Boston Red Sox Photography: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 vs. New York Yankees.

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Pedro Ciriaco celebrates after scoring the game winning run against the New York Yankees Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Ciriaco scored from second base on a walk-off single by Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox won 4-3.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates crowd center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after Ellsbury hit a walk-off single against the New York Yankees Tuesday, September 11, 2012. The Red Sox won 4-3.”

“An American flag is dropped over the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a pre-game ceremony honoring the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001.”

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. 

Photos: Red Sox’ Saltalamacchia Hits Ninth Inning Walk-off Home Run.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates as he runs to first base after hitting a walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates run onto the field in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates crowd home plate in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

It’s nights like these that remind me why I love this job. Not that I don’t love all other nights on the job, but these are particularly special.

There’s nothing like a walk-off win to lift your spirits and give you the opportunity for some really solid pictures, which have been few and far between so far this season in Boston. 

Here’s a few from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the Red Sox. 

Click the photos to enlarge for the full effect.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I shot these from the first row of seats behind the visitor’s on-deck circle. I was really well positioned for Salty’s reaction (first photo above), but I could have been better positioned for the celebration at home plate. Next time, I’ll locate myself further down the third base line so I’m not blocked by umpires and/or camera men.