Boston Red Sox Photos: 2017 Opening Day.

We’re back at it again! The 2017 season is underway, as the Boston Red Sox held Opening Day at Fenway Park this afternoon. The team honored the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots with a special pre-game ceremony. There’s never a dull moment when you have personalities like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the same place. The Patriots players had fun with the ceremony, which made for some lighter photos. 

On the field, the Red Sox looked good. Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a 3-run home run to give the team an Opening Day win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This is my sixth Opening Day shooting for the Red Sox, and eighth overall. Is that right?! It’s hard to believe. It’s always a long day, but a lot of fun. 

I have lots more coming from this season!

Photos: 2015 Boston Red Sox Opening Day.

 

Baseball is back in Boston! Yesterday was a long, busy day for the Red Sox photography department, but also a day filled with amazing photo opportunities.

The Red Sox paid tribute to the New England Patriots, who won their fourth Super Bowl this year. Quarterback Tom Brady, Head Coach Bill Belichick, Team President Jonathan Kraft, and Team Owner Robert Kraft were introduced on field. The Red Sox also inducted ALS Survivor Pete Frates as an official member of the team, and recognized local kids as part of the new Calling All Kids initiative.

During the game, it was the Mookie Betts show, as he hits a three-run home run, robbed a home run in center field, and displayed some heads up base running. An exciting pre-game ceremony and a 9-4 Red Sox win made for a great start to the season!

I’ll be sure to post often as the season goes on – my fourth for the Red Sox, sixth for MLB, and first as a full-time Staff Photographer.

Photos: Boston Red Sox World Series Ring Ceremony.

"The sun rises over Fenway Park on the morning of the 2014 Boston Red Sox home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The sun rises over Fenway Park on the morning of the 2014 Boston Red Sox home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A Josten's representative prepares a 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series ring before the ring ceremony on Opening Day Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A Josten’s representative prepares a 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series ring before the ring ceremony on Opening Day Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The World Series Most Valuable Player ring, awarded to Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, is prepared before the ring ceremony on Opening Day Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The World Series Most Valuable Player ring, awarded to Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, is prepared before the ring ceremony on Opening Day Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo gets an autograph from former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during a meet and greet before the Boston Red Sox 2014 home opening day and World Series ring ceremony Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo gets an autograph from former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during a meet and greet before the Boston Red Sox 2014 home opening day and World Series ring ceremony Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The 2013 World Series championship banner is dropped over the Green Monster during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The 2013 World Series championship banner is dropped over the Green Monster during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and other victims, families, and heroes involved with the Boston Marathon bombings are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and other victims, families, and heroes involved with the Boston Marathon bombings are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli receive their rings during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli receive their rings during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia receives his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia receives his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts displays his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts displays his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross puts on his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross puts on his ring during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz high fives teammates during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz high fives teammates during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wears his 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series rings and 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player ring on a necklace during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wears his 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series rings and 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player ring on a necklace during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Members of the Hanscom Air Force Base assist in a flag drop of the American flag during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Hanscom Air Force Base assist in a flag drop of the American flag during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Former Boston Celtics player Leon Powe and former Boston Red Sox players Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, and Pedro Martinez hold championship trophies before they are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Former Boston Celtics player Leon Powe and former Boston Red Sox players Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, and Pedro Martinez hold championship trophies before they are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"(From left to right) Former Boston Red Sox players Pedro Martinez, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek, former Mayor of Boston Tom Menino, former Boston Celtics player Leon Powe, former Boston Bruins player Mark Recchi, and former New England Patriots players Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, and Ty Law display championship trophies as they are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“(From left to right) Former Boston Red Sox players Pedro Martinez, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek, former Mayor of Boston Tom Menino, former Boston Celtics player Leon Powe, former Boston Bruins player Mark Recchi, and former New England Patriots players Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, and Ty Law display championship trophies as they are introduced during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino jokes with current Mayor Marty Walsh before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino jokes with current Mayor Marty Walsh before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during the Boston Red Sox World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A grounds crew member changes bases during the Boston Red Sox 2014 home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A grounds crew member changes bases during the Boston Red Sox 2014 home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks signs autographs during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks signs autographs during the World Series ring ceremony at the 2014 season home opener Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore slides as he steals third base during the second inning of the 2014 home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore slides as he steals third base during the second inning of the 2014 home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks hits a solo home run during the third inning of the 2014 home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks hits a solo home run during the third inning of the 2014 home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s great to be back in baseball season, and we had a memorable Opening Day to begin the 2014 baseball season here at Fenway Park. In following our tradition, we were here early to shoot the sunrise over the park. This year, we shot video as well, and produced the quick video piece posted above for the Red Sox Instagram account. 

Minutes after the sun came up, an armored truck carrying a special delivery showed up to the ballpark. 

The truck was, of course, hauling the hardware. The 2013 World Series rings had arrived for a special pre-game ring ceremony honoring the 2013 world champion Boston Red Sox. These are some of the highlights from a fantastic ceremony.

Happy baseball season!

Boston Red Sox Photos: Opening Day Sunrise 2013.

"The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013."

“The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013.”

"The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013."

“The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013.”

"The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013."

“The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013.”

"The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013."

“The sun rises over Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox 2013 home opener Monday, April 8, 2013.”

Happy Opening Day!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Opening Day 2012.

“Fighter jets fly over Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremonies on Opening Day in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, April 13, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and former pitcher Tim Wakefield salute the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on Opening Day Friday, April 13, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and former pitcher Tim Wakefield salute the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on Opening Day Friday, April 13, 2012.”

Opening Day at Fenway Park: A moment I’ve long been waiting for, and it fulfilled my every expectation. The energy throughout the stadium was booming, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to begin the season in Boston.

What’s more, the Red Sox opened up this homestand with a solid win

As I did after each game I shot last season, I’ll continue to post one “Thing I Learned” from each game I document this year. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Navigating through Fenway Park when it’s full of people is incredibly inconvenient. I found myself a bit frustrated after two innings of fighting my way through throngs of drunken fans. Such is the nature of the ballpark, though, and I’ve quickly learned to embrace it!

More to come soon!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Opening Day Sunrise.

“The sun rises over Fenway Park on the morning of the Boston Red Sox 2012 home opener.”

Happy Opening Day!