My World Series
After a long hiatus, I’m back!
In case you were wondering, I took a self-imposed break back in April of undetermined length. It was a busy time for me, as I moved on from the events of the Boston Marathon and back to every day life. So what better way to return to the blogosphere than with a little post about the World Series?
Covering the World Series at Fenway is literally something I had been waiting for my entire life. It’s hardly unique, as far as dream assignments go, but I’ll take it. I was approached by Major League Baseball Community Affairs to cover a variety of events that they were holding for various Boston Communities. It wasn’t covering the game, specifically, but it did mean that I’d have the freedom to roam around the ballpark during Games 1 and 2. How could I turn that down?
It didn’t end up being quite that simple. I ended up spending most of Game 1 in the Commissioner’s Suite with the Red Sox ownership group of John Henry and Tom Werner, Commissioner Bud Selig, Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Frank Robinson, Paul Molitor and a trio of Army Medal of Honor Recipients. Mind. Blown. Game 2 had me running around with MLB’s “Green Team,” which was a sustainability initiative that let volunteers into the game for free in exchange for collecting recyclables around the ballpark, and spending a few minutes with Mariano Rivera and his family as he was presented with the Commissioner’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Not a bad week!
Of course, that wasn’t the end of it, because as we know, the Red Sox came home to win it in Game 6. With no responsibilities for Community Affairs — they don’t schedule events for the “if necessary” portion of the World Series – I was hired by MLB Photos to edit the photos of their photographers on the field, processing the live FTP feed directly from the field and moving it to the wire. I was essentially processing a near-live stream of photos from an All-Star photo team in its own right of Brad Mangin, Ron Vesely, and Rob Tringali. Very cool!
Not that I had much time to savor the Red Sox clinching, anyway, because once the game was over, MLB Photos manager Jessica Foster, editor Jim McKenna and I were buried in pictures straight through until about 2 a.m. You can see the fruits of our labor on the Getty Images wire.
This is the part of my blog post where I show off my swag…
My World Series press pin. One of these is issued to members of the press at each World Series venue, a throwback to when these were used as press credentials.
A signed copy of Brad Mangin’s Instant Baseball. Easily the prize of the year!
All in all, it was an incredible honor and privilege to work with such talented people at an event, like I said before, I have been waiting my entire life for. A very special thanks to Jessica Foster for setting me up with the gig in the first place.