Joe Quintanilla is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Q SAFE!Joe Quintanilla was the first “Not Your average Joe” to join the Boston Renegades back in 2001.  As a young kid, Joe Q wanted to be the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox!  When asked in school what do you want to do when you grow up, he would answer “the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, like Jim Rice!”  Retinitis Pigmentosa got in the way of Joe’s childhood dream, and he was never able to play little league.

In 2001, everything changed, Joe Q was one of the first players to join the Boston Renegades.  “Hitting a ball that is pitched to you was and is an awesome experience!” He says.  “I finally was able to play the outfield and wear number 14!”  For sixteen years, Joe Q has been patrolling the outfield for the Renegades and leads the team in most games played and 2nd in runs scored.  Join him at Not Your Average Joe’s Sunday!

While at the 2010 World Series in Minnesota, the Rochester Post Bulletin ran a few articles in the sports page about the athletes at the Beep Baseball World Series.  One of those articles was about our very own Joe Quintanilla.  The article was titled “Leads by Example” and was subtitled “Nearly blind, Boston man has blazed an inspiring trail”.  The article is no longer available on line but we have a picture of the article that appeared in print with a full color picture of Joe in his batting stance and blind fold on.  We apologize for not having the text in a format for screen readers.  Click the photo to read the article.

Article in the Rochester Post Bulletin from 2010 on Joe Quintanilla

Dr. Frates donates time to the Renegades

Dr. Beth FratesIn the summer of 2015, Dr. Beth Frates found her self watching a bunch of blind guys running around playing beep baseball and joking with each other.  She was there to support her colleague, Dr. Mike Marciello, who is a hitting coach on the team.  Dr. Frates found some inspiration from this group of Renegades and she even helped them out a few times when the coach forgot equipment at home.  That was just the beginning of her showing her big heart and willingness to help.  She wanted to find a way to donate her time and skills.

She wanted to help the Renegades in some capacity but did not have the time to become a coach of the squad.  She dropped a hint that her professional skills may be able to help many of the Renegades.  On Sunday night, May 22 she jumped on a call with 14 Renegades and she bought a passion with her to help the team.  Hitting, running, defense are all skills a beepball player needs to succeed.   The Renegades work on these skills tirelessly.  In addition the Renegades have created a culture where teamwork is essential and help is available for people on and off the field.  In recent years, the Renegades have worked hard at mental toughness as well.   However to get to the next level an athlete needs to take care of his/her body.  Tournament time is very hard on the ball players.  Very few sports require a player to play three games (which can last 2.5-3 hours a game) a day  for three days in a row in 90-100 degree heat.

Dr. Frates took time out of her work day to understand the needs of the Renegades.  She took time to listen to the rigors of a beep baseball season and what the Renegade way of handling things looks like.  We found many of the things we do are some the best practices.  However, she had some amazing tips to help the Renegades in all walks of their life.

Dr. Frates is a trained physiatrist and is a Director of Wellness Programming at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and is an assistant Professor at Harvard Medical school.  She had a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the players.  She created a program for the team to discuss ways players could perform better on the field.  She brought many tips about nutrition, meal planning, Carb loading, Pre game meals, Lunch time strategies and dinner strategies when at tournaments.  Foods to gravitate toward and ingredients to avoid.  She discussed the importance of hydration, ways to get hydration and other causes of muscle cramps.  She brought stories of what to eat after games to improve recovery time.  And when we thought it was over, she told us all about the importance of sleep, stretching, optimism and breathing to reduce stress and optimize performance.  She had passion, an understanding of our players needs and spent an additional 30 minutes answering questions from the team.  We are very grateful to have had this opportunity.   The lessons she taught us will help the Renegades perform better on the fields and compete for a championship in 2016!

 

But enough of this writer babbling….what did some the players have to say when it was over?

Joe Yee Dr. Frates, thank you for taking the time to speak with us about nutrition and healthy living.  The topics of Hydration and Healthy Plate is especially important to me, as I have been struggling with meal planning, and choosing the right things to eat.  It was great to hear about the examples and suggestions of the different foods that are healthy for us, and this will help us improve athletically, and our overall living.
Rob Dias  I’m excited to try and implement  some of her suggestions leading up to game time. I don’t think I can commit to eating quinoa and wheat berry (or something similar) every day, but I can certainly eat those things a couple of times a week. There are a few healthy eating options near my work so leading up to some of our games I can be sure to focus on those foods she suggested. Luckily for me I’m not a big breakfast eater, so it’s nice to know that some of my choices I have made in the past for breakfast before a game falls in line with some of her suggestions.  I really think that the call last night built a lot of value for us.
Photo of Justen Cantan The information provided was extremely informative, especially since it was tailored towards the team, our goals, and our current structure of practices and games. As a big advocate of health and wellness, I especially love how she tied in everything to the importance of self-care and overall health.
Photo of Guy Zuccarello Many thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with the team about nutrition, health, and wellness.  I learned a great deal in general and found your information about post-game recovery eating to be particularly enlightening.  I am sure we will make great strides as a team armed with this valuable knowledge.
Photo of Shayne Cantan
Dr. Fates was nothing short of fabulous, she made everything interesting and her energy was contageous.  I made sure that I took notes, questions that I have had for months, maybe even years have been answered.  Perhaps what I really enjoyed though, was her ability to incorporate the nutritional part of athletics, with the mental part of it as well, the importance of a good diet, sleep, and proper breathing.  I am also excited to hear her ideas for recovery for people who are Lactose intolerant, she seemed to enjoy the possibility of learning something new, while continuing to be an educator.  Ultimately, if you love what you do, it’ll show, she clearly does, and I’m grateful she was willing to bestow her knowledge onto us.

