i·ro·ny [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-nee] –noun,plural-nies. an outcome of events in which you take so many photos at baseball games you miss several subsequent games processing them all.
Without further ado, then, some highlights from two photo sets I just posted from games I went to back in April, just before my move:
April 21 vs. the Texas Rangers
After 12 long innings, I finally got to see my first Sox win of the season -- and a walkoff, no less. (Game Post)
Still my favorite non-Red Sox
Josh Hamilton swings in the outfield during pre-game warmups.
Excuse me while I toot my own horn a bit, here: I'm enamored of this capture if I do say so myself. Shows the alignment of his glove hand and push-off leg during his follow through (which can sometimes be v. acrobatic and exaggerated with Beckett depending on how much he's 'reaching back'), and the expression of his fingers just makes it.
For illustrative purposes only: Screw you, vendor blocking the lower right corner of this shot. Still, you at least see where the controversy began with this play -- note Tek chasing after the ball. Tek's foot is on the plate. The umpire would say that Borbon didn't touch it. Varitek was able to recover the ball and tag him and the umpire ruled him out.
Aftermath of a call: (L-R) Josh Beckett does not give a fuuuuhhh...; Julio Borbon begs; umpire points; Josh Hamilton threatens; Jason Varitek heads back to celebrating dugout for his props; fan wants to high five him; batboy business as usual.
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Racing the ball to second
Peeking out after a foul ball
This guy was popular that night, because he would also update the Bruins score.
Telling Pedroia where to put it
Jon Lester pretending to hit Clay Buchholz with the baseball; Buchholz pretending to be decapitated.
I already posted this picture once, but what the hell. It's my best shot, after all.
April 24 vs. Baltimore
I had field box seats for the Baltimore game, the first time I've ever sat so close to the field, and if I were to die and wake up there again, camera in hand, I would find it an acceptable form of heaven.First, some shots of my famous Dad --
"Hey Murph, check out these guns, man."
Aww, Mikey Lowell.
Fenway at Dusk
Baldies on the Ballfield: Lou Montanez and Ty Wigginton compare heads.
Sox turn two.
From the fans to Dave Magadan and Kevin Youkilis, I love the tough-guy expressions on everybody's faces here.
Darnell digs in.
Surprise pinch hitter!
Attention Red Sox Nation: do NOT be this guy. (Fan interference on a catchable foul pop-up, which is why Youk is giving him what-for here.)
John Farrell and Tek out to counsel a struggling Papelbon. The Sox would hang on to win, 7-6, but things got very "interesting" at the end.