Boston Red Sox Photos: 2017 FENWAY PARK MAYOR’S WALK THROUGH.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh previewed the offseason improvements to Fenway Park during an annual pre-Opening Day tour of the ballpark led by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Executive Vice President Jonathan Gilula, and with Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Henry. The visit highlighted the expansion of both the Home and Visitor’s dugouts, the addition of new seats between and outside the dugouts, a new bar and terraced seating area in Right Field, new day-of-game suites, an expanded virtual reality station that includes a batting cage experience, and a number of new concession offerings managed by Aramark, Fenway Park’s concessionaire.

Photos: Mayor Walsh and Red Sox Unveil New Batting Cage at Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

Boston Mayor Walsh and the Boston Red Sox Foundation formally unveiled the first of four indoor batting cages that will be installed in 2017 at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers throughout the City of Boston. The batting cage installation is made possible by a grant from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association’s (MLBPA) Youth Development Foundation.

This event was exactly what you would expect from a ribbon cutting photo wise, but it’s a great initiative that the Red Sox have partnered with. I grew up playing baseball, and was always lucky enough to have indoor batting cages to hit in year-round. This project begins giving that same access to kids in the city of Boston, even in the cold winter months. Any young baseball player deserves that!

Boston Red Sox Photos: Sunday, September 27, 2015 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

Sunday marked the close of the 2015 Boston Red Sox campaign at Fenway Park, as the team played the last game of their final home stand in Boston. 

It was a day full of farewells, capping off an at times turbulent season full of change within the team and within the organization. In an on-field ceremony, the Red Sox honored longtime President & CEO, Larry Lucchino, who is stepping down at the end of this season after 14 years in that role. It was a simple but beautiful tribute, and a fitting exclamation point to an ownership group that has accomplished a lot of great things together. 

Equally bittersweet was a fan tribute to NESN’s Red Sox broadcaster of the last 15 years, Don Orsillo. The announcer received a standing ovation from fans in the park after a video montage was played on the big screen. 

These come on top of team manager John Farrell’s cancer diagnosis and former General Manager Ben Cherington’s decision to step down earlier this year. That’s a lot to happen all at once.

I guess it goes to show how quickly things can change, even when it may appear that they’ll stay the same forever. That seemed to be a theme this season around here, and it will be interesting to see the changes that will undoubtedly continue this winter. 

This brings my sixth complete season working in Major League Baseball to a close. I put in more hours and worked harder this year than in any previous season. It was exhausting at times, but the new challenges I encountered this season only make me love the job even more. The results on the field weren’t what most of us predicted, but I’m proud of both the quantity and quality of the work I produced documenting the 2015 season. I learned a lot and tried new things. I know not every work place allows the freedom to do that so easily, so I’m grateful for the opportunity. 

Now to shift focus onto other work and projects that I’m behind on!

Great season to everyone involved!

Photos: Sport Of Hurling Coming To Fenway Park.

Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox announced that Fenway Park will play host to the sport of Hurling this fall as part of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic & Irish Festival. The Irish sport is returning to Fenway Park for the first time since 1954. 

I know nothing about this game, but it seems like it will be something interesting and different to photograph! Here are a few quick snaps from yesterday’s press conference announcement.