Bad day at the office
Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer
It was one of the "those" nights. Not much went right, some my own fault, some just the fault of fate. Usually, I'm not in the habit of detailing bad shoots, but the fact is we're all human and we all have those days. Tonight, was one of those for me.
Baseball is one sport I have a love/hate relationship with. It can be boring and uneventful. Other times I can be euphoric. There can be endless hours of not much happening, and then, the world seems to explode. Unless you keep your mind keenly in tune, its really easy to miss the one play, or two plays, which break open the game. Or, it could just be some bad luck by paying attention to a field position player and and the action happens elsewhere.
Tonight I had a lens which is great for the outfield plays, but a bit too tight for other positons. Players can easily leap out of the frame, or get cut off. Things seemed to collide on several fronts tonight and I was not a very happy camper.
So, just to show that everyday does not go as one would hope, here's some of what can happen. The worst example of things going wrong was Aaron Hill scoring the 2nd run with a play at the plate. The other thing that was disappointing was the Jose Bautista Grand Slam. Not only did I fail to have the ball in the frame when he swung his bat (too much lens), the one very small moment of a smile on Bautista was not visible from the 1st base shooting position. As I found out later, it was from the 1st base extension shooting position. CP photographer Nathan Denette had it, and I never saw it. All I saw was a guy round the bases pretty much expressionless. That, unfortunatley, was a choice I made by staying in that position. However, other days, things you can see from the position I occupied are blocked from the other position.
On the positive side, tomorrow is another day and a chance to redeem myself.