I’m catching up on work from the weekend series against the Yankees.
We’re back at it at Fenway Park! Last night marked the first game of an upcoming 10 game home stand here in Boston. Despite a close loss in a pitcher’s duel to the Baltimore Orioles, there was still much buzz at the Park. It was Jason Varitek bobble head night, and the Captain himself was in attendance during the game. It was also David Ortiz’ 1000th game played in his career at Fenway Park.
In honor of Flag Day, the American flag was dropped over the Green Monster. Additionally, in recognition of the recent shootings in Orlando, the Red Sox honored the victims with a moment of silence, and donated proceeds of the daily 50-50 raffle to the Florida Disaster Fund.
Here are some scenes from a beautiful night at Fenway Park.
The 2016 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees – Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, the late Ira Flagstead, and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino – were honored during a special pre-game ceremony before last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
David Ortiz’s 2013 game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park was also selected as the “Great Red Sox Moment,” a memorable moment in Red Sox history that is regarded for its special significance.
The Sox followed with a close loss to the Cleveland Indians in the first of a three-game series, but there was still much to celebrate at the ball park.
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!
Late after last night’s game, Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Cy-Young winning starting pitcher, Jake Peavy. I’m sad to see Iglesias go. He’s the type of baseball player I love watching most – slick in the infield, scrappy on the bases, and dependable at the plate.
Here are a few photos of him during his last game in a Red Sox uniform, as well as a few others from the night. It was a good win for the Sox in the first of a three game series against the Seattle Mariners.
Last Friday, Fenway Park celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary with an elaborate pre-game ceremony followed by a game against the New York Yankees. The game itself was quite anticlimactic, ending in a pretty bad loss for the Red Sox, but that was definitely overshadowed by the magnitude of the milestone this ballpark had reached.
I was honored to be a small part of the day, and I was thrilled to witness this important moment in baseball history. Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Terry Francona were just a few of the over 200 Boston Red Sox alumni from all generations that were on hand to celebrate at Fenway. What a sight.
I shot the pre-game ceremony from the first base photo pit, and had a blast. It’s easily one of my best memories from my time working in baseball.
And as chaotic and busy as the day was leading up to the ceremony, I learned a lot about the logistics of shooting big-time events like these. There’s lots of planning that goes into organizing a huge corral of pro photographers on hand, and being part of that planning process was a valuable experience for me.
There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’ll let the images do the talking. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like! And, check the Boston Red Sox Facebook Page to view their Timeline cover photo shot by yours truly.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this milestone, the ceremony, the recent Red Sox performance, these photos, or anything else!
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!