The 2008 Southern League champs, the Mississippi Braves
I was just able to squeeze in the ring ceremony for the Mississippi Braves, the 2008 Southern League champs, before I had to get in the rental car and head to the airport.
I wanted to be there, so I arranged the flights so I could take these photos. I’ve photographed these guys many times before, and this was my second Spring Training ring ceremony.
In the first one, several springs ago, I photographed Jeff Francoeur as he received his Rome championship ring. This time, I got Kris Medlen, below.
Kris Medlen shows off his ring
General manager Steve DeSalvo sorts the rings
Can you tell that Casey Kotchman was unhappy with himself? I can’t recall if it was a ground out or a fly out, but I was glad my shot was in focus . . .
This was during last week’s Mets game, and I was shooting from the TV box along first base, just past the dugout. It wasn’t a TV game, so the box was empty, and someone had conveniently left a chair there. My Rule 6 of Baseball Photography: Sit down when you can.
You can never have too many photos of Jeff Francoeur. I took these before and during the Astros game.
Every Major League team acknowledges St. Patrick’s Day each year, usually by wearing green caps. The Braves do it every year. Jason Heyward, above, adjusts his cap before today’s game against the Mets.
The Mets wore green caps, too, but with blue and orange accents. Oh, my gosh they were ugly. Too ugly to show here. Trust me.
No photographer really likes the green caps, because they turn the photos into oddities.
Below, Jeff Francoeur models the latest green fashion . . .