I have to admit to a little uneasiness in the pit of my stomach when I heard the news that Blaine Boyer had been traded to the Cardinals.
It may be that he needs a change of scenery, but I’m sad to see him leave the Braves. I’ve photographed him many times over the years, and always liked the way he pitched. In fact, there’s a 4-foot-high poster of Blaine in the Mississippi press box, based on a photo of mine (similar to the one above).
19 April 2005: RHP Blaine Boyer of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, taken at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
I also photographed Barton when he was on the Kinston Indians, below, same year.
1 July 2005: Brian Barton of the Kinston Indians, Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, taken at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va., in a game against the Potomac Nationals. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Let’s hope Blaine succeeds in a new environment.