It has become a late-summer tradition: the Andre Chiefs and the Lexington Blue Sox, consistently the two best teams in the Intercity League for the past six years, will meet in the best-of-five ICL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time in six years. The last three meetings have gone all five games, with the Blue Sox winning twice and the Chiefs winning once. Last year’s series provided plenty of memorable moments, from Dan Graham’s game-winning grand slam with two outs in the top of the 7th to steal a victory from the Chiefs, to Jared Freni’s one-hit 1-0 shutout on three days’ rest to force game five, to the Blue Sox’ offensive explosion in game five and the ensuing celebration with Pete Frates on the field. The Blue Sox will look to wrap up their 11th championship in their 20-year history and re-Pete for Pete Frates, in what has become the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge in his name.
All five games will take place at Morelli Field at Melrose High School. By virtue of Andre being the higher seed, they will be the home team for games one, three, and five, with the Blue Sox being the home team for games two and four. All five games will be broadcast live on Ustream and made available for download the next day on MediaFire. The schedule is as follows:
Game One: Wednesday, August 20th, 7:55 p.m.
Game Two: Thursday, August 21st, 7:55 p.m.
Game Three: Friday, August 22nd, 7:55 p.m.
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, August 24th, time TBD
Game Five (if necessary): Tuesday, August 26th, 7:55 p.m.
Saturday is the traditional off-day for the Intercity League, and Monday the 25th is the day of Steve Buckley’s annual Old Time Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge. If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it at CTN Media at 7 p.m. This year’s game is a dual fundraiser for the Pete Frates #3 Fund and the ALS Therapy Development Institute of Cambridge.
Local Sports Productions will have complete coverage of the Lexington Blue Sox’s run towards an 11th Intercity League Title starting Thursday or Friday at 8 p.m. on Ustream, depending on potential weather delays of tonight’s games. In the meantime, relive the entire Blue Sox season in the On-Demand Archives here, including their regular season finale win over the Andre Chiefs here.
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Remote Control is a new live blog coming to Local Sports Productions this football season. On as many game days as possible, I’ll sit down in front of the TV and watch as much college and NFL football I can. I’ll pick a game to start and live-blog my thoughts as the game progresses. Then, when the game goes to a commercial, I’ll change the channel and start live-blogging the next game. Repeat ad nauseam until the games are done.
Assignments for the Lowell Sun, Groton Line, and LSP take priority, but once I’m home, I’ll get started. Sounds like fun, right? Tune in Thursday, August 28th at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. (depending on if I get the SEC Network – thanks, Comcast).
The Lexington Blue Sox will test their mettle in the next two weeks with nine games in twelve days. including two against the rival Andre Chiefs (and possibly a third, TBD). They passed the first test easily with a 12-1 victory over Wakefield last night, which you can download here.
LSP will broadcast seven of the remaining eight games. Here’s the schedule:
Sunday, July 27th @ Melrose Americans – 3:55 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30th vs. Andre Chiefs – 7:55 p.m.
Thursday, July 31st @ Mooney Dental Tanners – 7:55 p.m.
Friday, August 1st vs. Andre Chiefs – 7:55 p.m.
Sunday, August 3rd @ Reading Bulldogs – 4:55 p.m.
Monday, August 4th vs. Reading Bulldogs – 7:55 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5th vs. Mooney Dental Tanners – 7:55 p.m.
All of these games can be streamed live on ustream.tv/channel/localsportsproductions or by downloading the Ustream app for your Android or iPhone and following lsplive. Then download the games the next day on MediaFire.
Sorry about the delay, but you can now listen to the Blue Sox’s victories over Mooney and Melrose from last Thursday and Friday here:
Lexington Blue Sox @ Mooney Dental Tanners, 7-10-2014
Melrose Americans @ Lexington Blue Sox, 7-11-2014
This Saturday is the Eastern Mass. All Star Classic, a one-day tournament featuring the best players from the Intercity League, Cranberry League, Yawkey League, and Park League. It will be played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, home of the Brockton Rox of the FCBL.
Unfortunately, I will not be there.
That day, I’ll be in Maine, where my family will be holding a service for our first dog, Spunky, who passed away in March of last year. We adopted him when he was three years old in September of 1997. He was a very good friend to me, especially at times when I felt like I didn’t have any friends. He would sleep at my feet every night. He would stand on his hind legs and do dances for treats. He would try to occupy my mother’s chair in our living room. And to think he almost didn’t make it to his first Christmas with us – he broke into a box of chocolates that were under the tree, forcing us to call the Canine Toxicology Hotline (a 900 number, at that). Thankfully, we saved his furry little butt, and he lived until he was 19.
I’m dedicating all of this week’s broadcasts to Spunky’s memory. Please find it in your heart to find your own Spunky – adopt a dog today. If you’re in the Boston area, I’d suggest the Buddy Dog Humane Society – the same place where we found Spunky.
Effective immediately, I’m overhauling the UStream page by deleting all four individual team channels (MIAA, Blue Sox, LHS, BB&N) and broadcasting all events from one easier-to-remember channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/LocalSportsProductions (capital letters not required).
This is easier on both myself and you, the listener. Now you can bookmark just one channel for all broadcasts, and I don’t have to type out one of four different URLs to announce when I’m going live, especially considering that all the channels were multiple words and had several hyphens in the domain name.
So update your bookmarks, follow the new channel if you’ve got a UStream account, and tune in tomorrow at 5:55 p.m. when the Blue Sox visit the Watertown Reds.
P.S. – Listen to Mike Bourdon’s two-hit shutout against the Reading Bulldogs from Monday here.
The Blue Sox are 2-0 to start the 2014 season with wins over the Watertown Reds and Wakefield Merchants. Listen to the broadcasts now:
Watertown Reds @ Lexington Blue Sox, 5-30-2014
Lexington Blue Sox @ Wakefield Merchants, 6-1-2014
Live coverage of the Blue Sox returns Wednesday at 7:25 p.m. when the Blue Sox travel to Morelli Field to take on the Melrose Americans. Listen live on Ustream!
Tomorrow at 3:55 p.m., LSP will broadcast the final BB&N baseball game of the season at Belmont Hill. That wraps up high school sports coverage, but never fear – the Lexington Blue Sox are just around the corner!
Coverage of the 2014 Lexington Blue Sox kicks off Friday, May 30 at 7:55 p.m. when the Blue Sox host the Watertown Reds. Then on Sunday, June 1, the Blue Sox travel to Walsh Field to take on the Wakefield Merchants at 4:55 p.m.
The following weekend, the Blue Sox will play three games against the Cotuit Kettleers over the course of two days. Times to be determined, all three games (and the games above) to be broadcast on Ustream.
Thanks for tuning in!
P.S. – Something is in the works for Fall 2014. Stay tuned…