Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fired Up

Meet the new Red Sox. Well, at least the new attitude of the Red Sox.

Two days after the biggest trade (salary-wise) in baseball history, the hometown team played some inspired baseball, got its manager ejected, and had its newest member record his first hit and RBI by tying up the game. These kinds of grind-it-out wins have been all too rare this season, and it showed in the standings. What will this mean for the rest of the season and the future? Who can say, but at least it looks like there’s some life left in this team yet.

Here are some photos.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, newly acquired from the Dodgers, fields a low throw at first as Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar reaches safely in the first inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, newly acquired from the Dodgers, fields a low throw at first as Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar reaches safely in the first inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway is late applying the tag as Royals second baseman Johnny Giovatella scores in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway is late applying the tag as Royals second baseman Johnny Giovatella scores in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross makes an awkward catch against the Royals while battling the sun in the eighth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross makes an awkward catch against the Royals while battling the sun in the eighth inning on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury gets tripped up as he runs out of the batters box with an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Royals at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. It was the go-ahead run, putting the Red Sox up, 5-4. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury gets tripped up as he runs out of the batters box with an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Royals at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. It was the go-ahead run, putting the Red Sox up, 5-4.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, left, shakes hands with second baseman Dustin Pedroia and third baseman Pedro Ciriaco after the Red Sox defeated the Royals, 8-6, at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, left, shakes hands with second baseman Dustin Pedroia and third baseman Pedro Ciriaco after the Red Sox defeated the Royals, 8-6, at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

Gives You Wings

You know that marketing slogan “Red Bull gives you wings”?

Well, wings wouldn’t have made this weekend’s Cliff Diving World Series much fun at all — the falling, after all, is the best part. An international field of daredevil cliff divers came to Boston for the 2012 competition, jumping off the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art for the second year in a row.

With a crowd twice as large as last year’s, I was right there along with them, shooting the event for the Herald. Here’s what I saw…

Boston, Mass. -- Spectators watch as Kent De Mond of San Diego goes through his practice dives at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/25/2012 -- BOSTON -- Spectators watch as Kent De Mond of San Diego goes through his practice dives at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- A diver makes his fall from the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/25/2012 -- BOSTON -- A diver makes his fall from the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Alain Kohl of Luxembourg dives off the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/25/2012 -- BOSTON -- Alain Kohl of Luxembourg dives off the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic starts his dive in a hand stand at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/25/2012 -- BOSTON -- Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic starts his dive in a hand stand at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Spectators inside the Institute of Contemporary Art watch as Czech diver Michal Navratil dives past their window at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/25/2012 -- BOSTON -- Spectators inside the Institute of Contemporary Art watch as Czech diver Michal Navratil dives past their window at the Red Bull 2012 Cliff Diving World Series USA stop on Aug. 25, 2012.

Low Impact

It was a familiar scene at my first trip this season to cover the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium Sunday night. With the visiting Montreal Impact, an expansion team new to the MLS this season, the Revs played true to their place at the bottom of the standings, squandering several scoring opportunities en route to a 1-0 loss. A frustrating night for the home town team, for sure.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Saër Sene covers his face after failing to score in the second half in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Saer Sene covers his face after failing to score in the second half in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber goes after a loose ball as Montreal's Felipe Martins gets tripped up by Revolution defender A.J. Soares at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber goes after a loose ball as Montreal's Felipe Martins gets tripped up by Revolution defender A.J. Soares at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis can't make the save on a shot from Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis can't make the save on a shot from Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution defenders react after Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution defenders react after Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Diego Fagundez gets tripped up as Impact defender Jeb Brovsky closes in in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Diego Fagundez gets tripped up as Impact defender Jeb Brovsky closes in in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy disagrees with a call in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy disagrees with a call in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.