Boston Red Sox Photography: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine greets fans at Gate C outside of Fenway Park to thank them for their support during the 2012 season Wednesday, September 26, 2012.”

“Kids tease a grounds crew member in Canvas Alley at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 26, 2012.”

“From left to right, Boston Red Sox outfielders Scott Podsednik, Cody Ross, and Daniel Nava have a laugh in centerfield during a pitching change in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 26, 2012.”

It’s hard to believe, but last night was the last home game for the Boston Red Sox this year, bringing an end to the commemorative 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park.

It hasn’t quite sunk in for me yet that the season is over. You get in such a routine with this job, and spend so much time at the stadium, that it takes a few days off to realize that it’s actually over.

The game was lackluster, and ended in a Red Sox loss. So, here is an assortment of images from the last game.

I’m not going to share all my thoughts about my work this season here just yet. I’ll save that for later. I’m hOOOOOOping that there’s more baseball still to come…

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, September 23, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik slides back to first base during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross runs after hitting a double during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Not too much happening in the way of action during this game. I tried to mix things up and get some different angles, so I shot from the stands a good amount.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, August 5, 2012 vs. Minnesota Twins.

“Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine sits in the batting tunnel before a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox Center Fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Shortstop Mike Aviles sit in the batting tunnel before a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“A vendor sells popcorn during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“The Boston Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox Outfielder Cody Ross pats Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the back during a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox hats are shown in the dugout of Fenway Park Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

Sunday games are always busy, and this Sunday was no exception! Over the course of the game, I found myself in just about every part of the stadium at one point – from Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street outside to the concourses below the stadium to the highest points of the upper deck to the first base photo pit on field level. 

It made for a long day of climbing and running around in the heat, but I got what I hope is a nice variety of images. 

I’m particularly liking the first two photos of this post. We don’t shoot in the clubhouse much, so it was good to get some “behind the scenes” type of features of players and coaches hanging out before the game.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: It’s good to keep yourself active and not stay in one spot for too long. Although it can be more tiring, it keeps your eye sharp and keeps you from becoming complacent.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 vs. Chicago White Sox.

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross hits a double during the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Fenway Park. Ross also hit two three-run home runs earlier in the game.”

“Young Boston Red Sox fans hold up a sign during the seventh inning stretch of a game at Fenway Park Wednesday, July 18, 2012.”

Here’s a few from Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, anything I had originally hoped to write about this game is now overshadowed by the fact that I wasn’t working the game after this, when Cody Ross hit a walk-off home run and was showered with an icy bucket of blue gatorade as the team crowded him at home plate. 

I couldn’t even bear to watch it on TV because I was so upset I wasn’t there. Talk about missing a great photo. 

Oh, well. We all need a night off, right?

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Right now, it’d be wise to only take photos of Cody Ross, because he essentially hits a home run every time he steps to the plate. 

Photo: David Ortiz, Cody Ross Answer Questions During Kids Press Conference.

“Outfielder Cody Ross and designated hitter David Ortiz answer questions during a kids press conference in celebration of Boston Red Sox ‘Calling All Kids’ Month.”

In honor of Boston Red Sox “Calling All Kids” Month, Cody Ross and David Ortiz fielded the tough, hard-hitting, pressing questions from the three to ten year old media last Sunday morning during a kids only press conference. 

These kids were fearless, and I was impressed. “Who was your favorite player growing up?” “Did you like going to school?” “Do you know that you’re going to hit a home run before the game even starts?”

I hope at least one of them in that room grows up to be the next superstar baseball journalist!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, May 6, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Bases are shown before the start of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, May 6, 2012.”

“A Boston Red Sox fan smiles before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia signs autographs before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after hitting his first Major League home run, a grand slam, during the fifth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Fenway Park is shown during the thirteenth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9-6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Marlon Byrd is tagged out while sliding into home plate during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDconald was called in to pitch during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

I apologize for posting so many photos, but that’s what happens when a baseball game goes 17 innings. When I stumbled into Fenway at 11:00 on Sunday morning for a 1:30 p.m. game, I never thought nor hoped I’d be there until 10:00 that night.

