A's Walk-Off Win After 14 innings, 5 hours and 48 minutes
Well I thought I was shooting a day game today as the A's faced the White Sox at 12:35pm
After about two hours in and still only in the 2nd, I knew it was going to be a long game.
A run a piece in the 1st inning, five runs by the White Sox in the 2nd followed by three by the A's
Another three runs by the White Sox in the 4th inning followed by four by the A's. By this point, I had already sent 50 photos and got a note from my editor to slow down on the transmitting and they didn't want anything else of players rounding the bases.
Generally our shot list is something of each starting pitcher, any runs scores and the batter who got the hit to send em in. Then some detail plays.
When the game is 9 to 8 after the 4th, the set tends to get pretty heavy.
But I'm still tempted to send photos that I think are visually interesting, even if they aren't necessarily part of the storyline.
I more or less stopped sending, as the game went 11-11 and into extra innings.
For only the second time in a ball game, and the first time at the Coliseum (Giants there's a tunnel from the outside third photo well that you can access) I had to run up the stands to find a bathroom during the half inning break between the 13th and 14th innings. After two 20oz each thermos, I had to gooooooooo. Thankfully, unlike Tuesday's free game, there weren't many fans to contend with as I darted up the stairs.
I intentionally chose the half inning break between 13th and 14th innings figuring if I missed a White Sox run, I could still get celebration at the end of the bottom of the 14th if they won, but if I missed an A's run in the bottom of an inning, I would miss the walk-off win celebration.
Photo tip: Bring extra batteries. Also my love for grip batteries. Generally, I can make it through one game on one battery. But I ended up exhausting both batteries in the camera I had my 300mm lens on and needing to swap a battery from the grip of my wide. Thankfully the wide still had 100% in the body so I could quickly run and get the "pie" shot after the walk off win.
Photo tip #2: Be aware of your surroundings and courteous of your fellow shooters (still and video)! The "pie" shot is a photo we know is coming after any walk-off win. We generally walk over to where the interview is and carefully duck below the TV camera that does the live interview. Another photographer who I won't name, obliviously walked over and stood in front of the TV camera while the cameraman was hollering "hey, get down!" and also blocked another photographer (thankfully not me) on the shot. The TV cameraman called the photographer selfish and they responded calling them a prick. TV cameramen are notorious for getting in our way, and it's frustrating, but when it's their shot for a TV interview, they definitely have the "right-of-way". Sometimes in the hype of jubee we forget our surroundings and don't look over our shoulder to see who we might be blocking, it happens. But if you get called out for blocking someone's shot, accident or otherwise, you should apologize and try to be more aware. We don't work for the same company, but we have to work in each other's company. There's no space to make enemies.
Also, question: Can anyone tell me why Mark Canha has been wearing this, it was not cold. Also Piscotty wore it in the outfield but not when he was batting. Hmmm?
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