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.
Sometimes, you can cover an entire baseball game, essentially, in one inning. Take Sunday’s game between the Red Sox and the Tigers, for example. Featuring a pitchers’ duel between the Red Sox’ Clay Bucholz and Detroit’s Justin Verlander, there wasn’t much action to be had as Bucholz cruised with a 3-0 lead into the ninth.
Enter Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon blew the lead in the ninth, allowing the Tigers to tie the game at 3-3. But, as luck would have it, a timely error in the bottom part of the inning led to a walk-off win for the Sox. Nice celebration pictures to cap an otherwise uneventful (action-wise) game!
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis pounces on pinch runner Darnell McDonald after McDonald scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning on a Tigers error on Aug. 1, 2010.
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis congratulates shortstop Marco Scutaro after Scutaro's bunt resulted in a game-ending error from Tigers pitcher Robbie Weinhardt in the ninth inning to put the Sox on top, 4-3, on Aug. 1, 2010.
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Tigers pitcher Robbie Weingardt throws the ball away in the ninth while trying to field a bunt from Marco Scutaro on Aug. 1, 2010. The error allowed pinch runner Darnell McDonald to score the go-ahead run, putting the Sox on top 4-3.
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon shrugs his shoulders after giving up a 2-run double to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, tying the game, on Aug. 1, 2010.
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Tigers left fielder Ryan Raburn can't make the play on Eric Patterson's RBI bloop hit into left field in the second inning on Aug. 1, 2010.
8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Bucholz pitches to the Tigers in the first inning on Aug. 1, 2010.