Boston Red Sox Photos: Boston Red Sox Win 2018 World Series.

We did it again!

The Boston Red Sox are once again World Champions. Two times in six years and four times since 2004 is seriously impressive, historic stuff. 

I’ve been going nonstop for the past two months on this ride. I’m exhausted physically, creatively, and emotionally, but things are now slowing down and I’m finally finding time to get to this blog post.

This is my second World Series win as a team photographer for the Boston Red Sox in my seven years here. It’s not supposed to happen like that. I know great photographers who have gone decades without a crack at the World Series. I don’t take the opportunity for granted and I know how lucky I am. The Red Sox are an organization that is deeply committed to winning, and all of us who work here are lucky to work for a team that is always playing meaningful baseball. 

In 2013, there was a higher purpose to the season. That World Series team helped heal a city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The season felt heavier emotionally. It seemed like we partied more, rejoiced in the highest highs more fully, and felt the lowest lows more deeply. 2018 was all business. This team was the best team in baseball from beginning to end, and there was no doubt about it. From a work standpoint, it was way busier. There’s just more work to be done now than six years ago. I’m not complaining though. It’s pretty cool to have been there to document the best team to ever exist in the 100 plus year history of the franchise.

On a personal level, I’ve grown since 2013. This year was my first as Manager of Photography for the team, so navigating the new role was both rewarding and challenging. I had big shoes to fill. Looking back at my work from 2013, I know I’ve gotten a lot better, and figured out how to play “the game” more effectively when it comes to sports photography and getting the access I need, both with the team and in my freelance work. I was pretty green in 13.

But success only goes as far as the team you have around you, and I have the best team in baseball to work with. My photo staff – Matt Thomas, Reggie Thomas, Sarah Stier, Kathryn Riley, and freelancers Brita Outzen and Cindy Loo – are all so talented and worked so hard this year. They should all be proud of the body of work they’ve produced. Our creative services team of designers, VR producers, and social media experts bring all these pictures to life and make our content pop. Most professional sports teams don’t have such a fluid creative group in working order, and we should all be proud of the work we do together as a team. My girlfriend Alaina puts up with my long hours, road trips away, and constant e-mails without complaint. She is the best and I’m lucky to have her here with me. My parents, family, and close friends always support me and also understand the grueling nature of this job. Where would I be without them?

Here’s a gallery of photos from the final game! A big thanks to everyone for following along all season. It was fun. Damage Done.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 World Series Game Three Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

I’m finally finding time to catch up on this blog. I’m way behind!

Here’s a gallery from game three of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. 18 innings and seven and a half hours later, this is easily the longest game I’ve ever shot. That was ridiculous. Tough we came out on the losing end, but it didn’t seem to matter too much looking back. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Five Vs. Houston Astros.

 

We’re back in the World Series! The Red Sox won again in Houston in game five, taking all three games in Houston to win the American League Championship Series 4 games to 1 and advance to a spot in the 2018 World Series. This is huge. 

I had a great time shooting the game and the celebration after. Clinch games like these are always long, grueling, and not as easy as it looks from the outside. It takes hours of preparation, logistical planning, working with others to make sure you’re in a position to get what you need. Once the win happens, it’s nonstop shooting for hours, and then straight to packing all the gear and clothes to get  on a plane and fly over night. I’m feeling exhausted, but looking back at these photos, I’m also feeling lucky to be in the position I am. 

Now we need four more wins to complete this dream season.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Four Vs. Houston Astros.

Wow is all I can say! What an incredible game. I’m not sure if it’s the baseball itself or just the grind of the post season, but each game seems to get more exhausting. I’m glad we came out on the right end of this one. There were some great moments which translated to great photos, all the way down to the final out. 

Game five tonight, on fumes!

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Three Vs. Houston Astros.

 

Game three was fun! Got to love a late innings grand slam by Jackie Bradley Jr. to seal the deal on a win to take the series lead. We roll into game four tonight at Minute Maid Park. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Two Vs. Houston Astros.

Game two of the ALCS was fun! A great win for the Red Sox to even up the series. We’re in Houston now for games three, four, and five!

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Division Series Game One vs. New York Yankees.

Here are photos from game one of the 2018 American League Division League series against the New York Yankees. It was a good one! Red Sox were able to hang on for a key game one win. The atmosphere at Fenway Park was great to witness. I’m excited for game two tonight!

Photos: Jackie Bradley Jr. Surprises Student With ALDS Tickets.

In partnership with Major League Baseball, the Red Sox and centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. surprised a 7th grade Boston Public Schools student at Boston Green Academy in Brighton with 4 tickets to the American League Division Series at Fenway Park. The surprise is part of a league-wide effort in each postseason market. Wally the Green Monster was on hand for the surprise, along with members of the Red Sox Foundation and Red Sox front office.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Saturday, September 29, 2018 vs. New York Yankees.

Here are a few frames yesterday shot with a rental 600 mm lens we have on hand for playoff baseball. It’s fun experiment with a lens with such big reach. 

Photos: Boston Red Sox Clinch American League East Division.

For the third straight year, the Boston Red Sox are champions of the American League East division. Mookie Betts led the charge last night in a back and forth game that finally ended in an 11-6 win against the Yankees. 

This was the end result of a long, hard week of work. A lot of preparation goes into every game to set ourselves up to be in a position to get the images we need. We arrive hours early to the ballpark to remote cameras, figure out access and security, and scope out spots to position ourselves. It was frustrating to go through that process twice only to lose the first two games, but that made last night all the sweeter. A big thank you to Yankees photographers Ari and Barrie for being so accommodating and helping us get the shots we need. It was also great working along our team Staff Photographer, Matt Thomas, as well as the rest of our Creative Services team who made the trip down. 

I’m back home now, but on the train ride home found myself thinking about how lucky I am to be a part of a special team and organization like this. Three division championships in three years doesn’t just happen in baseball, and I don’t take for granted the fact that I get to document a team of this caliber. Let’s hope for a deep run into October!