Boston Red Sox Photos: Sunday, May 26, 2013 vs. Cleveland Indians.

"Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate as center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury rounds first base after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate as center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury rounds first base after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew makes a diving stop on a ground ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew makes a diving stop on a ground ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is tagged out by second baseman Jason Kipnes as he slides into second base after driving in a run during the third inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is tagged out by second baseman Jason Kipnes as he slides into second base after driving in a run during the third inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013.”

Wow, what a game. What began as a really slow, dull game quickly turned into an unpredictable, crazy, dramatic ending, as the Red Sox rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians. That’s what baseball is all about right there.

I shot all nine innings from the third base photo pit yesterday. Often, the best pictures are made when, by chance, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This was one of those times, as the Jacoby Ellsbury celebration photos looked fantastic from the third base angle. Here is what the reaction looked like from first base, shot by Jim Davis of The Boston Globe, and here’s a closer look from third base, shot by Winslow Townson for the Associated Press. 

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating because it’s important to remember. It’s days like these that remind you why this line of work is so special. 

To me, there’s nothing sweeter than knowing you took a good picture. Nothing sweeter!

Photos: Red Sox Baseball Resumes After Marathon Attacks.

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning 3-run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning 3-run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava celebrates with Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli after hitting the game-winning 3-run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava celebrates with Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli after hitting the game-winning 3-run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon.”

"The Boston Red Sox congratulate each other after defeating the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon."

“The Boston Red Sox congratulate each other after defeating the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was the first Red Sox home game since the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon.”

"Shawna Salomon of Auburn, Massachusetts kisses her son, Jacob, 3, as Blake Ratcliffe of Brighton, Massachusetts watches on Yawkey Way during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Shawna Salomon of Auburn, Massachusetts kisses her son, Jacob, 3, as Blake Ratcliffe of Brighton, Massachusetts watches on Yawkey Way during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis greets fans during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis greets fans during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"A Boston Police Officer salutes the flag during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“A Boston Police Officer salutes the flag during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Marathon Volunteer Tinamarie Sanborn of Somerville, Massachusetts gives a birthday hug to Tom Licciardello of North Andover, Massachusetts during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Marathon Volunteer Tinamarie Sanborn of Somerville, Massachusetts gives a birthday hug to Tom Licciardello of North Andover, Massachusetts during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Marathon Volunteers are introduced during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Marathon Volunteers are introduced during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"A fan wipes tears away during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“A fan wipes tears away during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"A picture of Lingzi Lu, one of the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, is shown on the scoreboard during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“A picture of Lingzi Lu, one of the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, is shown on the scoreboard during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"A fan holds a Boston Strong sign during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“A fan holds a Boston Strong sign during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Wally the Green Monster mascot shows his Boston Strong shoes during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Wally the Green Monster mascot shows his Boston Strong shoes during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Fans sing along to the National Anthem during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Fans sing along to the National Anthem during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Marathon Volunteers stand in front of the American Flag on the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Marathon Volunteers stand in front of the American Flag on the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, and others involved in the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Fans greet each other in the Green Monster Seats during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Fans greet each other in the Green Monster Seats during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

"Fans sing along to 'Sweet Caroline' during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013."

“Fans sing along to ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon Saturday, April 20, 2013.”

Sports have a way of bringing people together. In the wake of the tragedies of the Boston Marathon, I think the city has been itching to get back to normalcy.

What better way to do that than with a Red Sox game at Fenway Park? After a city-wide lockdown during the tail end of an intense manhunt extended into Friday evening, Friday’s originally scheduled game was postponed. Today, we’ve got a double-header to make up for that game, but yesterday’s game, the first home game since the attacks, was one to remember. 

The pre-game ceremony was both solemn and comforting, and the game finished with a storybook ending – a late inning come from behind win off of Daniel Nava’s three run home run.

Here are my images from throughout the day.

Photos: Boston Marathon Bombings, Red Sox Win.

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia celebrates after scoring on a walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia celebrates after scoring on a walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino jumps into a pile of players as they celebrate after walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino jumps into a pile of players as they celebrate after walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"An American flag drops over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 during a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot's Day."

“An American flag drops over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 during a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot’s Day.”

"Members of the United States Air Force stand in left field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 before a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot's Day."

“Members of the United States Air Force stand in left field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 before a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot’s Day.”

"Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013.”

"A young fan hits a beach ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young fan hits a beach ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Jeff Mahoney and Althia Wait of Medford, Massachusetts, were married before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Jeff Mahoney and Althia Wait of Medford, Massachusetts, were married before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A vendor sells lemonade during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A vendor sells lemonade during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A fan eats a Fenway Frank during a game between the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A fan eats a Fenway Frank during a game between the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Shane Victorino is shown in the outfield grass during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Shane Victorino is shown in the outfield grass during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans crowd the Gate B food court at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Fans crowd the Gate B food court at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013.”

