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Christian Thaxton appeared on NPR’s “Only a Game”

On Saturday, August 12th, Christian Thaxton appeared on NPR’s “Only a Game” which aired nationally.  Only a Game is an Acclaimed show on NPR radio that has an audience of nearly a half a million listeners.  The story was a seven and a half minute piece that can be listened to our read on their web page at this link

Christian is an amazing man with a great outlook on life despite losing his vision only a few short years ago.  Not only does he make the Renegades better on the field, he helps make them better off the field a well.  In 2017, Christian set a league record for the highest batting average in league history.  That story can be explored here:

We want to thank Producer Gary Waleik for being interested in the story and doing such a good job telling it.  We also need to give Bryan Grillo of the Renegades some love as he has always wanted us to appear on this show and created the pitch tat caught Gary’s eyes.  Here are a few pictures of Christian at WBUR where he went into the studio to tell his story

Renegade Christian Thaxton in the studio at WBUR for Only a game

Christian telling his story in the WBUR studio

Christian Thaxton with the only a game producer

Christian Poses with Gary Waleik of WBUR after the show

Christian Thaxton stands in front of the WBUR sign

Christian Thaxton stands in front of the WBUR sign

 

 

 

 

The Renegades win the Beast of the East for the 7th time!

The Renegades win the Beast of the East for the 7th Time!  Though it sounds easy, it’s a ton of blood sweat, tears and hard work.  The Renegade coaches and players only do some of that work.  The Woburn Host Lions did plenty of that work as well.  In the end, 6 teams traveled to Woburn, 9 games were played.  A ton of food was consumed.  We got wet from a short storm.  The crack PR team of the Renegades kicked some collective but and the media loved the story.  Here are some of the highlights of the day from the Renegades perspective.  There will be more to come for sure!!!

Game Scores

1st time slot

  • Philly defeated Rochester 5-1
  • Boston Defeated NJ Titans 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Long Island Defeated the NJ Lightning 7-5

2nd time slot

  • New Jersey Titans defeated Rochester 7-5
  • Boston Defeated NJ Lightning 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Long Island defeated Philly 6-3

3rd time slot

  • New Jersey Lightning defeated Rochester 6-4
  • Boston Defeated Long Island 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Philly defeated the NJ Titans 10-1

Final Standings of the 2017 Beast of the East

Team Wins Losses
Boston 6 0
Long Island 4 2
Philly 3 3
NJ Titans 3 3
NJ Lightning 1 5
Rochester 0 6

Most Impressive stat of the day includes:

Picture of the back of the Shirt showing all the sponsors who helped make up this huge donation to the teams

The Woburn Host Lions donated $1,000 to each team. Here are all of the sponsors who helped them make this possible

The Woburn Host Lions club did something that is unlikely never ben matched in the existence of the NBBA.  They handed out $1,000 checks to EVERY team that competed to help them with their expenses!  That means that they raised $6,000 for the teams to play beep baseball.  When this was announced the teams roared in applause and shock.  Running a beep baseball program is a lot of hard work and costs a lot of money.  A trip for the team to go to the World Series costs in excess of $10,000.   What the Woburn Host Lions did on this day was truly amazing.  We know they got a lot of support to make this happen.  No matter who won the actual games, the Woburn Host Lions won the day for their hard work.  Pictured here is the back of the T- Shirts they made (and also donated to all of the teams) showing all of the sponsors who helped make this possible)

 

 

Members of all of the teams take a picture with the Woburn Host Lions after getting their checks
After the checks were received the teams took a picture with the Lions.  Front Row left to Right:Leah Werner (Rochester), Kirstyn Smith (Rochester), Steve Rutch (NJ Titans), Rob Weissman (Renegades), Dino Vasile (Lions).  Back row Left to Right: BJ Callahan (Lions, Joe Puvogel (Long Island), Joe Dejesus (Long Island), Tony Santiago (Rochester), Bob Memory (Philly), Willy Natoli (Philly), Braulio Thorne (Long Island), Frank DiMauro (Lions), Paul Schmiedel (Lions).  Very back row:  Jamie Redmond (Rochester)

