At the beginning of this season when manager Alex Cora was hired, he requested one thing: a plane full of supplies to be sent down by the Red Sox to his hometown of Caguas in Puerto Rico in wake of Marias. The Red Sox came through on that request, and ten months and one World Series championship later, they returned to Caguas with the World Series trophy in tow.
Here is a photo essay from a down-and-back day trip to Puerto Rico earlier this week with Alex Cora, several other players and coaches, and members of the Red Sox front office. This was a whirlwind day, but an experience I won’t forget. The Red Sox were welcomed with a huge parade through the streets and a celebration of baseball and Puerto Rican culture.
We did it again!
The Boston Red Sox are once again World Champions. Two times in six years and four times since 2004 is seriously impressive, historic stuff.
I’ve been going nonstop for the past two months on this ride. I’m exhausted physically, creatively, and emotionally, but things are now slowing down and I’m finally finding time to get to this blog post.
This is my second World Series win as a team photographer for the Boston Red Sox in my seven years here. It’s not supposed to happen like that. I know great photographers who have gone decades without a crack at the World Series. I don’t take the opportunity for granted and I know how lucky I am. The Red Sox are an organization that is deeply committed to winning, and all of us who work here are lucky to work for a team that is always playing meaningful baseball.
In 2013, there was a higher purpose to the season. That World Series team helped heal a city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The season felt heavier emotionally. It seemed like we partied more, rejoiced in the highest highs more fully, and felt the lowest lows more deeply. 2018 was all business. This team was the best team in baseball from beginning to end, and there was no doubt about it. From a work standpoint, it was way busier. There’s just more work to be done now than six years ago. I’m not complaining though. It’s pretty cool to have been there to document the best team to ever exist in the 100 plus year history of the franchise.
On a personal level, I’ve grown since 2013. This year was my first as Manager of Photography for the team, so navigating the new role was both rewarding and challenging. I had big shoes to fill. Looking back at my work from 2013, I know I’ve gotten a lot better, and figured out how to play “the game” more effectively when it comes to sports photography and getting the access I need, both with the team and in my freelance work. I was pretty green in 13.
But success only goes as far as the team you have around you, and I have the best team in baseball to work with. My photo staff – Matt Thomas, Reggie Thomas, Sarah Stier, Kathryn Riley, and freelancers Brita Outzen and Cindy Loo – are all so talented and worked so hard this year. They should all be proud of the body of work they’ve produced. Our creative services team of designers, VR producers, and social media experts bring all these pictures to life and make our content pop. Most professional sports teams don’t have such a fluid creative group in working order, and we should all be proud of the work we do together as a team. My girlfriend Alaina puts up with my long hours, road trips away, and constant e-mails without complaint. She is the best and I’m lucky to have her here with me. My parents, family, and close friends always support me and also understand the grueling nature of this job. Where would I be without them?
Here’s a gallery of photos from the final game! A big thanks to everyone for following along all season. It was fun. Damage Done.
I’m finally finding time to catch up on this blog. I’m way behind!
Here’s a gallery from game three of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. 18 innings and seven and a half hours later, this is easily the longest game I’ve ever shot. That was ridiculous. Tough we came out on the losing end, but it didn’t seem to matter too much looking back.