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Photos: Rockies vs Diamondbacks

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: Nolan Arenado (28) of the Colorado Rockies fouls a ball off a pitch by Archie Bradley (25) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on June 24, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – JUNE 24: Nolan Arenado (28) of the Colorado Rockies fouls a ball off a pitch by Archie Bradley (25) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on June 24, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Eight years ago, I came down to Coors Field to see the Rockies play live for the first time. I grew up loving baseball and played the game until I was 14, when the pressure to play (win) overtook the fun of playing the game. I was a Twins fan growing up and made many pilgrimages to the Metrodome to see the Twins and Mr. Kirby Puckett play. At a certain point my love of punk rock music usurped my love of America’s Past Time and I quit watching sports all together, it wasn’t until a friend got really excited about the Rockies that I came back to baseball. I remember sitting at that game, watching the photographers, thinking someday I want to be here, doing that.

When I got back to South Dakota and back to my job, one of the first assignments I shot an American Legion baseball game. It was an afternoon game and it was ungodly hot. The rusty old folding chairs with flecks of red paint peeling off that they placed in the “photo pit” (the only area with chain link low enough that one could shoot over) were almost too hot to sit on, the fabric on the mandatory khaki pants I had to wear to every assignment was the only thing preventing second degree burns on my hamstrings. It was miserable, to say the least, when a slight breeze broke the dry heat and it mentally brought me back to the previous weekend, to Denver. To Coors Field and hanging out with my friends.

I sent a text to my friend that just said “I wish I was at Coors Field.” What I didn’t send was the goal that I set, that one day I would be shooting baseball at Coors Field.  The goal I set based on the feeling that one day I would be here, doing this. I accomplished that goal on Friday night. I’ve always set goals of things that I want to shoot and things that I want to do. It’s never about winning awards. It’s about experiences and shooting something enough to get really good at it. I could have shot a game a lot sooner, but I was lacking the confidence that I could do it. I felt very overlooked and looked down upon for the first three years I was here. It’s amazing what one person believing in you can do. Plus if I would have forced it, I couldn’t say that the first professional baseball game that I shot was the longest nine inning game in Rockies history, clocking in at a grueling four and a half hours. I love baseball but even this was pushing it.

It’s amazing how much faster the game moves at this level. I’m excited to find my rhythm at this pace and up my reaction time. Hopefully this was the first of many, many games. Thanks for looking.

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Photos: Colorado 5A Baseball Championship

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DENVER, CO - MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

I haven’t shot baseball in over five years. I’ve photographed enough touchdowns, slapshots, checks, tackles, tries, rucks, baskets, jump shots and goals to last a lifetime in the last five years but not a single pitch or at-bat. I shot a lot of baseball when I was still in South Dakota. Rapid City was, and still is, very much a baseball town. So I’ve had my fair share of covering America’s Past Time but since I’ve been in Denver, baseball has not been a priority. Most sports have not been priority, outside of rugby. Any sports I’ve covered has been out of chance. So I jumped at the chance to shoot the 5A championship game on Sunday.

I was a little nervous, baseball can be a tough shoot. Five years of rust is not something you can knock off very quickly. Fortunately shooting rugby and hockey has upped my reaction time and watching the game at a professional level for the last five years has improved my ability to anticipate plays. The pressure was also diminished as it was a championship game (actually games as it was double elimination and they ended up playing two) so no matter what the most important photo was going to be the jubilation shot (or jub shot in journalism speak) at the end of the game.

Both games ended up being pretty decent and a lot of fun to shoot. Hopefully it won’t be five years before I shoot another game.

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Photos: America’s Past Time, Vintage Base Ball League

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Back in August I had the pleasure of making photos of a vintage base ball tournament in Parker.

The rules were a throw back to the original rules, back in the 1800’s. Teams traveled from as far as Boston and Arizona to take part in the festivities.

I was originally only planning on spending maybe an hour or two making photos but I got sucked in. It was uncomfortably hot but the action on the field and the fun the players were having was too much to walk away from. So I stayed… for seven hours. I didn’t shoot the entire time. I sat back and watched for a while, shot for a while, watched, shot, etc… It was interesting. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

I’ve been meaning to blog this for a while but it’s been a wild couple of months and I’m just getting around to catching up.

More Photos Colorado Vintage Base Ball (baseball)

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-SM

Ed “Fast Eddy” Phelan of the Denver Blue Stockings Base Ball Club takes a swing at the ball while striking during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

Steve “The Babe” McCumber of the Mudville Base Ball Club laughs as two women protest for women’s suffrage between innings on Saturday, August 11, 2012 during a vintage base ball game in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

Mudville hurler Peter “Citizen” Barbiera bobbles a sharply hit ball during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

Gary “Red Dog” Wickett of the Denver Blue Stockings Base Ball Club rings a bell at the scorers table to denote scoring a run during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association played host to a series of vintage baseball games on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The CVBBA hosted teams from Colorado as well as teams from Boston and Arizona.

Allen “The Rooster” Goldberg of the Mudville Base Ball Club watches the ball slip over his fingers as he dives for a foul ball during a vintage base ball game against the Arizona Stars and Stripes on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association played host to a series of vintage baseball games on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The CVBBA hosted teams from Colorado as well as teams from Boston and Arizona.

Greg Colanski of the Silt All Stars gives Gary “Red Dog” Wickett of the Denver Blue Stockings a piggy back ride to home plate after Wickett hurt his ankle while running the bases during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

Robert “Cruncher” Gentner of the Arizona Stars and Stripes Base Ball Club dives for home as Colorado Territorial All Stars behind Drew “Wilkes Booth” Frady tags him out during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. Gentner was called safe on the play due to base path interference prior to the play. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association played host to a series of vintage baseball games on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The CVBBA hosted teams from Colorado as well as teams from Boston and Arizona.

Dathan “Cannibal” Tinney of the Denver Blue Stockings Base Ball Club waits for his turn to strike during a vintage base ball game on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

“Mad Dog” Mason flips a coin to determine who strikes first during a vintage base ball game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mudville Base Ball Club on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Parker. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association put on the games complete with throw back uniforms and rules from the 19th century.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association played host to a series of vintage baseball games on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The CVBBA hosted teams from Colorado as well as teams from Boston and Arizona.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association played host to a series of vintage baseball games on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Parker Historical Society in Parker. The CVBBA hosted teams from Colorado as well as teams from Boston and Arizona.

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September 25, 2012 at 10:17 am