The Boston Red Sox defeated the Miami Marlins in front of a full capacity crowd with no restrictions for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Before the game, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Again, I don’t have much time today to post, but I wanted to get this up before the end of the day. A tough loss for the Red Sox last night in game two of the World Series.
Overall, it wasn’t a huge night for action photos from my spot along third base, but here are the highlights. On to game three!
Don’t have a lot of time to post, but here are the highlights from game one of the 2013 World Series! A great start for the Red Sox.
Game two at Fenway begins in a few hours. More to come.
Happy 2013 World Series!
Things are buzzing at Fenway Park in anticipation of game one tonight between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Yesterday, we were busy shooting team media day and press conferences, as well as the team workout.
After a brief patch of rain, the skies did all sorts of crazy things, and we were treated to one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen and a rainbow over the park to boot. Let’s hope that’s a good luck omen for the Sox!
It’s hard to believe, but the Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. As I’m sure you can imagine, things are absolutely crazy around here in preparations for game one tomorrow night, so I don’t have a lot of time to collect my thoughts and write them here.
I will say, though, that getting to this point has been a dream of mine since I started shooting baseball four seasons ago. I never thought it would come so soon, so I don’t take this opportunity for granted at all. Many journalists go their entire careers working to cover something like the World Series, so regardless of whether the Sox win or lose, I’m thrilled to be here.
When it’s all over, I’ll find time to post more, but for now, here are the photos from the clinching Game Six of the American League Championship Series. I decided to pick up in the seventh inning, when Shane Victorino hit an incredibly timely and dramatic go-ahead grand slam home run to essentially punch Boston a ticket to the World Series. The rest go in chronological order throughout the end of the game and into the post-game celebrations.
Here’s hoping for a World Series Championship in Boston! More to come this week.
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.
It was another great one at Fenway Park last night, as the Red Sox kept rolling to beat David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 2-0 series lead in the American League Division Series.
There’s something about this team. They always seem to come up with the timeliest hits and big defensive plays when they need them most. They’ve done that all season, and it’s been more of the same so far this series. David Ortiz was clutch in game two, hitting home runs in both the first and eighth innings. His first one really set the tone and got the crowd into the game early.
Atmosphere is a huge part of the playoffs, so I’m aiming to show that through my photos. Although shooting the regular, tight action photos is necessary, I’ve also been liking the look of these loose action photos that show the crowd and ambience as well.
Hopefully, I’ll have more chances to play around with that balance in the coming days. The team is down in Tampa right now. One win and we’re on to the ALCS!
There’s nothing more exciting than playoff baseball, and I’m really pumped that we have it here in Boston this year.
Yesterday was Game One of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and from a Sox photographer’s point of view, things couldn’t have gone better. Although there wasn’t anything to out of the ordinary in the way of pictures, the team came out and dominated with a 10-2 win to begin the series.
I shot the game from one of two temporary, auxiliary photo pits built for the postseason on the inside ends of each dugout. It’s a nice luxury having those extra pits, which give us a different angle than we normally have during the regular season.
This is a selection of photos from both the pre-game Boston Marathon tribute ceremony as well as the game itself.
Game Two is tonight!
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.