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.
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!
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!