Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, July 10, 2014 vs. Chicago White Sox.

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz digs in during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz digs in during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz flexes his muscles at second base after hitting an RBI double during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz flexes his muscles at second base after hitting an RBI double during the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after giving up a game tying home run during the ninth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after giving up a game tying home run during the ninth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts hits a sacrifice bunt during the tenth of a game against the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts hits a sacrifice bunt during the tenth of a game against the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Mike Carp hits a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Mike Carp hits a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Daniel Nava slides into home plate as he scores the game winning run during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Daniel Nava slides into home plate as he scores the game winning run during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Mike Carp throws his helmet after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Mike Carp throws his helmet after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates mob pinch hitter Mike Carp after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox teammates mob pinch hitter Mike Carp after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hugs pinch hitter Mike Carp after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hugs pinch hitter Mike Carp after hitting a game winning walk-off double during the tenth inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s nice to be back at it at Fenway Park after a few weeks of shooting out of the country, and it was even nicer to be welcomed back with an exciting walk-off win to shoot. After giving up a two run lead in the ninth inning, the Sox bounced right back and got it done in the tenth, giving them their second straight walk-off, third this home stand, and eighth this season.

Let’s hope we can keep it going!

 

Photos: 2013 World Series – Game 3.

"Boston Red Sox pitchers stretch before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox pitchers stretch before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa walks toward left field before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa walks toward left field before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"A young Boston Red Sox fan poses for a photograph before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“A young Boston Red Sox fan poses for a photograph before game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"The sun sets over Busch Stadium before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“The sun sets over Busch Stadium before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Starting lineups are introduced during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Starting lineups are introduced during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Starting lineups are introduced during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Starting lineups are introduced during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Fans wave towels during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Fans wave towels during a pre-game ceremony before game three of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury bobbles a fly ball during the third inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury bobbles a fly ball during the third inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts hits a triple during the fifth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts hits a triple during the fifth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino points as he scores during the eighth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino points as he scores during the eighth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava slides into second base as shortstop Pete Kozma turns a double play during the sixth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava slides into second base as shortstop Pete Kozma turns a double play during the sixth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly exits the game during the sixth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly exits the game during the sixth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow exits the game during the seventh inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow exits the game during the seventh inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tags out catcher Yadier Molina during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tags out catcher Yadier Molina during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is called for an interference error as St. Louis Cardinals infielder Allen Craig runs toward home to score the game winning run during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series  Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is called for an interference error as St. Louis Cardinals infielder Allen Craig runs toward home to score the game winning run during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia argues with home plate umpire Dana DeMuth after third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for an interference error by third base umpire Jim Joyce allowing St. Louis Cardinals infielder Allen Craig to score the game winning run during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia argues with home plate umpire Dana DeMuth after third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for an interference error by third base umpire Jim Joyce allowing St. Louis Cardinals infielder Allen Craig to score the game winning run during the ninth inning of game three of the 2013 World Series Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

"Umpires walk off the field after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2013 World Series on a fielder's interference call in the ninth inning by third base umpire Jim Joyce Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri."

“Umpires walk off the field after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2013 World Series on a fielder’s interference call in the ninth inning by third base umpire Jim Joyce Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.”

It was an absolutely crazy ending to a back and forth game three of the World Series out here in St. Louis. I don’t know what to make of how the game ended, and don’t have much time to post about it right now. 

Here are the photos I shot from my elevated position along the first base line at Busch Stadium. We’ll see how it goes tonight. Hoping for a Red Sox win to even the series!

Boston Red Sox Photos: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 vs. Seattle Mariners.

"Boston Red Sox teammates celebrate as shortstop Stephen Drew runs to first base after hitting the game winning RBI single with the bases loaded during the bottom of the fifteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox teammates celebrate as shortstop Stephen Drew runs to first base after hitting the game winning RBI single with the bases loaded during the bottom of the fifteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates mob shortstop Stephen Drew after Drew hits a game winning RBI single with the bases loaded during the bottom of the fifteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox teammates mob shortstop Stephen Drew after Drew hits a game winning RBI single with the bases loaded during the bottom of the fifteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans help drop the American flag over the Green Monster during a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans help drop the American flag over the Green Monster during a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The color guard awaits a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The color guard awaits a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The color guard awaits a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The color guard awaits a Military appreciation ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt throws toward first base during the seventh inning of a game against the the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt throws toward first base during the seventh inning of a game against the the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempts to tag out catcher Humberto Quintero at home plate during the sixth inning of a game against the the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempts to tag out catcher Humberto Quintero at home plate during the sixth inning of a game against the the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia rounds first base after a two-run home run during to give the Red sox a 4-3 lead during the seventh inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia rounds first base after a two-run home run during to give the Red sox a 4-3 lead during the seventh inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava breaks his bat during the tenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava breaks his bat during the tenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Brandon Snyder slides into second base and evades a tag by second baseman Nick Franklin during the fourteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Brandon Snyder slides into second base and evades a tag by second baseman Nick Franklin during the fourteenth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia applies a tag on Brendan Ryan at second base during the twelfth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia applies a tag on Brendan Ryan at second base during the twelfth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Five Hours. Three Minutes. Fifteen Innings.

That’s what it took to finish last night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. I think this was, by time, the longest game I’ve ever shot, even though I covered an 18 inning game here last season.

