Found Lacking

It was a rough afternoon for the Red Sox on America’s birthday. Left in a deep hole by starting pitcher John Lackey — down 7 runs after 2 1/3 — the Sox just couldn’t dig themselves out, falling 2 runs shy in a 9-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. From a photo standpoint, it wasn’t a bad game to shoot. Unlike the Brewers game I shot the week before, the Red Sox continued to fight it out and keep the action going throughout the game. Sure, it stretched the game out that much longer — not something my body appreciated while baking in a shadeless 90+ degree photo pit for 3+ hours — but at least I think got some pictures that accurately captured the mood and frustration of the home town team. Bonus!

Here are some of my selects:

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

But, the afternoon wasn’t a total drag. The family of U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon was treated to a surprise visit from their sailor, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan — that’s the boat that handled Osama Bin Laden’s burial at sea, by the way. In Fenway fashion, Lydon threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and guessing from her reaction, loved every minute of it!

Boston, Mass. -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

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