Another Opening Day in the books! My 11th in Boston with the Red Sox. It’s always a crazy one, but yesterday was a good one. Despite a loss, a beautiful day and back to normal pre-covid operating conditions made it ideal for work!
I traveled to New York last week to shoot game 1 of 162 this season, as the Red Sox opened up at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees. An extra inning walk-off win for New York, but was still great to get underway.
After an extended delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Boston Red Sox began their 2020 Major League Baseball campaign against the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Night at Fenway Park.
This was an absolutely wild day to be a part of from beginning to end. I was at the park at 5:15AM for the sunrise, and left at 12:45PM (with a brief nap in the morning).
A beautiful pre-game ceremony incorporated elements of the Black Lives Matter movement, and remember lives lost due to COVID-19.
I can’t remember an Opening Day so busy, which is unexpected given we are playing in front of an empty ballpark. Overall, I am tired, but very happy to be here, and feel lucky to have witnessed history yesterday.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, sports at all levels have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Among the many events was the Boston Red Sox home Opening Day, scheduled for yesterday against the Chicago White Sox. Every year, Red Sox photography staff is into the ballpark early to shoot the sunrise. It has become a welcome tradition for fans and members of the front office alike. Although yesterday’s game was postponed, I was granted special access to be in the ballpark for an hour early in the morning to keep the sunrise photo tradition going. The weather was not ideal for sunrise, but it was important to get the photo regardless. A big thanks to Fenway Park security for getting me the clearance to do this.
Baseball is back in Boston! Yesterday was a long, busy day for the Red Sox photography department, but also a day filled with amazing photo opportunities.
The Red Sox paid tribute to the New England Patriots, who won their fourth Super Bowl this year. Quarterback Tom Brady, Head Coach Bill Belichick, Team President Jonathan Kraft, and Team Owner Robert Kraft were introduced on field. The Red Sox also inducted ALS Survivor Pete Frates as an official member of the team, and recognized local kids as part of the new Calling All Kids initiative.
During the game, it was the Mookie Betts show, as he hits a three-run home run, robbed a home run in center field, and displayed some heads up base running. An exciting pre-game ceremony and a 9-4 Red Sox win made for a great start to the season!
I’ll be sure to post often as the season goes on – my fourth for the Red Sox, sixth for MLB, and first as a full-time Staff Photographer.
It’s hard to believe time has passed so quickly, but yesterday marked the start of my fourth season working as a photographer in Major League Baseball.
I always love Opening Day, and yesterday at Fenway Park was no exception. We caught a break from the freezing cold that we’ve had up here in Boston, and had a beautiful, sunny, warm afternoon to work in. That, along with all the other familiar sights and sounds that make baseball so perfect, was rejuvenating to say the least.
It made for a long day, beginning with a 5:00 A.M. arrival at the ballpark and ending with night class and a few hours of editing in the lab at Boston University, but a great day nonetheless.
Here are some images I made from the pre-game ceremonies and the general scene around Fenway. I threw in a bit of orange and black as well.
It was fantastic to see all the Boston photographers back in the same place, and a pleasure to meet some new ones. Plus, the Red Sox took on my hometown heroes, the Baltimore Orioles.
My two favorite teams and a fresh start. A dream come true for this guy.