There are four teams in Major League Baseball that are like royalty. They are the Yankees, Red-Sox, Cubs and the Dodgers. I finally had my chance to photograph royalty when the Los Angeles Dodgers came to Miami to take on the Miami Marlins in a three game series.
Photographing the Los Angeles Dodgers had a different feel to it then say when I photographed the Minnesota Twins or Washington Nationals. It felt like I was witnessing history or I was in presence of greatness. It was a constant feeling of something great was going to happen.
I was initially disappointed when I arrived to the game as it had been projected that former Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, was going to take the mound. Who wouldn’t want to photograph one of the best pitchers of this era? Turns out the Dodgers flipped the pitchers earlier that morning and Kershaw was going to pitch the next game and Dustin May, the rookie, would pitch the game I was photographing.
Now I did say I was initially disappointed, but that feeling quickly subsided. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 15 runs on 15 hits. They had six homeruns and 4 of those were back to back homeruns. The way they dismantled the Marlins and sucked any life or energy from them was awesome to watch.
Here I was photographing the potential NL MVP, Cody Bellinger, blasting a homerun right after Justin Turner smacks one out himself. It was just crazy to watch how these hitters just wait on the right pitch and just pound that ball with such ease. There is a reason why they represented the NL in the World Series last year and they very well can do it again this year.
One of the highlights of photographing teams is seeing my photos on their social media pages. The sense of accomplishment from that is second to none. Now image how I must of felt when I saw the majority of the photos from the game on the Dodgers photo blog belong to me? I was even credited as the photographer which is an amazing feeling.
I could have shared hundreds of photos but I will only share some of my favorites below.