Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, May 1, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slides into home plate but is tagged out by catcher José Molina after a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slides into home plate but is tagged out by catcher José Molina after a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after being called out attempting to score on a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after being called out attempting to score on a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed.”

"Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield argues a call and is ejected from the game after Dustin Pedroia was called out while attempting to score on a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed."

“Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield argues a call and is ejected from the game after Dustin Pedroia was called out while attempting to score on a double by designated hitter David Ortiz during the seventh inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The controversial call stood after being reviewed.”

"Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria catches a fly ball during the eighth inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria catches a fly ball during the eighth inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts leaps as he turns a double play over third baseman Evan Longoria during the sixth inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts leaps as he turns a double play over third baseman Evan Longoria during the sixth inning of the first game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A vendor sells cotton candy during the first game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A vendor sells cotton candy during the first game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Lights are shown during the first game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Lights are shown during the first game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Budweiser Roof Deck is shown before the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Budweiser Roof Deck is shown before the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A disability assistance dog eyes a baseball during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A disability assistance dog eyes a baseball during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Michael Mullins sings the National Anthem during a disability awareness pre-game ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Michael Mullins sings the National Anthem during a disability awareness pre-game ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront delivers during the first inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront delivers during the first inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play during the fourth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play during the fourth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and shortstop Xander Bogaerts collide while attempting to catch a foul ball during the sixth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and shortstop Xander Bogaerts collide while attempting to catch a foul ball during the sixth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts leaps as he throws to second base during the fourth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts leaps as he throws to second base during the fourth inning of the second game of a day-night double header against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A young fan catches a foul ball during the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young fan catches a foul ball during the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The moon is shown behind the Fenway Park press box during the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The moon is shown behind the Fenway Park press box during the second game of a day-night double header between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 2, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Here are the photo highlights from what proved to be a very long double header for the Boston Red Sox yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although both games one and two were close, in the end neither of them went the Red Sox way. 

Onto the Oakland Athletics this weekend!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Thursday, May 31, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blocks the plate during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a home run during the second inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans sit atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012.”

“Fans sing Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the eight inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park Thursday, May 31, 2012.”

I had a good night shooting on Thursday, which I was happy about after what I thought was a bit of a sub-par game for me the night before. I was a bit frustrated at the time, but looking back at those shots now, they really aren’t so bad after all. Maybe that was just me being burnt out near the end of a long homestand, or maybe it was the horrible spring-time allergies that I’ve been having that made me feel so “blah” about those pictures.

Sometimes while you’re in the moment, it’s easy to get frustrated with yourself and/or your work. For photographers – or perhaps within any profession – I think it’s healthy to step away from your work for a bit from time to time and let it breathe. That’s certainly helped me the past couple of days. 

I took the weekend off so this post is a few days late now, but I think I finished off the homestand and the month of May strongly with these images above. I shot a good mix of action and features, and had a great time doing it. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’m continuing my quest for game action juxtaposed against fan reaction. It’s starting to feel a bit more normal working alongside fans and shooting from the seats, which admittedly has been a challenge for me so far this season.