"Members of the End Zone Militia pose for a photograph during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Members of the End Zone Militia pose for a photograph during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013.”

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside Hynes Convention Center in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside Hynes Convention Center in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Boston, MA, April 15, 2013:  A Boston SWAT team member walks near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  (Photo by Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston SWAT team member walks near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Boston SWAT team members patrol near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston SWAT team members patrol near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A woman cares for a Boston Marathon runner outside Hynes Convention Center after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A woman cares for a Boston Marathon runner outside Hynes Convention Center after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Marathon volunteers leave the scene near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Marathon volunteers leave the scene near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston Marathon runner makes a phone call near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston Marathon runner makes a phone call near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Ambulances line the street near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Ambulances line the street near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Massachusetts Deval Patrick (right) watches as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (left) addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Massachusetts Deval Patrick (right) watches as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (left) addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A pedestrian walks on Commonwealth Ave near Kenmore Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A pedestrian walks on Commonwealth Ave near Kenmore Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Fire Department reacts in a firetruck after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Fire Department reacts in a firetruck after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Pedestrians walk near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Pedestrians walk near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

It’s crazy how things can change so quickly. On Monday morning, I photographed the Red Sox pull-out an emotional, hard fought walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays. In the afternoon, I was photographing the aftermath of two bomb explosions that rocked the center of Boston at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores of others.

To be absolutely clear and upfront, I put lots of thought and consideration into how to display these photos, if even at all. Thankfully, I was nowhere near the finish line when the explosions happened, but some of these are still a bit tough to swallow. I also debated whether to post images from the Red Sox game. At a time like this, it’s hard to be sure if sports matter at all. But the Sox are a huge part of Boston. This city breathes baseball at this time of year, and so I think, given their emotional, late-inning win on Monday, the photos are both newsworthy and in acceptable taste. I also find it important to see how upbeat the atmosphere at the Park was, and how that all changed so swiftly.

Below is my account of yesterday’s unpredictable and tragic course of events:

We rarely get day games in baseball, and we almost never get morning games. That’s one of the many things that makes the Boston Red Sox season so special. Every year on Patriot’s Day and Marathon Monday, fans from all over fill the stadium for an 11:00 A.M. game. It’s a treat for families and friends who have the day off from work. This year was no exception.

I roamed the park for the majority of the game. Days like yesterday are more about the scene than the action anyway, so I wanted to document all that was going on. It’s funny, because I remember thinking to myself in the sixth or seventh inning that this was one of the happiest, most lively crowds I’ve ever seen at a game. As you’ll see from the photos above, kids were throwing beach balls and stuffing their faces with hot dogs, and older fans were partying in the bleacher seats. One couple even showed up to the game in full wedding garb. They had been married just hours before.

After the top of the ninth inning when the Tampa Bay Rays mounted a comeback to tie the game up, you’d have thought they would have sucked all life out of the place. But such was not the case, and the crowd rallied around the Sox as Dustin Pedroia sparked a rally with a walk and eventually scored the game winning run on an RBI double by Mike Napoli. It was the Sox’ second walk-off win in three games.

It wasn’t until two fellow photojournalists and I were finishing up our game edits in the office when we heard the news. I sat there, dumbfounded as I watched the breaking coverage on television. I think I stared at the same caption I was working on, trying to complete it for five minutes and not getting a single word out.

After several more minutes, it collectively sank in that we needed to get out there. We were three capable, talented photojournalists with gear ready, so we began to make our way downtown.

We shot what we saw along the way, but quickly found that we couldn’t get into the actual scene of the explosion. We thought we should try to get a vantage point from up high, so we went to the top floor of the Westin Hotel in Copley Square. After knocking on a few doors, we found some guests who were there and graciously let us into their room to shoot pictures out the window. They had a vantage point of the sites of both explosions, which you can see above. After filing pictures from their room, we went downstairs and happened to stumble into the end of the press conference with Governor Patrick and Police Commissioner Davis. 

When that was through, I made my way back home, shooting what I saw along the way, and called it a day. 

I’m lucky I wasn’t close. I’m lucky I didn’t see what the photojournalists near the finish line saw and photographed. It’s impossible for anyone to prepare for a situation like this. Say what you will about how the media has covered this story, or others similar to it. The good journalists out there do it right, and it’s times like these that show the importance and necessity of this profession. 

My heart goes out to everyone involved with the Marathon. 

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.

From the archives.

"Baltimore Orioles teammates congratulate left fielder Nolan Reimold as he runs toward home plate after hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Orioles won 6-4."

Here’s one of my all-time favorites! I just came across this one as I was searching through my archives. 

