Photos: Pedro Martinez Inducted Into Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

I’m back in Boston after an incredible couple of days in Cooperstown, New York, where I was sent to shoot the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend. Former Red Sox pitcher, Pedro Martinez, was inducted as a member of the class of 2015 alongside Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, and Randy Johnson.

This was my first visit to Cooperstown, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I quickly learned that the weekend was going to be a busy one, with seemingly one event, press conference, parade, private party, or appearance happening after the other. It was exhausting, but also an experience I won’t forget for quite some time. 

It was neat to be around so many legends of the game at one time, particularly some that I grew up watching.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to have gone! Here is a gallery of photos from the weekend in Cooperstown, as well as the number retirement ceremony back here at Fenway Park.

Get The Bloody Story!

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The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation broke ground at what will soon be home plate of a youth baseball field at the site of the old Memorial Stadium. It’s the first of several parks planned to be built around the city of Baltimore.

Today is a day I’ll never forget, not because the ceremonial press conference itself was so exciting, but because I got an uncontrollable nosebleed in the presence of Maryland royalty.

Among the hundreds of important people that I was in very close proximity to were:

  • Cal Ripken Jr., National Baseball Hall of Famer and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Founder
  • Bill Ripken, 12-year Major League Baseball veteran and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Founder
  • Senator Frank Kelly, Chairman, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore
  • Brooks Robinson, National Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Art Donovan, Pro Football Hall of Famer

I also had my camera and tripod set up next to a slew of camera grips and reporters from every major media outlet in the Baltimore area.

Right before the Mayor was introduced, I looked down and saw that the keys on my Blackberry phone were doused with blood. Looking down was a bad choice, as red droplets decorated my bright yellow polo shirt and bright orange Baltimore Sun lanyard.

I tried stopping the blood with my hands, but this was no ordinary nosebleed. I frantically made a makeshift tissue out of the 8.5 X 11 paper blueprint of the field that I was given earlier.

I left my camera to avoid any further embarrassment. I wandered around aimlessly behind the audience for what seemed like an eternity, hands and face bloody. Luckily, my fellow reporter, Kirby Mills, had a stroke of genius and instructed me to go to the bathroom.

So there I stood in front of the mirror in a bathroom of the YMCA for twenty minutes waiting for my nose to stop bleeding. Naturally, it happened to be bathroom break time for an entire camp full of kids. Their reactions varied: laughter, concern, fear, to name a few.

All the while, the Mayor of Baltimore and one of the Maryland’s most beloved legends were addressing a crowd. I left it to fate that my camera would capture it all without any human assistance.

I cleaned myself up and joined the rest of the press for a close-up interview with Cal Ripken Jr.

What nosebleed?

You’d never know it from the video.

Get the story, at all costs.

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There’s a possibility that Cal Ripken Jr. is offered an advisory role in the Baltimore Orioles front office. Read the story here.

This is the short clip of him discussing the situation today at the groundbreaking event at the site of old Memorial Stadium.

“The Ripken Way.”

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The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted the Badges for Baseball summer camp today at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. The mentoring program, which teaches life lessons through baseball, brings law enforcement personnel together with underprivileged children.

This assignment was quick, straightforward, and exactly what I expected. Because the success of an event depends so greatly on the PR put out by those involved, answers for interviews tend to be rather generic or obvious.

I think that was noticeable with this assignment, and that’s why I had the most fun talking to the kids.

They were candid.

The two boys from Houston just kept babbling about the plane ride to Baltimore and Bill Ripken’s floppy hat, for example.