Media Coverage

We had a tremendous response to our call to tell our story to the world.  We really want to get the word out with the hope we can find a few people out there who may never have heard of us and would love to play or coach.  We also want to show people that Disability is spelled with Ability!  Here are links to all of the great stories we had

Television stations

Print Media

Podcasts

Facebook Live

Did you miss any of the action?  We caught all of the Renegade games on Facebook live.  You can see the games here:

Game #1 Boston vs the NJ Titans:

Game #2 Boston vs the NJ Lightning

Game #3 Boston vs Long Island – 1st 2 innings before rain delay

Game #3 Boston vs Long Island – After the rain delay

Joe Quintanilla named to the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame

On April 29th, Joe Quintanilla was named to the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame.  “Q”,  who owns the Renegade record for most games played entered got his start in sports long before he started playing ball in 2000.  Q’s roots as an athlete started long before the Renegades.  He ran 11 different seasons as a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams before graduating high school in 1994.  Joe Also ran the Boston Marathon, ran as part of Boston College and made the 1996 Paralympics team in Atlanta as a representative of the United States.  Congrats.  You are not an Average Joe!

Thanks to Chris Cavallerano, we have a copy of this video on our youtube channel

 

Attached is a picture of his article in the program that the Hall of Fame published for that night

Joe Quintanilla's Hall of Fame article from the April 29th induction ceremony

 

 

Smartest Player in the NBBA has to be Aqil Sajjad

Picture of Aqil Sajjad in the field with text from the show Big Bang Theory

Who is the Smartest player in the NBBA?  Well, there is no official way to measure this but Aqil Sajjad would likely be at the top of any list.  Afterall, how many NBBA players (let alone how many people) have a PHD from Harvard in Theoretical Particle Physics.  Aqil graduated from Harvard in 2014 and what he has accomplished without his sight is amazing and inspirational for many.  He has been the subject of many articles and recently was part of a podcast.  Keep in mind that Aqil has no usable sight and relies on technology and his big brain to help him with all of the equations.

Aqil On The Field

Aqil Sajjad played with the Renegades from 2009-2015.  He took the 2016 season off to get married and prepare for the next chapter in his life, but has hopes of being able to return to the team in 2017.  In his time on the field, he has been one of the most dedicated players. Through the 2016 season, he ranks 10th all-time in games played with 87.  He also owns a lifetime .282 batting average and has made 39 stops on defense.  He ranks 5th in team history in putting the ball into play at 81.3%.  Beyond the stats, we will always remember him falling asleep on a short van ride back to a hotel and then falling out of the van when the door opened.  Aqil – he is for Real!

Here are some links to get to know the Aqil Sajjad, the smartest guy in the league

Weissman interviewed by IBM about volunteerism

IBM logoIBM recently interviewed Rob Weissman, a 13 year employee of IBM about his work with the Boston Renegades.  IBM has supported the Renegades through Weissman’s involvement over the year to the tune of $18,000 in community grants.  The article was posted internal but they have cerated a PDF for us to share with our fans and can be read here:  IBM PDF

Rob Weissman catching during the title game of the 2016 World Series. Photo by John Lykowski

Rob Weissman catching during the title game of the 2016 World Series. Photo by John Lykowski

Local Belmont Paper writes story about Guy Zuccarello!

Guy Zuccarello flexes his muscle but its his actions and leadership that helps this team!The 2016 season has ended and we had it was historic!  Doug Hastings has had a story on his plate for years to write about a special resident of Belmont, Guy Zuccarello.  After a few years he finally got around to writing it and the story was bigger than he had originally thought.  The story appeared in Wicked local tonight and features quotes from both Guy and his coach, Rob Weissman.  It really is a nice read about what Guy means to the Boston Renegades.  Give it a read on Belmont Wicked Local!

