It’s hard to believe, but last night was the last home game for the Boston Red Sox this year, bringing an end to the commemorative 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park.
It hasn’t quite sunk in for me yet that the season is over. You get in such a routine with this job, and spend so much time at the stadium, that it takes a few days off to realize that it’s actually over.
The game was lackluster, and ended in a Red Sox loss. So, here is an assortment of images from the last game.
I’m not going to share all my thoughts about my work this season here just yet. I’ll save that for later. I’m hOOOOOOping that there’s more baseball still to come…
We’ve reached the point of the season in Boston where the actual games themselves have become overshadowed in importance by other story lines going on. The Red Sox played their last two home games of the 2012 season this week, bringing a close to the 100th anniversary season at Fenway Park.
On Tuesday night, members of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team came back to Boston to greet fans. They were carted around the field in three Duck Tour boats, a throwback to the championship parade in Boston in 2004.
It was a pretty hectic event to shoot, but it was a lot of fun, and neat to see that incredible team all in one place!
Here are a some images from Sunday evening’s public memorial service for Boston Red Sox great Johnny Pesky, who passed away earlier this season. This was an interesting event to cover, as it brought together multiple generations of players and members of the Red Sox organization.
It’s difficult not to get good pictures when you have so many legends sitting in one spot together. It’s always good when you get Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tim Wakefield, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, and Reggie Smith to name a few at the same time.
Not too much happening in the way of action during this game. I tried to mix things up and get some different angles, so I shot from the stands a good amount.
I’m way late on these, but here are some images from last Saturday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. I got some good action and we had some really nice light and shadows to work with, particularly throughout the later innings.
It was also fun to shoot some Orioles photos as they come down the stretch of an incredible playoff run!
I’m a bit late on this post, but I didn’t shoot much game action from Wednesday night that was worth blogging about. Instead, I’ve posted a few miscellaneous frames I shot from the evening’s happenings around the park.
The ceremonial first pitch photo is just like every other ceremonial first pitch photo I shoot, except I thought it was pretty neat how broadcaster Joe Castiglione gave play by play commentary of his own pitch through his microphone while he was throwing it.
I felt like I photographed two different baseball games last night. After a tribute to lives lost on September 11 during the pre-game ceremonies, Fenway Park was as quiet, subdued, and peaceful as I’ve ever seen it for the first couple innings.
Yet by the end of the game, the park was well alive as Jacoby Ellsbury hit a walk-off single to beat the New York Yankees 4-3.
It was one of the better walk-off wins I’ve shot, and we got some really nice reaction out of the players. I’m quite satisfied with the first image I posted above. I love the umpire’s “SAFE!” gesture.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’m starting to really like shooting wide rather than tight for these walk-off wins. From my angle last night, shooting with long glass wouldn’t have worked well.
As a sports photographer, I’m constantly looking for new and interesting angles, and I’m always seeking ways to give viewers a fresh perspective on the games and events they watch and follow.
This can be quite a challenge at times – particularly during a long 162 game baseball season – but it’s that search for the better shot that keeps me going.
Sometimes, you’ll spend an entire game looking for something that never happens. Other times, you happen to be in the right place when something exciting goes down. Today was one of those days.
While this angle has certainly been shot in baseball plenty of times, I personally haven’t had any luck getting a good image from up high all year. I knew this was a good one when I shot it, so I felt good about my day despite a Red Sox loss.
I don’t have anything worth posting from last night’s game, which went past midnight due to several long, horrible rain delays. Instead, I thought I’d post one from a private Dustin Pedroia fielding lesson that I shot before the game yesterday.
Here’s hoping for a better game today! Also, happy start to the football season!
This past Saturday, several members of the 2012 United States Olympic team – those originally from New England – were honored in a Ceremonial First Pitch presentation at Fenway Park.
Among the athletes on hand were two-time Gold Medal gymnast, Aly Raisman, Gold Medal judoka, Kayla Harrison, and Tina Charles and Asjha Jones of the Gold Medal winning women’s basketball team.
This was really neat to see after watching so much of the games this year on TV! Here’s hoping to cover the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro!
Another long one last night! A few blown leads, lead changes, game tying hits, and twelve innings later, I actually got a few nice action images.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Stay focused in the late innings! Pictures are waiting to be made.
Not too much action from this game, but as I went through my edits, I found that these two work nicely as a pair.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Always keep an eye out during pitching changes. There are often some good candid moments like these waiting to be shot.
Here are a few photos from what I can honestly say felt like the longest game I’ve ever worked. It was only 10 innings, but somehow it felt longer than the 17 inning game from earlier this year or any rain delay filled game that I can remember. It was a really, really slow 10 innings.
That’s life, though! This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Patience is a virtue. If you sit and wait long enough, you’ll get a nice photo or two.
Here are a few outtakes I shot from atop the Green Monster during today’s team photo.
Here are a few shots from the ceremonies honoring Johnny Pesky, former Boston Red Sox great who passed away last week.
Fenway Park couldn’t have caught a more beautiful night to recognize him.