That’s a sweep for the Red Sox to start the second half of the season! Here are a few images from the third game of the series.
What a day! On a rare mid-week daytime game, the Boston Red Sox completed a series sweep of the Minnesota Twins, winning a nail biter in vintage walk-off fashion.
After a 0-0 game was broken up by a Minnesota home run in the tenth inning, the Sox responded with back to back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to tie and then win the game. It was the first time the Red Sox had won in walk-off fashion on back to back home runs since June 14, 1999.
A great game for photos, and a solid end to a successful homestand overall.
I’m off from baseball for a few weeks, as I’m headed across the pond! More to come soon.
The Red Sox won game four of the World Series last night, tying up the series at two games a piece. This was another dramatic, crazy game with an even crazier ending.
Nobody expected Koji Uehara to end the game by picking off Cardinals pinch runner Kolten Wong at first base (which is the first time in history a World Series game has ended on a pick off), and it happened so fast that I’m surprised I got any pictures out of it.
I’m getting ready to head to the stadium for game five, so there isn’t much time to post, but here are the highlights from the pick off and from Jonny Gomes’ huge three run home run.
Let’s hope for another Boston win tonight!
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.
The Orioles are in town for a critical three-game series against the Sox. Baltimore finds themselves in the middle of a tight race for a wild-card spot in the postseason, while Boston entered the series with a magic number of 4 games to win the American League East division.
The O’s were able to sneak out a win last night, powered by a home run by the other main storyline of this series, first baseman Chris Davis. In the sixth inning, he hit his league-leading 51st home run, which broke the Baltimore Orioles all-time franchise record previously held by Brady Anderson, who hit 50 in 1996.
As a baseball fan who grew up in Baltimore watching Brady Anderson and the rest of those 90’s Orioles teams, it was neat to be on hand to shoot the record being broken. And, given my two previous seasons shooting for Baltimore, I was able to pass those photos along for Orioles marketing and social media.
That being said, I’m no mole, and for the record I’m still rooting (and shooting) for the Sox come playoff time.
Last night was the second of a three game series between two of baseball’s best, the Red Sox and the Tigers. This was slated as a pitcher’s duel between Jon Lester and league leader in wins, Max Scherzer. With that in mind, I wasn’t expecting much action to shoot, and that’s exactly how things went.
Instead, this game’s pictures were more about emotion and reaction than plays on the field, which there was quite a bit of.
Perhaps this is a preview for things to come in the playoffs.
A bit late on these, but here are a few photos from the last of the Red Sox three game series against the Orioles last week. I took out the 600mm lens again for this game, so it was interesting to be forced to shoot everything really tight. It’s certainly a challenge and makes you think differently about framing and composition.
Here are a few photos from the end of quite a busy home stand here at Fenway Park. Aside from the Victorino play above, there wasn’t much out of the ordinary that happened yesterday. These are mostly basic stock action photos.
Time for a few days without baseball to shoot.
Late after last night’s game, Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Cy-Young winning starting pitcher, Jake Peavy. I’m sad to see Iglesias go. He’s the type of baseball player I love watching most – slick in the infield, scrappy on the bases, and dependable at the plate.
Here are a few photos of him during his last game in a Red Sox uniform, as well as a few others from the night. It was a good win for the Sox in the first of a three game series against the Seattle Mariners.