Big Ben: Suspended

Before Roger Goodell announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, would be suspended for a conditional 6 games this football season, I covered his first practice back with the team at the Steelers South Side facility in Pittsburgh. Here are a few frames from Monday – enjoy!

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Opening Day: Cleveland Indians

Yesterday I had my first experience in covering an Opening Day baseball game – and stadium I had never been to. Traffic was horrible and parking was even worse in Cleveland. After eventually getting there – still on a broken toe – it was quite easy getting around the stadium and they were quite accomodating to roving photographers. All in all, I had a great time shooting alongside Greg Shamus who was very insightful and full of good advice. And this time I remembered my sunscreen.

I’m so glad baseball season has started back up.

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Strasburg Makes Minor League Debut

Today I got up at 8am to participate in the media fiasco that was Stephen Strasburg’s minor league debut with the Harrisburg Senators when they played the Altoona Curve in Altoona, Pennsylvania. A stadium that holds just over 7,000 people was sold out and there were more media members than players. BUT, it was a lot of fun! I covered it for Getty Images and had a great time meeting some new people including Chris Knight of the Patriot News and Keith Law of ESPN Insider – nice, knowledgeable guys. It was also a pleasant surprise seeeing Barry Reeger of the Greensburg Tribube-Review – who I also freelance for – as well.

I’m still suffering from a broken toe and was very worried about how I was going to get (limp) around the stadium and how parking was going to be. Luckily, I parked directly next to the media entrance and was able to take an elevator to every level quite easily. The wireless was fast, the food was good, and I felt pretty good with the images I came away with. Besides the fact that I forgot my sunscreen, it was a pretty good afternoon of baseball. Strasburg went 5IP with 1ER, 8K’s, and 2BB. He also doubled and had an RBI to help his team beat the Altoona Curve 6-4.

Here are some of my favorite images of Strasburg from today’s game. Tell me what you think. I’ll be posting more often on here this spring/summer! Enjoy!