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The Eagles Have Landed

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to update the blog with fresh work, but now that Commencement season has come to a close, expect a stream of posts as I frantically try to catch up and improve my blogging workflow.

A few months ago, the athletics department at North Carolina Central University contacted me about covering their baseball team as they played an exhibition at Fenway Park. The game was the showcase event for the Fenway Park Open House, which also served as a college fair for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. Their opponent was the Rattlers of Florida A&M, another HBCU member.

The team was a great group of guys that had a genuine treat soaking in all the history and quirks of Fenway Park. Having shot so many Red Sox games over the years, going to Fenway can sometimes feel like another day at the office, but being around folks who are walking in to the ballpark for the first time, and getting the thrill of actually playing on that field, was a nice reminder about how special this place really is, warts and all.

Here are some of the photos from the Eagles visit.

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

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.

Back On Track

Another Sunday, another afternoon at the ballpark. This time around, I had the opportunity to spent another nine — and only nine — innings at Fenway Park as the Indians wrapped up a four-game series with the Red Sox.

Hoping to make it a three-game winning streak, the Sox did not disappoint the hometown fans, wrapping up the series with a 12-1 win and taking three of four from the Tribe.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Daniel Bard pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher Daniel Bard pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson pitches to Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the first inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson pitches to Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the first inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Ryan Sweeney makes a catch in center field after misjudging the fly ball in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Ryan Sweeney makes a catch in center field after misjudging the fly ball in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis reacts after getting doubled up at first base in the fifth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis reacts after getting doubled up at first base in the fifth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava steals second base ahead of the tag from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava steals second base ahead of the tag from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava reacts after scoring in the sixth inning on a dropped catch in the outfield against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava smiles at the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning on a dropped catch in the outfield against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles slides into Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera while stealing second base in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles slides into Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera while stealing second base in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks cheers at home plate after scoring in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks cheers at home plate after scoring in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia tracks his two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia tracks his two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- From left, Red Sox outfielders Ryan Sweeney, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Nava celebrate the Red Sox' 12-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- From left, Red Sox outfielders Ryan Sweeney, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Nava celebrate the Red Sox' 12-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012.

Oh, and hey, check it out. It’s Dice-K, hanging out with Bobby Valentine before the game!

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka gets a pat on the back from manager Bobby Valentine, center, with assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann, before a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Photo by KELVIN  MA (Kelvin Ma)

5/12/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka gets a pat on the back from manager Bobby Valentine, center, with assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann, before a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 13, 2012. Matsuzaka, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, is currently rehabbing with Triple A Pawtucket.

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