Ubersense Visits the Renegades

Ubsersense, a Boston based company that makes an app for the iPhone paid a visit to the Renegades for a practice right before the World Series to see what Beep Baseball is all about.  They heard about the team because the coaching staff of the Renegades gets good use of their app to help the team improve their game.

In 2013, Coach Weissman was talking to an old friend of his named Brent Olyowski.  Brent was in town on a visit and the two got to talking about coaching strategies.   Brent is a High School Football coach and gets strong use of video analysis.   Brent had volunteered with the Renegades in 2003.  He and his wife, Kara spent a week with the Renegades and helped them in the World Series when it was in Denver, Colorado.  Ten years later, Brent returned to the Gades and saw a few familiar faces at practice.

Brent introduced Rob to Ubersense and how easy it was to use.  Brent went one step further and told Ubersense about the Renegades.  When Ubersense came to practice, they brought with them a camera with the hopes of capturing some videos of the team.  They were amazed at the sport and the players.  They even witnessed Danny get his nose broken (and caught that on film).  The end result of their vist was our appearance in a few promotional videos they created.

 

Brent Olyowski at the Gades practice just ten years after he last volunteered with them

Brent Olyowksi gets caught on camera at the Gades practice on the night he introduced Ubersense to the Gades

Renegades Featured in the Boston Globe

On Sunday, May 25th, The Boston Renegades appeared as a feature article in a 4 page spread within the Globe Magazine.  The article was written by David Wanczyk who the Renegades met in the summer of 2013.  Dave is professor of creative writing and is writing a novel about beep baseball and the Renegades are one of the teams he is featuring in his book that is targeting 2015 to hit the shelves.  To find out more on this book project, check out Dave’s Facebook page

The article features 3rd year player, Joe McCormick and shows you how he has overcome adversity to recently graduate Harvard University.  It also takes a look inside the Renegades World Series in 2013, which Dave was granted all access to the team’s inner workings for his book.

The photo shoot was done by the Boston Globe on a dreary day that threatened rain the whole afternoon.  Joe was like a supermodel with the cameras following his every move for nearly two hours.  The lead picture (shown below) was amazing as the photographer, Dina Rudick was literally in the wet grass and mud looking up at him

The article is entitled “the hardest working man in baseball and can be found here on the Globe’s site.  If you are visually impaired and would rather listen to the article you can hear it here on soundcloud

 

Joe Mac - "the hardest working man in baseball)

Photo by Dina Rudick/Boston Globe

 

Sajjad featured in Harvard Gazette article

Aqil Sajjad in the batting cages

Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

On October 1, 2013, the Harvard Gazette published a piece on our very own, Aqil Sajjad.  They even question if he is the hardest working player in the game.  This is a fantastic piece that explores both the baseball side and the personal side of Sajjad who is the Renegades only player from Pakistan but the 4th person in team history with ties to Harvard.  In fact, two of those people are quoted in this article as Joe McCormick and Nick Chisholm add some spice to the article  Read the piece at this link

PHD, Aqil Sajjad Featured in article with Learning Ally

While many people in the United States laugh at a television hit called the Big Bang Theory, The Renegades have a team mate that may fit into that show.  Aqil Sajjad is a blind athlete for the Renegades who up until a few days ago had never heard of this TV show.  Aqil is a Theoretical Physics student at Harvard with his PHD.  You think hitting a baseball without sight is tough…how about working some of those equations?  We have a smart team, but Aqil takes it to another level.  The only big bang we really care about though is the Bang off his bat!  Read the article on our media page or on the Learning Ally web site

 

The Renegades have a theoretical Physicist that could be on the big bang theory.  Of course his "big bang" was the walk off hit he had against New Jersey last weekend!  How can he do physics without his sight?  He is WICKED SMAHT!