Here’s a quick post from a few of the events happening around the Park this morning. The first photo is from a private pitching lesson with Boston Red Sox manager, John Farrell. The last three are from a sponsorship event with appearances by first baseman Mike Napoli and left fielder Jonny Gomes.
Last night was a tough one for the Red Sox, as they faced the Detroit Tigers in the first series at Fenway Park since the American League Championship Series last post season.
Here are a few selects from the game. Hopefully a better show tonight!
Yesterday was a great end to the first homestand of the Boston Red Sox season. A 4:00 PM start time against the Texas Rangers had me excited to hunt for golden light and deep shadows, and that’s what I found.
Beautiful light combined with vintage late inning dramatics from David Ortiz made for a good day of shooting all around.
I feel like a broken record writing that this was the most amazing game I’ve ever been on hand to shoot. I know I’ve said that at least several times this season. The Red Sox have had so many incredible games in 2013, but somehow they seem to outdo themselves with every one of these improbable wins.
This one was more special, more dramatic, and more meaningful than any of the other eleven Red Sox walk-off wins this season. After being held to just one hit by Detroit Tigers pitching in game one of the ALCS, the Red Sox frustrations continued, as 22-game winner Max Scherzer was absolutely dominant. Yet after managing to put up a run in the sixth inning and ensuring Scherzer’s eventual exit in the eighth, the boys pulled off one of the most incredible wins in playoff history.
After a double by Will Middlebrooks, a walk by Jacoby Ellsbury, a base hit by Dustin Pedroia, and a series of bullpen pitching changes by Detroit, David Ortiz stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. In classic Big Papi fashion, Ortiz knocked the first pitch he saw just out of the reach of Torii Hunter in right field for a grand slam to tie the game.
The Fenway crowd went nuts, and after Ortiz crossed home plate and made it back into the dugout, I found myself turned around giving high fives to the fans sitting behind me in the first row. I’m usually able to separate my emotions while shooting, but in this case, it was impossible.
Even though the game was still tied at that point, I knew that we would win it. Sure enough, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked a single into left field to score Jonny Gomes and even the series at 1-1.
These photos above are the highlights of my take from beginning to end. What a night. It still feels like a dream.
We’re underway at Fenway Park for the 2013 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.
Everyone always talks about the capabilities of the Detroit pitching staff, and last night was proof of why they do so. This high powered Red Sox offense was held to just one hit through nine innings, as the Tigers were won 1-0 in game one. It’s hard to win a game on one hit, and from a photo standpoint, it’s hard to make really good pictures when not much is happening. In the way of action, things were very slow last night.
Still, we’re looking to tell the story of the game and to capture the atmosphere and feel inside the stadium, so that’s what I’ve tried to post here.
Here’s hoping things go better tonight for game two! And for less TV air time for this photographer than last night.
There’s nothing more exciting than playoff baseball, and I’m really pumped that we have it here in Boston this year.
Yesterday was Game One of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and from a Sox photographer’s point of view, things couldn’t have gone better. Although there wasn’t anything to out of the ordinary in the way of pictures, the team came out and dominated with a 10-2 win to begin the series.
I shot the game from one of two temporary, auxiliary photo pits built for the postseason on the inside ends of each dugout. It’s a nice luxury having those extra pits, which give us a different angle than we normally have during the regular season.
This is a selection of photos from both the pre-game Boston Marathon tribute ceremony as well as the game itself.
Game Two is tonight!
It’s seems like the Tampa Bay Rays have replaced the Yankees as the Red Sox’ biggest rivals. Last night was a sure sign that things between the two teams atop the AL East are starting to heat up.
After an incredibly beautiful few innings of sunsets and cloud formations followed by a torrential downpour and subsequent rain delay, the Sox put a rally together to try and tie the game up at 2-2. It seems as though that would have happened in the eighth inning but for a self-admitted blown call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals on a play at the plate.
From my post at third base, it looked like Daniel Nava, who tried to score on a sacrifice fly, was safe. Who knows. Regardless, it was an eventful night for photos despite a low score.
Let’s hope the Sox stay competitive down the stretch. I’m looking forward to shooting this playoff race.
Here is a set of my images from today’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.
There was a lot going on around the park, so this is a mismatch of both the game action and features I shot. Clay Buchholz was dealing today, and pitched seven innings of no hit baseball. Go figure, seconds after I got down to the third base photo pit in hopes of some celebration photos, Rays second baseman Kelly Johnson broke up the no-no with a broken bat single to right field.
That’s how it goes.
More to come tomorrow from the Marathon Monday game. Enjoy!
The game last night was postponed due to rain, so I shot two press conferences instead.
The first was an ordinary presser with Red Sox Manager, John Farrell. The second was to announce former knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, as the Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and as Special Assignment Instructor to the team.
Click here to watch a quick video from the press conference. I even made a little appearance in it once or twice!