I’m catching up on work from the weekend series against the Yankees.
The 2016 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees – Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, the late Ira Flagstead, and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino – were honored during a special pre-game ceremony before last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
David Ortiz’s 2013 game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park was also selected as the “Great Red Sox Moment,” a memorable moment in Red Sox history that is regarded for its special significance.
The Sox followed with a close loss to the Cleveland Indians in the first of a three-game series, but there was still much to celebrate at the ball park.
Today, the Red Sox Foundation showed their appreciation for the sponsors at Heineken by inviting them to a batting practice session with former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield.
Here are a few quick photos from the afternoon!
The game last night was postponed due to rain, so I shot two press conferences instead.
The first was an ordinary presser with Red Sox Manager, John Farrell. The second was to announce former knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, as the Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and as Special Assignment Instructor to the team.
Click here to watch a quick video from the press conference. I even made a little appearance in it once or twice!
Here are some shots from Tuesday’s pre-game ceremonies honoring former Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield, who retired before the start of this season.
They’re some nice images, I think, which is good because the rest of the game was miserable (even though the Sox won) and I didn’t make a single picture I was happy with. Something about roaming Fenway Park in the pouring rain had me down.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Don’t forget to go photograph kids in the Fenway Park family room playing with sea creatures from the New England Aquarium. That’s what I did! Luckily I got a reminder call and went and got some nice stuff.
Last Friday, Fenway Park celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary with an elaborate pre-game ceremony followed by a game against the New York Yankees. The game itself was quite anticlimactic, ending in a pretty bad loss for the Red Sox, but that was definitely overshadowed by the magnitude of the milestone this ballpark had reached.
I was honored to be a small part of the day, and I was thrilled to witness this important moment in baseball history. Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Terry Francona were just a few of the over 200 Boston Red Sox alumni from all generations that were on hand to celebrate at Fenway. What a sight.
I shot the pre-game ceremony from the first base photo pit, and had a blast. It’s easily one of my best memories from my time working in baseball.
And as chaotic and busy as the day was leading up to the ceremony, I learned a lot about the logistics of shooting big-time events like these. There’s lots of planning that goes into organizing a huge corral of pro photographers on hand, and being part of that planning process was a valuable experience for me.
There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’ll let the images do the talking. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like! And, check the Boston Red Sox Facebook Page to view their Timeline cover photo shot by yours truly.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this milestone, the ceremony, the recent Red Sox performance, these photos, or anything else!
Opening Day at Fenway Park: A moment I’ve long been waiting for, and it fulfilled my every expectation. The energy throughout the stadium was booming, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to begin the season in Boston.
What’s more, the Red Sox opened up this homestand with a solid win.
As I did after each game I shot last season, I’ll continue to post one “Thing I Learned” from each game I document this year. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Navigating through Fenway Park when it’s full of people is incredibly inconvenient. I found myself a bit frustrated after two innings of fighting my way through throngs of drunken fans. Such is the nature of the ballpark, though, and I’ve quickly learned to embrace it!
More to come soon!