Photos: Boston Red Sox Opening Day 2016.

Happy Opening Day! 

Boston welcomed their beloved Red Sox to a warm return yesterday in a festive Opening Day at Fenway Park. Pre-game ceremonies included a special ceremonial first pitch by four Boston sports legends – Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins, Ty Law of the New England Patriots, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. In an emotional moment, Ortiz was surprised by his daughter, Alex, who sang the National Anthem before the game. Although the Sox were unable to pull out a win against the undefeated Baltimore Orioles, the day marked the start of the final campaign for Big Papi, and the beginning of what should be an exciting season.

It’s always a long day for us. We didn’t get much cooperation from the weather for our annual sunrise photo, but it was still a lot of fun to be back at it. There will be a ton of content to come from this season!

Boston Red Sox Photos: Opening Day 2013.

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“Fans atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park watch the first inning of the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“An American flag covers the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a pre-game ceremony at the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles line up during a pre-game ceremony at the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“A member of the grounds crew prepares the infield dirt before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"The Boston Red Sox host a pre-game ceremony during the 2013 home opener at Fenway Park Monday, April 9, 2013."

“Fungo baseball bats are lined up along the Baltimore Orioles dugout at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 9, 2013.”

"Batting helmets are lined up inside the Baltimore Orioles dugout at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 9, 2013."

“Batting helmets are lined up inside the Baltimore Orioles dugout at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 9, 2013.”

It’s hard to believe time has passed so quickly, but yesterday marked the start of my fourth season working as a photographer in Major League Baseball. 

I always love Opening Day, and yesterday at Fenway Park was no exception. We caught a break from the freezing cold that we’ve had up here in Boston, and had a beautiful, sunny, warm afternoon to work in. That, along with all the other familiar sights and sounds that make baseball so perfect, was rejuvenating to say the least. 

It made for a long day, beginning with a 5:00 A.M. arrival at the ballpark and ending with night class and a few hours of editing in the lab at Boston University, but a great day nonetheless. 

Here are some images I made from the pre-game ceremonies and the general scene around Fenway. I threw in a bit of orange and black as well.

It was fantastic to see all the Boston photographers back in the same place, and a pleasure to meet some new ones. Plus, the Red Sox took on my hometown heroes, the Baltimore Orioles.

My two favorite teams and a fresh start. A dream come true for this guy.

Here’s to another season!

Photos: Fenway Park Prepped for Opening Day 2013.

"An entranceway along Fenway Park's right field line is painted in preparation for the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener March 27, 2013."

“An entranceway along Fenway Park’s right field line is painted in preparation for the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Wednesday, March 27, 2013.”

"The Opening Day logo is prepared behind home plate at Fenway Park before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Saturday, April 6, 2013."

“The Opening Day logo is prepared behind home plate at Fenway Park before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Saturday, April 6, 2013.”

"The Gatde D entrance to Fenway Park is shown before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Wednesday, March 27, 2013."

“The Gatde D entrance to Fenway Park is shown before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Wednesday, March 27, 2013.”

"Lights are shown at Fenway Park before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener March 27, 2013."

“Lights are shown at Fenway Park before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Saturday, April 6, 2013.”

"Members of the Fenway Park grounds crew prepare the field before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Tuesday, March 26, 2013."

“Members of the Fenway Park grounds crew prepare the field before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Tuesday, March 26, 2013.”

"An entranceway along Fenway Park's right field line is painted in preparation for the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener March 27, 2013."

“Members of the Fenway Park grounds crew prepare the outfield grass before the 2013 Boston Red Sox home opener Tuesday, March 26, 2013.”

With the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener just a day away, I decided to put together a quick post of the prep work I’ve been shooting at Fenway Park over the past several weeks.

It’s been a long, cold winter in Boston, but the forecast calls for a warm, sunny day tomorrow.

I’ll be at the Park before the sun rises. Be sure to check back for Opening Day photos!