The Sox have been clutch in the late-game situations this year, so knowing that we’ve had plenty of walk-off winning photos from down low, I decided to mix things up and go up high for a different vantage point. Early in the ninth inning, I went to the upper deck in left field, hoping for a walk-off win. Seven innings later, I got what I was hoping for. 

Although this game went well past midnight, and I had to change my captions from July to August, it was worth the wait. The win looked really nice from my spot, and to me, there’s no better feeling than getting a good picture. Here are those photos, as well as a selection of others from throughout the night (in no particular order – I’m too sleepy still to think about it).

Boston Red Sox Photos: Monday, July 29, 2013 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew applies a tag at second base on left fielder Sean Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew applies a tag at second base on left fielder Sean Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play over second baseman Ben Zobrist during the third inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play over second baseman Ben Zobrist during the third inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Clouds form over Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013."

“Clouds form over Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013.”

"Clouds form over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013."

“Clouds form over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013.”

"Fans take photographs during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans take photographs during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is tagged out at home plate by catcher Jose Molina after attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is tagged out at home plate by catcher Jose Molina after attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava (right) and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (center) react after Nava is tagged out at home plate by catcher Jose Molina after attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava (right) and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (center) react after Nava is tagged out at home plate by catcher Jose Molina after attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and outfielder Daniel Nava argue with home plate umpire Jerry Meals after Nava was called out while attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Farrell was ejected for arguing the call."

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and outfielder Daniel Nava argue with home plate umpire Jerry Meals after Nava was called out while attempting to score on a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Farrell was ejected for arguing the call.”

"Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney reacts after recording a save during the ninth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney reacts after recording a save during the ninth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, July 29, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s seems like the Tampa Bay Rays have replaced the Yankees as the Red Sox’ biggest rivals. Last night was a sure sign that things between the two teams atop the AL East are starting to heat up. 

After an incredibly beautiful few innings of sunsets and cloud formations followed by a torrential downpour and subsequent rain delay, the Sox put a rally together to try and tie the game up at 2-2. It seems as though that would have happened in the eighth inning but for a self-admitted blown call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals on a play at the plate. 

From my post at third base, it looked like Daniel Nava, who tried to score on a sacrifice fly, was safe. Who knows. Regardless, it was an eventful night for photos despite a low score. 

Let’s hope the Sox stay competitive down the stretch. I’m looking forward to shooting this playoff race. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Sunday, June 9, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew turns a double play during the   eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew turns a double play over second baseman Howie Kendrick during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia catches during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia catches during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielders Mike Carp (left), Jacoby Ellsbury (center), and Daniel Nava (right) meet during a pitching change in the  eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielders Mike Carp (left), Jacoby Ellsbury (center), and Daniel Nava (right) meet during a pitching change in the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino congratulates a Red Sox graduating Scholar during a pre-game ceremony Sunday, June 10, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino congratulates a Red Sox graduating Scholar during a pre-game ceremony Sunday, June 10, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The graduating class of Boston Red Sox scholars line up alongside Red Sox players during a pre-game ceremony Sunday, June 10, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The graduating class of Boston Red Sox scholars line up alongside Red Sox players during a pre-game ceremony Sunday, June 10, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

For me, Sunday was more about what happened before the game than the game itself, which I was okay with after shooting two really long games the day before.

The graduating class of Red Sox Scholars were on hand to be recognized during a ceremony before the game, which proves to be a busy day for everyone involved every year. Our photo crew was in early in the morning to shoot head shots of all the graduates and inductees across the street at Fenway High School. After shooting those, we broke down our lights and were quickly back over to the stadium to shoot group photos in front of the scoreboard followed by the pre-game ceremony itself. 

A busy end to a long weekend. Here are the highlights from the day. 

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: Red Sox’ Nava and Miller Visit Boston School.

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Daniel Nava appeared at the Mather School in Dorchester, MA to visit classrooms, answer questions, and pose for photographs. The Mather School , founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller (left) and outfielder Daniel Nava (right) answer questions during a visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School, founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller (left) and outfielder Daniel Nava (right) answer questions during a visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School , founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller and mascot Wally the Green Monster answer questions during a visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School, founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States.”

MATHERS SCHOOL VISIT

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller (left), Daniel Nava (center), and mascot Wally the Green Monster answer questions during a visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School, founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller (left) and outfielder Daniel Nava (right) answer questions during a visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School , founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States."

“A third grader’s notebook displays questions prepared for an appearance by Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Daniel Nava at the Mather School in Dorchester, Massachusetts Friday, January 25, 2013. The Mather School, founded in 1639, is the oldest public elementary school in the United States.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava gives fielding advice to Treasure Blackwell, 6, at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, MA. Nava, along with Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey and Wally the Green Monster, visited the center to run baseball clinics, answer questions, and pose for photographs."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava gives fielding advice to Treasure Blackwell, 6, at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, MA Friday, January 25, 2013. Nava, along with Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey and mascot Wally the Green Monster, visited the center to run baseball clinics, answer questions, and pose for photographs.”

Friday made for a busy but thoroughly enjoyable day traveling around Boston with Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Daniel Nava. 

The first four of these photos are from our visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, where Miller and Nava met with several third grade classes. The final one is from the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, where the two players put on a pitching and hitting clinic for the kids there. 

A fun way to finish up the end of last week!

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…