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. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 vs. Detroit Tigers.

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz tips his helmet to the crowd at second base after hitting a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The double was Ortiz' 2,000th hit of his Major League career."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz tips his helmet to the crowd from second base after hitting a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The double was Ortiz’ 2,000th hit of his Major League career.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a two run home run, his second home run of the game, during the seventh inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a two run home run, his second home run of the game, during the seventh inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hugs third baseman Will Middlebrooks after hitting a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The double was Ortiz' 2,000th hit of his Major League career."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hugs third baseman Will Middlebrooks after hitting a double during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The double was Ortiz’ 2,000th hit of his Major League career.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks hits a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks hits a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks flips the bat after hitting a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks flips the bat after hitting a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks throws toward first base after fielding a ground ball during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks throws toward first base after fielding a ground ball during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster falls as he throws to first base after fielding a bunt during the fourth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster falls as he throws to first base after fielding a bunt during the fourth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox teammates playfully tug on the beard of first baseman Mike Napoli after scoring a run during the eighth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox teammates playfully tug on the beard of first baseman Mike Napoli after scoring a run during the eighth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielders  Mike Carp, Daniel Nava, and Jacoby Ellsbury celebrate in front of the Green Monster scoreboard after the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 20-4 on 19 hits and a franchise record-tying eight home runs Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielders Mike Carp, Daniel Nava, and Jacoby Ellsbury celebrate in front of the Green Monster scoreboard after the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 20-4 on 19 hits and a franchise record-tying eight home runs Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Last night turned out to be a historic, action-packed, and downright fun game to shoot. Seemingly out of nowhere, the Red Sox offense exploded, putting up 20 runs on 19 hits, including a franchise record-tying eight home runs. 

David Ortiz put up a huge performance of his own, hitting two home runs as well as a double in the sixth inning, which marked the 2,000th hit of his Major League Career. 

I’ve shot lots of crazy games in the past, but I can’t remember one where home runs, plays in the field, and player reactions were happening so quickly and consistently. It’s a good exercise in keeping your focus while shooting as several story lines are happening at once. 

What a great way to end this home stand. We’ve got one more home stand to go, but hopefully more baseball to come here in Boston as October rolls around!