Mileage

The results from the 2009 Southern Short Course are in, and out of the two images I entered, this one placed second in the Sports Feature category. Safe to say, I’ve been trying to get as much mileage out of this one as possible. Here it is:

6/1/08 -- ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays bench rushes to greet right fielder Gabe Gross and look out for his batting helmet after he hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox, 4-3, on June 1, 2008. (©2008 Tampa Tribune)

6/1/08 - ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays bench rushes to greet right fielder Gabe Gross and look out for his batting helmet after he hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox, 4-3, on June 1, 2008 (©2008 Tampa Tribune).

This is a shot that I had been trying to capture for years, all the way back to my time with the Cubs. For some reason or another — probably because the Rays weren’t all that good until last year — I never got it. Then, a week before this happened, my buddy over at the St. Pete Times, Brian Cassella (he’s very good), gets a similar shot on my day off! Frustrating, for sure, but my turn came… while Brian’s shot was still fresh in everyone’s mind, of course.

Go figure!

Anyway, it’s a nice cherry-on-top to what was a great half-season of covering the the Rays’ magical season. To see more of my coverage of the 2008 season, check out my main website: http://www.kelvinmaphoto.com.

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