Photos: Boston Red Sox Clinch American League East Division.

For the third straight year, the Boston Red Sox are champions of the American League East division. Mookie Betts led the charge last night in a back and forth game that finally ended in an 11-6 win against the Yankees. 

This was the end result of a long, hard week of work. A lot of preparation goes into every game to set ourselves up to be in a position to get the images we need. We arrive hours early to the ballpark to remote cameras, figure out access and security, and scope out spots to position ourselves. It was frustrating to go through that process twice only to lose the first two games, but that made last night all the sweeter. A big thank you to Yankees photographers Ari and Barrie for being so accommodating and helping us get the shots we need. It was also great working along our team Staff Photographer, Matt Thomas, as well as the rest of our Creative Services team who made the trip down. 

I’m back home now, but on the train ride home found myself thinking about how lucky I am to be a part of a special team and organization like this. Three division championships in three years doesn’t just happen in baseball, and I don’t take for granted the fact that I get to document a team of this caliber. Let’s hope for a deep run into October!

Photos: Boston Red Sox Advance to 2013 World Series.

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrate after right fielder Shane Victorino hit a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrate after right fielder Shane Victorino hit a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with pitcher Koji Uehara during the ninth inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with pitcher Koji Uehara during the ninth inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and teammates celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and teammates celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates with teammates after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates with teammates after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jumps on right fielder Jonny Gomes after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jumps on right fielder Jonny Gomes after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry is presented with the League Championship trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry is presented with the League Championship trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara holds the ALCS MVP trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara holds the ALCS MVP trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Jonny Gomes give an ice bath to pitcher Jake Peavy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Jonny Gomes give an ice bath to pitcher Jake Peavy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy reacts after receiving an ice bath during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy reacts after receiving an ice bath during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp sprays Champagne during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp sprays Champagne during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pours beer on manager John Farrell during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pours beer on manager John Farrell during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes wears an 'Ironsides' Red Sox bathrobe as he celebrates during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes wears an ‘Ironsides’ Red Sox bathrobe as he celebrates during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s hard to believe, but the Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. As I’m sure you can imagine, things are absolutely crazy around here in preparations for game one tomorrow night, so I don’t have a lot of time to collect my thoughts and write them here.

I will say, though, that getting to this point has been a dream of mine since I started shooting baseball four seasons ago. I never thought it would come so soon, so I don’t take this opportunity for granted at all. Many journalists go their entire careers working to cover something like the World Series, so regardless of whether the Sox win or lose, I’m thrilled to be here.

When it’s all over, I’ll find time to post more, but for now, here are the photos from the clinching Game Six of the American League Championship Series. I decided to pick up in the seventh inning, when Shane Victorino hit an incredibly timely and dramatic go-ahead grand slam home run to essentially punch Boston a ticket to the World Series. The rest go in chronological order throughout the end of the game and into the post-game celebrations.

Here’s hoping for a World Series Championship in Boston! More to come this week.

USTA holds 2011 US Open benefit auction.

"Singer Tony Bennett signs a 200 pound bottle of champagne in the President's Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

"Actor Alec Baldwin leads a charity auction on opening night of the US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

"Former professional tennis player Jim Courier attends the USTA Serves Night at the 2011 US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

I’m not exactly sure what I was doing at this event, but for some reason, I was there. One minute I was across the grounds sitting in front of a laptop editing photos. The next minute I’m told that we needed coverage of the USTA Serves charity auction event in the President’s Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and that I was the one who’d need to cover it. 

Once I was allowed in, I found myself surrounded with the likes of Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robin Roberts (the host of Good Morning America), and other actors, stars, and tennis royalty. It’s a good thing I was dressed for the occasion. I fit right in with my Nike sneakers, khaki shorts, and polo…

Anyway, I enjoyed it and learned a lot that night. You can click here to see my full gallery from the event. 

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