A nice, exciting, colorful jolt of energy to contrast the dreary weather we’ve had all week. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 vs. Chicago White Sox

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters walks toward home plate after a mound visit in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones bats in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"A woman walks through the left field upper concourse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Wednesday, August 10, 2011."

"Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn and center fielder Alex Rios warm up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles teammates congratulate left fielder Nolan Reimold as he runs toward home plate after hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Orioles won 6-4."

Nolan Reimold lifted the Orioles to an extra innings win on Wednesday, hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox. 

I had a great night shooting from start to finish, so that’s why I’m posting this many photos. I’ve been noticing the sunlight a lot as of late, so these are some variations on some of the other images that I’ve made recently.

Most importantly, though, this was the first walk off finish I’ve been at in which I’m truly satisfied with my celebration shots. This time, I stayed calm, didn’t try to shoot too many things at once, and came away with a nice set of images. It also helped that the players, particularly Robert Andino, went overboard with their reactions. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The camera I shoot with delays if you fire off too many shots in a row. Towards the end of the dog-pile at home plate, I wasn’t able to shoot any more because all the previous frame I had snapped didn’t load fast enough. So, next time I have to shoot that many frames, I’ll make sure to pace myself.  

Scranton Men’s Lacrosse holds Goucher from winning second consecutive Conference title

"University of Scranton Junior midfielder Mike Rufo celebrates after defeating Goucher College to win the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Members of University of Scranton's Men's Lacrosse team celebrate after being named the Landmark Conference champions on Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Members of the Goucher College Men's Lacrosse team sprint down the hill as part of their pre-game ritual before the Landmark Conference championship game Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"The Goucher College Men's Lacrosse team celebrates on the sideline after scoring the first goal of the Landmark Conference championship game against the University of Scranton Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Midfielder John Curry '12 (right) celebrates with attacker Rory Averett '12 after scoring a goal against the University of Scranton during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse championship game Saturday, May 7, 2011."

The Goucher College Men’s Lacrosse team fell to the University of Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship game last Saturday. The loss prevented Goucher from winning their second consecutive Conference title. The full story, along with my photograph, is here

As a four-year athlete for Goucher athletics, it was impossible to ignore my emotions while shooting this game. Such was the case last year as well, when I witnessed Goucher win a championship for the first time. 

It was difficult to swallow us losing, and it was even worse being given the responsibility of shooting the official championship team photo of Scranton for the Landmark Conference. But, as Goucher’s Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, mentioned to me on the field as Scranton received their championship t-shirts player by player, “Everyone has their time in the sun.”

Despite how painful it was shooting the Royals’ celebrations at the end of the fourth quarter, there’s no doubt that these images stand alone as valuable additions to my sports portfolio. I shot lots of nice action during the game, but regardless of the score, the day was all about emotions and energy. These photographs demonstrate that from both ends of the sideline. 

Goucher greets new year!

 

 

"Members of the Junior class celebrate the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year at the annual Opening Ceremonies at Goucher College Wednesday, September 1, 2010."

 

It’s hard to believe, but I’m already a Senior at Goucher College. It’s been an amazing three years, and I’m excited to round out my time at this wonderful place.

The start to the year was crazy, so I’m just finding the time now to get back onto Billie with an I.E. and reflect on the work I’m doing. This will without a doubt be the busiest year I’ve had here. I know it’ll also be the most rewarding.

I’m the Editor-In-Chief of The Quindecim, Goucher’s Independent Student Newspaper. I spent the summer making significant changes to all aspects of the publication, and we’ve already received nothing but positive feedback and encouragement from many people on campus and in the Towson area.

Throughout the year, I’ll also be writing an extensive Senior Thesis for honors in the Communications and Media Studies department. Because overseeing our newspaper is what I’m most passionate about (and what takes up a major part of my schedule), I’ve decided to focus the project on student newspapers on college campuses throughout the country. Specifically, I’ll be looking at the balance and interaction between college administrations and student newspapers.

I looked at some very impressive Graduate programs for Journalism this summer, and may decide to apply to them this Fall.

I’m one of the Captains of the Men’s Varsity Tennis team, which I’ve been a part of during my four years here. We’re several weeks into our fall season, and have approximately twenty matches, as well as a trip to Orlando, Florida, scheduled for this coming Spring. I look forward to leading the team in our longtime quest to reach the conference playoffs.

After living in the un-airconditioned, oldest, mostly freshman-filled dorm on campus, I’ve upgraded my living situation as well. I’m living in a spacious, airy apartment on campus with three of my closest friends here. I enjoy having company again after living in a single room for the past two years.

I’ll also continue being a statistician for the Goucher Basketball teams, take photographs for several offices on campus, and complete several other odd jobs that I get asked to do here and there.

And I’m taking three interesting classes.

Life is grand!