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!

Photos: Boston Red Sox Advance to 2013 World Series.

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrate after right fielder Shane Victorino hit a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrate after right fielder Shane Victorino hit a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino celebrates after hitting a go-ahead grand slam home run during the seventh inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with pitcher Koji Uehara during the ninth inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with pitcher Koji Uehara during the ninth inning of game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and teammates celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and teammates celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates with teammates after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates with teammates after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jumps on right fielder Jonny Gomes after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jumps on right fielder Jonny Gomes after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry is presented with the League Championship trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry is presented with the League Championship trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara holds the ALCS MVP trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara holds the ALCS MVP trophy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Jonny Gomes give an ice bath to pitcher Jake Peavy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Jonny Gomes give an ice bath to pitcher Jake Peavy during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy reacts after receiving an ice bath during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy reacts after receiving an ice bath during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway gestures to fans during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp sprays Champagne during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp sprays Champagne during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pours beer on manager John Farrell during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia pours beer on manager John Farrell during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes wears an 'Ironsides' Red Sox bathrobe as he celebrates during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox right fielder Jonny Gomes wears an ‘Ironsides’ Red Sox bathrobe as he celebrates during an on-field celebration after winning game six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and advancing to the World Series Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s hard to believe, but the Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. As I’m sure you can imagine, things are absolutely crazy around here in preparations for game one tomorrow night, so I don’t have a lot of time to collect my thoughts and write them here.

I will say, though, that getting to this point has been a dream of mine since I started shooting baseball four seasons ago. I never thought it would come so soon, so I don’t take this opportunity for granted at all. Many journalists go their entire careers working to cover something like the World Series, so regardless of whether the Sox win or lose, I’m thrilled to be here.

When it’s all over, I’ll find time to post more, but for now, here are the photos from the clinching Game Six of the American League Championship Series. I decided to pick up in the seventh inning, when Shane Victorino hit an incredibly timely and dramatic go-ahead grand slam home run to essentially punch Boston a ticket to the World Series. The rest go in chronological order throughout the end of the game and into the post-game celebrations.

Here’s hoping for a World Series Championship in Boston! More to come this week.

Photos: Boston Red Sox Celebrate after Clinching AL East Division.

"Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration as pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia embrace after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration as pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia embrace after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates celebrate on the field after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 20, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox teammates celebrate on the field after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 20, 2013.”

"Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 22, 2013. The Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays."

“Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 22, 2013. The Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.”

"Boston Red Sox first "Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli removes his shirt and sprays a bottle of champagne as teammates celebrate on the field after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox first first baseman Mike Napoli removes his shirt and sprays a bottle of champagne as teammates celebrate on the field after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Quintin Berry sprays fans with champagne on top of the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Quintin Berry sprays fans with champagne on top of the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox pitchers Ryan Dempster and Brandon Snyder spray fans with champagne on the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox pitchers Ryan Dempster and Brandon Snyder spray fans with champagne on the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrates in a helmet and goggles on the field after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrates in a helmet and goggles on the field after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox pitchers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara drink beer in the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox pitchers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara drink beer in the dugout during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is mobbed by fans during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is mobbed by fans during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates pose for a photograph on the pitcher's mound during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Boston Red Sox teammates pose for a photograph on the pitcher’s mound during an on-field celebration after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fenway Park.”

Two years ago in September, I was in the first base photo bit at Camden Yards in Baltimore, shooting photos as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox in dramatic fashion and ultimately eliminating them from the playoffs. Here are those pictures, and what I wrote about that memorable and historic night. 

It’s funny how things come full circle. After a last place finish last year in Boston, the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays last Friday night to clinch a first place finish in an extremely competitive American League East Division, and to secure their spot into the 2013 postseason. 

I was incredibly excited to shoot this game, and at the prospect of shooting these celebration photos. This is easily the most memorable experience I’ve had in my four seasons shooting baseball. For me, there’s no bigger an adrenaline rush than being a witness to these moments of peak emotion and jubilation in sports. As a photographer and as a baseball fan, it doesn’t get any better.

These are a selection of photos I shot, both right after the last out of the game was recorded and as the team celebrated on the field after the game. The first one, of pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrating as the team runs out behind them, has quickly become one of the favorite photos I’ve shot. 

I can’t wait to be on hand to shoot October playoff baseball in Boston! Here’s hoping for a World Series championship.