"A grounds crew worker cuts the outfield grass in Boston's historic Fenway Park Sunday, August 15, 2010 after a performance by Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band the night before."
"A member of the grounds crew walks through rows of empty seats at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, August 15, 2010."
I took a tour of Fenway Park during my visit to Boston this weekend.
The only thing I could think about during the entire tour was how much I wished I worked as a photographer there. Covering the last place Baltimore Orioles day in and day out last year was incredibly exciting. I can’t imagine working in a ballpark that’s nearly 100 years old in a city that goes crazy over their baseball team.
So, instead of listening to most of what our tour guide told us, I took photographs and promised myself that I’ll get there one way or another.
Aerosmith had just played to a sold out Fenway audience the night before, so the grounds crew was working to get the field back into baseball shape. The bustle on the field caught my eye more than The Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, and the other historic, recognizable parts of the stadium.
I noticed that these two shots are strikingly similar and work well as a pair.
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The Baltimore Orioles hosted the 2010 Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Campaign event on Tuesday. Orioles Head Athletic Trainer, Richie Bancells, and Orioles Pitcher, Brian Matusz, ran a fitness clinic for local kids, and talked to them about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Besides what’s in this video, I don’t have many thoughts about the event itself. My thoughts were elsewhere.
Although I’ve covered the Orioles nearly every week this summer, I hadn’t been down on the field since Opening Day. I was thrilled to be back on grassy turf, sweating it out on a 90-plus degree day in the middle of a record-setting Baltimore heat wave.
I always find working on the field of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to be extremely soothing. The symmetry, clean lines, and vast openness of the park are an escape from the chaos that fills the rest of the city. I took a few moments to meditate on the warning track in right field.
After being out there, I’ve found myself reminiscing on all the great memories from my time with the O’s.