You know it’s a bizarre game when Will Middlebrooks casually hits a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5 for his first Major League home run, fans get up for a seventh inning stretch and a fourteenth inning stretch, outfielder Darnell McDonald pitches for the Red Sox, infielder Chris Davis pitches for the Orioles (and records the win), Adam Jones hits a three run home run in the seventeenth inning, and the Orioles sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park to take the best record in Major League Baseball. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

As for my shooting, I don’t really know what to say. I was all over the stadium for the first seven innings, which I could barely even remember after the last ten. 

During the eighth, I moved down to the photo pit, where I shot from for the first time this season. This game’s “Thing I Learned:” If there was any saving grace to shooting 17 innings of ball, it was that it gave me lots of time to get a feel for working in the pit at Fenway. It’s certainly different from Camden Yards, and it took me an inning or two to get adjusted to the angles and sight lines from my spot beside third base. I’m really looking forward to shooting from down there lots more throughout the season. 

Click the photos to enlarge, of course!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Friday, May 4, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“A Boston Red Sox fan smiles during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Friday, May 4, 2012.”

“Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hits the game-winning single in the thirteenth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, May 4, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Roses loses his bat during the fifth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, May 4, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

My hometown Baltimore Orioles were in Boston this weekend for a three game series against the Sox, and boy was it interesting. Who would have predicted an O’s sweep to give them the best record in Major League Baseball?

Two of three games went to extra innings, and I shot them both. I thought this 13 inning game was long, but I was proven wrong two days later (more to come soon). 

The Red Sox had their chances to close this one out, but couldn’t get it done. Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis did the job instead, producing what proved to be the game winning hit (above) (more to come on him as well). 

As for the other photos, I’ve recently been on a kick of photographing kids at the game. Some of them have just been too darn cute. Otherwise, I made my second image of the year of Cody Ross losing his bat into the stands. The first is here

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” It’s dangerous to to anticipate a walk-off win for the home team. So far this year, every time I’ve “felt it coming,” it’s never happened. I’ll get one one of these days.  

Boston Red Sox Photography: Saturday, April 21, 2012 vs. New York Yankees.

“The sun begins to set over Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Fans cheer as Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross hits a double in the fifth inning of a game against the New York Yankees Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

A return to normalcy.

After a hectic week of planning for the 100th Anniversary game, it was really nice to come in on Saturday to a slow, easy day and a regular Saturday night game. 

Even though the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead and sent Red Sox Nation into an early season panic, I really enjoyed shooting this game. I perched in the Monster Seats for a few innings, and had some great conversation with some very interesting people as I shot. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Make friends with the right fans. It’ll help you out sometimes. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Monday, April 16, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Fenway Park is shown during the third inning of an 11:05 AM day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“The press box at Fenway Park is shown before the start of an 11:05 AM game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia flips to shortsop Mike Aviles in the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Cody Ross loses his bat after fouling off a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here’s something that rarely happens: A professional baseball game that begins at 11:05 in the morning. Such was the case yesterday in order to accommodate huge crowds in town for the annual Boston Marathon. 

It was highly entertaining. I wasn’t aware that so many people could drink so much alcohol before noon. The whole stadium was particularly rowdy.

The game itself was very slow, and there really wasn’t much action to shoot. Sometimes baseball is like that. I did like these two action frames above, though, as well as the two stadium shots.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: The NESN television camera deck hanging behind home plate is a great spot to shoot from. It provides both great views of the entire ballpark (see picture #1 above) and clean sight lines to shoot infield action. I also fooled around with a LensBaby for this first time (picture #2), which I’ll definitely continue to use as the season goes on. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Saturday, April 14, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellesbury, and Adrian Gonzales are presented with the 2011 Gold Glove trophies before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans sing along to ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Cody Ross hits a home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

This was a very entertaining, high energy game overall. A 4:05 start made for some incredible light as the evening progressed, and I was really happy with the body of pictures I took away from this game. And, the Sox brought out the bats and put together a huge win.

My game-time responsibility for the Red Sox is a bit different from that of the Orioles. I’m still there to document game action, but rather than sitting in the photo pits all game, I’m roaming around the stadium, shooting action from different angles and finding nice Fenway Park feature photos. It’s taken a bit of getting used to, and it’s certainly more challenging. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Pulling back and shooting wide for big, celebratory moments is really effective. The player’s reactions juxtaposed against the crowd’s reaction can make for some really exciting images. I think the one of David Ortiz pointing towards the sky, shown above, achieves that effect somewhat successfully.