Photographing Baseball Made Me Love it Again

When I took the job as a photographer for Major League Baseball, I had no idea what to expect. As someone who grew up loving baseball and breathed it every day my love and passion for the game faded as I got older. Granted a certain owner named Jeffery Loria was a huge factor in my love fading, but baseball wasn’t fun anymore for me. That was until I started photographing baseball games for MLB.

I’ll admit I didn’t know what to expect when I began photographing baseball games on Opening Day. Was I going to be bored? What action if any was going to be there? How long are the games and would they just drag out? Once I got behind the camera I was able to see baseball in a completely different way.

Pregame Baseball Handshakes and Rituals

Baseball has always been, for its part, a game of rituals. Thoughts of Nomar Garciaparra adjusting his batting gloves and kicking his toes into the batter’s box come to mind. Here I am photographing these players and all their different handshakes they have for one another. I get to see how pitchers like Max Scherzer get ready for a game. I knew of rituals, but to see it up close was something else. I felt like a part of those rituals.

And along the way, I developed my own pregame rituals. When I’m in the dugout before the game I eat 30 pieces of gum, three at a time. I can only eat the apple and grape flavored gum. When I get a drink from the Gatorade coolers I have to drink once from the Gatorade, then from the water and back with the Gatorade. And I also do 10 pullups on the roof of the dugout before the pitchers and catchers make their way out.

I feel blessed that in my photographing baseball, I’ve also had the opportunity to photograph some of the game’s rising stars such as Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna and even established stars like Bryce Harper or Cy Young winners like Jacob deGrom. Their love and passion for the game has reignited mine.

I can truly say once again I love baseball. I enjoy my time walking through the ballpark, hearing the sights, listening to the sounds of the game and not to mention the smells of hotdogs and pretzels. I wouldn’t have rekindled this love if I hadn’t been photographing baseball games for MLB. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and I’m loving ever second of it.

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Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. #13
Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. #13
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso #20 - NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso #20 – NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) tags Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) tags Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19)
Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies #1 bats
Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies #1 bats
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper #3 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper #3 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado #13 - San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado #13 – San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins right fielder Harold Ramirez #47 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins right fielder Harold Ramirez #47 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres Josh Naylor #22 slides across home - San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres Josh Naylor #22 slides across home – San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins left fielder Garrett Cooper #26 - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins left fielder Garrett Cooper #26 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom #48 - NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom #48 – NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson #15 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson #15 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 celebrates hitting a game tying homerun
Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 celebrates hitting a game tying homerun
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto #50 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto #50 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 - San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 – San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario #1 - NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario #1 – NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
NY Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell #55 - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell #55 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park

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