The MLB season opened last week, so I thought I’d share some pictures I took at the last professional game I attended. Baseball was the first sport I fell in love with as a child, and is still dear to me today even if other sports (soccer) have since passed it as my favourite. Some people call it boring and at times it is hard to argue against them; however, growing up with the sport gives you an appreciation of all parts of the game, including the slower ones.
While on a family trip to Traverse City, Michigan last summer to visit my aunt and uncle we took some time attend a local game. The Midwest is known to love baseball, and this small town is no different. The Traverse City Beach Bums of the unaffiliated Frontier League get their name from the nearby Lake Michigan sand dunes and play in Wuerfel Park, a small stadium reminiscent of a horse racing venue crossed with beachfront condos.
The game was a lot of fun, helped by the fact our adopted home team crushed the visiting Lake Erie Crushers by a score of 8-0 on a beautiful summer day. The nice thing about minor league games is the stadiums and attendance are smaller so you can easily get right next to the action. It would be nearly impossible for me to get these kinds of shots at a major league game.
Taking pictures of action can be very difficult and it took a great number of attempts to get the timing right in these few. It helps a great deal being in the first row. I look forward working on my action photography skills again at local baseball and soccer games this coming summer, especially at the minor and amateur levels.
Photos taken 30 June, 2013 with a Nikon D7100