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.
It’s good to be back at Fenway after a few weeks off, particularly during a big series between the Red Sox and the Orioles. I tried to mix it up last night, so I shot from the center field camera well with the 600mm lens that we have here temporarily. I didn’t get much in the way of crazy action, but it’s still refreshing to have a different look.
There are also a few Jimmy Fund photos posted here, as there are lots of ceremonies and recognitions in honor of Jimmy Fund Month at Fenway Park.
That’s what it took to finish last night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. I think this was, by time, the longest game I’ve ever shot, even though I covered an 18 inning game here last season.
The Sox have been clutch in the late-game situations this year, so knowing that we’ve had plenty of walk-off winning photos from down low, I decided to mix things up and go up high for a different vantage point. Early in the ninth inning, I went to the upper deck in left field, hoping for a walk-off win. Seven innings later, I got what I was hoping for.
Although this game went well past midnight, and I had to change my captions from July to August, it was worth the wait. The win looked really nice from my spot, and to me, there’s no better feeling than getting a good picture. Here are those photos, as well as a selection of others from throughout the night (in no particular order – I’m too sleepy still to think about it).
One day, there are pictures everywhere you look. The next, you can’t get a picture anywhere. That’s how baseball is, and last night’s game was slow – really slow. Aside from the play at the plate photo above, nothing really happened. I think all of Boston’s energy was focused on the Bruins, who were playing just down the road at the Garden playing in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Although the Sox lost and there weren’t many pictures, it was still neat to be working at a sold out baseball game while the same city’s hockey team was playing at the same time across town. Only in Boston.
That’s it for baseball for me for awhile, as I’m traveling abroad for some exciting work. More to come soon!
For me, Sunday was more about what happened before the game than the game itself, which I was okay with after shooting two really long games the day before. The graduating class of Red Sox Scholars were on hand to be recognized during a ceremony before the game, which proves to be a busy day for everyone involved every year. Our photo crew was in early in the morning to shoot head shots of all the graduates and inductees across the street at Fenway High School. After shooting those, we broke down our lights and were quickly back over to the stadium to shoot group photos in front of the scoreboard followed by the pre-game ceremony itself. A busy end to a long weekend. Here are the highlights from the day.
I’m just now finding the time to get caught up on photos from the weekend. A rainy day on Friday made for a nice night off but a busy double header on Saturday. The Red Sox and Angels split the two games, but because these two teams are so heavy offensively, each game lasted well over four hours. That’s a lot of baseball for one day. I shot the first game from third base, and the second game from both third and first base. Images from Sunday to come soon!
You may notice that the first photo above isn’t quite like the others. That’s because on our way to Furnace Brook Middle School today for a visit with Boston Red Sox catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the SUV we were being driven in caught a flat tire and we were forced to pull over on the side of Route 3 near Marshfield, MA. Salty was really cool about the delay, and we all sat in the car listening to country music for about fifteen minutes until a backup car showed up. I snapped a few quick photos as we changed cars on the side of the highway, and we moved on. The event itself went fine. Our flat tire fiasco combined with a gym full of screaming middle schoolers made for an interesting morning. Never a dull moment.
I shot the rubber match of the first season series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles last night. It turned out to be a good one, particularly throughout the first half of the game. I’ve shot tons of games, but it was good to use last night to get back into the rhythm of shooting baseball again. When it comes to action photos, I think I’m still in tennis mode. Someone who’s not having an issue with timing, however, is Chris Davis, the O’s first baseman who already has six home runs on the season. The photo up above is of the one he hit last night, which I knew was gone as soon as it left the bat.