Category Archives: Baseball CrankSpace
Lansing Lugnut shortstop Peter Mooney relays the ball to first base. The baserunner, who’s out, is Ronny Gil of the Quad Cities River Bandits; Mooney’s throw would not get QC batter/runner Oscar Taveras.
When the light permits I usually photograph baseball to stop the action. This photo captures Eddie’s long, long stride. I’m a bit annoyed that the photo missed his front foot….
Under the lights my baseball photographs are more about capturing action than stopping it. Thus: Eddie’s in motion, the baseball’s a blur, and Joe’s about to swing that bat. The second baseman’s Matt Devins.
I first read Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe when it was new, and it was magical. The movie based on the book is differently magical. Both are among my favorites.
The Tincaps (a Johnny Appleseed reference) beat the Lugnuts (an auto industry reference, sort of) by a 6-5 score.
I generally get to the ballpark early, and wander around a bit before the game. Sometimes my best pics are taken during warmups.
MacKenzie attended Central Michigan University, and is the collegiate player I’ve seen most often while playing only for opposition teams. I’ve seen him play against both Michigan State and Western Michigan. I’ve seen him at CMU’s Theunissen Stadium, at MSU’s McLane Stadium, and at WMU’s Bobb Stadium. And here, of course, playing summer ball against Battle Creek’s team.
Shot this with my Nikon N90s and the 28-105 mm lens I mentioned a few days back, and scanned it from a negative. I’d eventually figure out that a longer lens was desirable for ballpark photography. By April of 2005 my usual game kit included my then-new D70 and my 300 mm optic.