Its volunteers like Dr. Beth Frates who help make a difference in the lives of our players and we are grateful for her time and energy!

Joe Yee is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014.  Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014. Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee is definitely not your average Joe. Handsome and smart, Joe is a Systems Engineer for Harvard Management Company.  Joe did not just slip into that job or ‘know somebody who knew somebody’; he worked his way up starting as a desktop support person and moving from lead instructor for Microsoft BackOffice to his current position. But because all work and no play makes a dull man indeed, Joe is also involved with organizations such as Ski for Light and the Association of Blind Citizens. Founded in 1975, Ski for Light teaches visually impaired people how to ski and give participants who have already mastered the basics the chance to improve their skills and endurance. Joe is definitely in the latter category and had skied 85 KM when last in Anchorage.  He has also participated in New England Regional Ski for Light. With Ski for Light, Joe has skied in Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, and Utah, to name a few, and he keeps going back for more. With the Association of Blind Citizens, Joe plays competitive Beep Baseball, and this year, his goal is to become a force to be reckoned with.  His driven nature to keep improving himself is spirited by the supportive volunteer coaches of the Boston Renegades.

Much as Joe prizes work and sports, he is also a family man. There are at least two nieces and several cousins who can attest to the fact that Joe is uncle and cousin extraordinaire, and that he is a cherished and beloved member of a family that does everything from learn Mandarin Chinese (Joe already knows Cantonese); to frolic on Cape Cod and eat Whoopie  Pies (don’t ask!). Joe’s friends would say the same. They cherish his quiet humor, his technical prowess, and his unwavering generosity and kindness. Joe’s biggest fan, however, might just be Cecilia, his first guide dog. Joe and Cecelia became a pair in 2005. As soon as he left Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Joe knew he had a trusted companion and guide. She helped Joe explore new adventures, travel safely, and navigate new and unfamiliar places around the country. Cecelia is Joe’s best friend, and she is enjoying retirement after ten and a half years of service.

It’s a pity guide dogs can’t ski or play Beep Ball, but who knows, maybe this not your average Joe can do something about that! One can hope.

– Bio written by Megan S.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below

 

Joe McCormick is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Mac - "the hardest working man in baseball)

Photo by Dina Rudick/Boston Globe

Joe McCormick was a happy, healthy 17 year old high school senior when he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). LHON causes rapid sudden central vision loss and within months Joe was legally blind. Before his diagnosis Joe was at the top of his class, the captain of his Robotics team, and the goalie of the varsity soccer team. He was slated to attend MIT in the fall and study mechanical engineering. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and especially his girlfriend, Ashley. One of Joe’s favorite things to do was drive his car. He loved the freedom of being able to just hop in his car and go.

Most people really struggle with vision loss. Joe found a way to accept it.  He told his friends “I may be going blind but I am still one of the luckiest people I know!” He went on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer Science in just 4 years without any delays or extra time to help him with his vision loss.  Today, Joe is a happy, healthy 23 year old with a great job, a wonderful fiancé, and a beautiful new home. He is passionate about Beepball and loves playing the game with his amazing teammates.

On the field he has grown into one of the leaders of the Boston Renegades.  He is Not Your average Joe on the field as he has set a few team records and been named to league all-star teams in his short 4 year career. This High School soccer player turned beep baseball all star got off to a fast start in 2012 and set a team record by hitting .586 in is Rookie year with the Renegades (a 14-year history).  He never gives up and is always trying to make himself better and in 2014, he was named to the League All- star team when he hit .600 at the National World Series in Rochester, Minnesota.  In 2015, he became just the 2nd player in team history to hit .600 for an entire season as he  hit .606.   You will be amazed to see what he can accomplish with his vision loss because he is not your average Joe!

This Joe was also featured in an article in the Boston Globe in May of 2014.  Theses a must read article to see how he overcame the loss of his sight with a can do attitude and what he has been able to accomplish.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below