Boston Red Sox Photos: David Ortiz Bids Farewell.

I came into last night feeling optimistic about another magical come from behind Boston Red Sox run to win this year’s American League Division Series. Although the game was as close as it could have been, that comeback we all dreamed of wasn’t meant to be, and the Cleveland Indians completed their sweep of Boston to advance to the next round of the post season.

With last night’s result, the remarkable career of David Ortiz came to a close. Fittingly, his final curtain call happened at Fenway Park, and as he always seems to do, Big Papi owned the moment. I’ll never forgot his final at bat, a walk. I’ll never forget watching him stand at first base pumping his arms in the air to fire up the crowd one last time. And I’ll never forget his emotional final salute to the fans on the pitcher’s mound after the game was over. It’s amazing how one man can have such an impact on so many people. 

There are some incredible photographers in Boston and around the country that have documented David’s entire career, from the beginning through these final moments last night. I consider myself lucky to have been there for the last five years of his career, a chapter that included a World Series win in 2013 in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. He’s one of those figures in sports that is larger than life, and it was a pleasure to cover such an iconic subject for part of the journey. 

And just like that, my seventh season in Major League Baseball, and fifth with the Boston Red Sox, is done. As a team photographer in a city like Boston and a venue like Fenway Park, your switch needs to be turned on all the time. It can be exhausting, frustrating, and taxing at times, and there were certainly points in the season where I felt all of those. I had fun – a lot of fun. There were great moments, too many to count, and even better people in my life, all of which I’m very thankful for.

Congratulations to everyone in the front office on a fantastic season! 

Now, it’s time for some rest before the off-season shooting begins. More to come, as always!

BOSTON RED SOX PHOTOS: AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES TEAM WORKOUTS.

Here are some photos from the Red Sox team workout on the off day before game three of the American League Division Series.

PHOTOS: 2016 ALDS GAME TWO – BOSTON RED SOX VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS.

 

Yikes! We find ourselves down 2-0 in the American League Division Series after another loss yesterday against the Cleveland Indians. Not a whole lot of opportunities for Red Sox pictures yesterday.

We’re back in Boston now. Here’s hoping for a come back in the series!

Boston Red Sox Photos: ALDS Workouts In Cleveland.

The Red Sox held a brief workout yesterday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a day ahead of game one of the American League Division Series.

Boston Red Sox Photos: American League Division Series Team Workouts.

The Red Sox postseason push began yesterday, as the team held a brief work out at Fenway Park before traveling to Cleveland ahead of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. Here are some images from the workout, as well as the trip to Ohio with the team.

Photos: ALDS Game Two – Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rounds first base after hitting a home run during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rounds first base after hitting a home run during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates as he scores on an RBI double by Dustin Pedroia during the fifth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates as he scores on an RBI double by Dustin Pedroia during the fifth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a home run during the eighth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a home run during the eighth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury steals second base during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury steals second base during the first inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits an RBI single during the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits an RBI single during the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia avoids a tag from shortstop Yunel Escobar during the fourth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia avoids a tag from shortstop Yunel Escobar during the fourth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after completing a double play to end the top of the eighth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after completing a double play to end the top of the eighth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara runs onto the field before the ninth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara runs onto the field before the ninth inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in game two of the American League Division Series to take a 2-0 series lead Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in game two of the American League Division Series to take a 2-0 series lead Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz picks up pitcher Koji Uehara after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in game two of the American League Division Series to take a 2-0 series lead Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz picks up pitcher Koji Uehara in celebration after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in game two of the American League Division Series to take a 2-0 series lead Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It was another great one at Fenway Park last night, as the Red Sox kept rolling to beat David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 2-0 series lead in the American League Division Series.

There’s something about this team. They always seem to come up with the timeliest hits and big defensive plays when they need them most. They’ve done that all season, and it’s been more of the same so far this series. David Ortiz was clutch in game two, hitting home runs in both the first and eighth innings. His first one really set the tone and got the crowd into the game early.

Atmosphere is a huge part of the playoffs, so I’m aiming to show that through my photos. Although shooting the regular, tight action photos is necessary, I’ve also been liking the look of these loose action photos that show the crowd and ambience as well. 

Hopefully, I’ll have more chances to play around with that balance in the coming days. The team is down in Tampa right now. One win and we’re on to the ALCS!

Photos: ALDS Game One – Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

"Players line up in the infield during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Players line up in the infield during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shakes Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon's hand during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shakes Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon’s hand during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Mayor Tom Menino throws out the ceremonial first pitch alongside Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz before Game One of the American League Division Series Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Mayor Tom Menino throws out the ceremonial first pitch alongside Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz before Game One of the American League Division Series Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes high fives teammates during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes high fives teammates during a pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and family members of Krystle Campbell, a victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, are introduced during a marathon tribute pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and family members of Krystle Campbell, a victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, are introduced during a marathon tribute pre-game ceremony before the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the first inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the first inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes hits an RBI double during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes hits an RBI double during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava, and Dustin Pedroia congratulate left fielder Jonny Gomes after scoring during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox teammates Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava, and Dustin Pedroia congratulate left fielder Jonny Gomes after scoring during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks scores as right fielder Shane Victorino runs to first base after hitting an RBI single during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks scores as right fielder Shane Victorino runs to first base after hitting an RBI single during the fourth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli slides into second base as he avoids a tag from second baseman Ben Zobrits after hitting a double during the fifth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli slides into second base as he avoids a tag from second baseman Ben Zobrits after hitting a double during the fifth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester tips his cap as he walks to the dugout during the eighth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester tips his cap as he walks to the dugout during the eighth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield gives signs during the sixth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield gives signs during the sixth inning of Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox players line up after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in  Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox players line up after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game One of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

There’s nothing more exciting than playoff baseball, and I’m really pumped that we have it here in Boston this year. 

Yesterday was Game One of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and from a Sox photographer’s point of view, things couldn’t have gone better. Although there wasn’t anything to out of the ordinary in the way of pictures, the team came out and dominated with a 10-2 win to begin the series. 

I shot the game from one of two temporary, auxiliary photo pits built for the postseason on the inside ends of each dugout. It’s a nice luxury having those extra pits, which give us a different angle than we normally have during the regular season.

This is a selection of photos from both the pre-game Boston Marathon tribute ceremony as well as the game itself. 

Game Two is tonight!