3/3 1 HR 2 RBI's 1 R scored ---  Video
Tim EH/1B 2/3
Blake EH/LF 1/3
Elyse C 1/3
Jeremy EH/RC 0/3
Josh RC/EH 1/3 1 R scored
Sara P 1/1 2 R scored
Erin / Jenny 1B 2/2 1 R scored

Photo by Josh L.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oxford Blues Defeat Norton 14-9

Game 4: Oxford Blues 14, W.W. Norton Slammin Seagulls 9
July 11, 2013

The Oxford Blues improved to 3-1 with a 14-9 victory over W.W. Norton’s Slamming Seagulls last week. Taylor Pilkington’s sixth inning grand slam secured the victory.

“Where’s Max Richman?” Coach Repino asked. “Getting his driver’s license?”

“He’s starting at third for the Oxford Dons tonight, Rob,” Taylor said.

“F-ing A,” Coach Repino said. “If Hettler swipes Richman, I'm naming the 500 pound man in my novel Kurt.” 

Max Sinsheimer belted a three run home run in the fourth inning.

“Looking good, Gandalf,” Rob said. “Glad to see there’s a batting cage in Middle Earth.” 

Alexis Richard and Jessica Chesnutt played the outfield for the short staffed Blues, who were victorious despite missing the Summer Mixer and Elyse's birthday.


Rob 1/2 2 BB, 2 runs scored
Jessica 2/3, 3 runs scored
Zach 3/4, 2 runs scored
Taylor 3/3, 1 HR (GS), 4 RBI's, 3 runs scored
Max 2/2, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 2 runs scored
Miles 1/2, 1 run scored
Alexis 1/2
Erin 1/2
Sarah 0/3
Jenny 0/2
Photo by Miles O.
Photo by Miles O.

"I would like us, as a nation, to get over cats" -Taylor P.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oxford Blues Dealt First Loss

Game 3: Finra Enforcers 8, Oxford Blues 2
June 24, 2013

The Oxford Blues (2-1) were unable to overcome a first inning grand slam and fell to the Finra Enforcers by the score of 8-2. Both Oxford Blues runs were scored by Max Richman solo shots. John Louth and Elyse Turr had the only other hits for the Oxford Blues.

"If you get on base in softball," Josh Landon said, "That's a hit."

"Guys," Tim Allen said. "My wife will be here later - please no one embarrass me. Can I smear some of that black shit under my eyes?"

"You got it Tim."  Coach Repino said.  "Where are Max, Dave, and Jenny?"

"They're installing my standing desk," Zack said. "I got the okay from Terry, then gave them each $20 and a pile of cinder blocks."

"They're doing WHAT???! Tito is starting for the Enforcers and we're missing out some of our best hitters??!"

Indeed, Tito stymied the Blues and the Enforcers provided enough offense for the win. Tim Allen caught a long fly ball in the final inning.   Taylor Pilkington, making his season debut, was robbed of a home run in the first inning.


Rob P 0/3
Sarah EH/1B 0/3
Zach LF 0/3
Taylor 3B
Max SS 2/2 2 HR's
Jeremy RC/EH 0/3
Miles LC/EH 0/3
Josh EH/2B 0/3
Tim EH/LC 0/3
Erin 1B/EH 0/3
Blake 2B/EH 0/3
Chris EH/RC 0/3
Adrienne C
John 1/3
Elyse RF  1/3

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oxford Blues Win Game 2, 13-6

Game 2: Oxford Blues 13, Net@Work/DocTrend 6
Central Park / Great Lawn
June 19, 2013
The Oxford Blues (2-0) won the second game of the season by the score of 13-6 behind the strong pitching and hitting of Zach Haynes who hit a towering triple in the fifth inning. Haynes, who works on the 8th floor, confessed before the game to opening negotiations on acquiring a standing desk, and there was some question whether you would go to your supervisor or Terry Dickerson for such a request.

"I don't have any fucking idea on that one," said Dave D'Addona, who also had a triple and three RBI's and made a diving catch for an out late in the game.  He wore Coach Rob Repino's hat for the duration of the game.  Repino, who was dressed like Jim Leyland wearing black pants, did not play at all.

"I'm telling you," Repino said, "You don't need a standing desk, just get one of those balls like I have in my cube. My core is engaged 8 hours a day."

Max Richman made his Oxford Blues debut and it was evident that he had familiarity with a baseball diamond, as he went 2/2, with 2 RBI's, and successfully threw the ball all the way from third to first for an out on several occasions.

"Jeans, you better watch out," Repino said. "Richman might be the rookie of the year."

"If LeBron wears his head band in Game 7," Landon said. "I will wear my jeans again….!"


Max LF 1/3  2 runs scored
Sarah 2B 0/3
Dave SS 3/3  1 runs scored, 3 RBI's
Zack H  P 3/3, 2 RBI's
Max  3B 2/2, 1 run scored, 2 RBI's
Jeremy  RC/EH  1/3, 1 RBI
Blake 3B/EH 2/3
Josh RF/EH 0/3
Tim 1B/EH 1/2
Erin 1B/EH 0/2
Miles LC 0/2
Chris EH/RC 1/3
Jenny C 1/3  1 RBI
Elyse EH/RF 1/2  1 run scored

Oxford Wins Game 1, 16-4

Game 1: Oxford Blues 16, Shem 4
Randall's Island
June 11, 2013

The Oxford Blues (1-0) won the first game of the season by the score of 16-4. It was A) raining, played on a field on Randall's Island which was B) difficult to find, and then C) difficult to leave.

As we were standing at the bus stop going on 45 minutes, Elyse Turr noticed a map that indicated there was a psychiatric hospital nearby.

"Imagine visiting every psychiatric hospital within a 50 miles radius," I said breathlessly.

"I'd rather go on the Girls tour of Brooklyn," Elyse said. "Or the Stark tour of Westeros. No offense!"

Josh Landon, who arrived to the game wearing jeans, went 2/2, with two runs scored, and 1RBI.

"Good job, Jeans," Coach Repino said. "You might be the rookie of year on the softball field just like you were in higher ed."

"I don't work in higher ed, Rob."

"Oh that's right, Max Sinsheimer is in higher ed."

"I'm not in higher ed either, Rob. I work around the corner from you."

"Guys. Listen. I don't have time to keep track of where you work. We're playing softball here."

Notable offensive performances included Sarah McNamara who went 2/2 with 2 runs scored. Blake Ratcliffe made a diving stop at 3rd and then threw out a runner, so he was awarded the game ball.

Rob 1/1 2R, 1 RBI
Sarah 2/2 2R
Dave 1/1, 2R
Max 0/2, 2R
Blake 1/2, 2R
Miles 1/2, 3R
Josh 2/2, 2R, 1 RBI
Tim 1/2, 1R
Jeremy 1/2, 1R
Jenny  0/2
Elyse 0/2