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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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