Vernon Wells is traded, photographer feels safer
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Vernon Wells!
While I believe that he has been a good ambassador for baseball in the city, I feel safer for it!
As a photographer I have been kicked, punched, fallen, hit by a hockey puck and hit by two baseballs.
Those two baseballs have come off the bat of Vernon Wells, something about his swing sends that ball towards me. He has hit me in the wrist and another time a ricochet nailed me right between the eyes. Thankfully both times I was not seriously injured, a nive "tattoo" of the balls laces on the wrist and a bloody nose and minor swelling.
Both times I was on the third base side, his back to me while he was at the plate! I'm always aware when Vernon goes up to the plate. Sometimes we'll aim out cameras at the infield, but we always keep an eye on the batter, Vernon is my reminder to the rule. The ball that hit me in the wrist could have been worse, I managed to duck behind my 400 f/2.8 just in time.
I'll miss Vernon, but feel a little safer. The only thing that might upset the new found sense of security would be if the Leafs traded for Ryan Miller.
April 9, 2008, Something about Vernon's swing would send the ball "backwards" to the third base photo pit. Vernon Wells fouls the ball off as the Toronto Blue Jays get swept in their three game series against the Oakland Athletics with a 3-2 loss in 12 innings at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
March 1, 2004 - Vernon Wells makes his way in from centre field with his runners while completing a one hopper fielding drill as the Toronto Blue Jays workout at The Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin, Florida training complex.
February 20, 2004 - Outfielder Vernon Wells gives his best Italian soccer Star imitation by faking out the crew after hopping off a four foot (1.3 metre) drop. Wells was also sporting the new Jays uniform during filming a promotional spot at Knology Park.
June 13, 2009 Centre fielder Vernon Wells just misses making the catch on a ball that bounces off the top of the wall for a double for Cody Ross as the Toronto Blue Jays lose a Saturday afternoon game to the Florida Marlins 6-5.