April 2010

Greenville Drive’s Dan Butler is Player of the Week

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Catcher Dan Butler (12) of the Greenville Drive, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in a game against the Rome Braves April 13, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Butler was named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week for April 19-25, 2010. Butler’s batting average ranked second in the 14-team league, while his slugging percentage (.950) and OPS (1.426) were both tops in the league. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com

The Greenville Drive’s Dan Butler was named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week for April 19-25, 2010. 
Here’s what MiLB.com had to say:
South Atlantic League
Daniel Butler, Greenville 
.450/.476/.950, 9-for-20, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 SB
Red Sox prospect Daniel Butler struggled in his first eight games in full-season ball, but a five-game hitting streak shows he’s catching on. His double on Monday was his first extra-base hit of the campaign, and it may have been just the confidence booster he needed. The 23-year-old backstop hit two homers on Wednesday, and in his next game he doubled twice more. He closed out the week with yet another double in a two-RBI game in which he went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Just some features from first week of play

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RHP Julio Teheran (27) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, is silhouetted against the darkening sky in a game against the Greenville Drive April 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Teheran is the No. 51 top prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, and Atlanta’s No. 3 prospect. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com

One week into the Minor League Baseball season and already I have a collection of feature photos that will never see the light of day — except here.

No matter. I just enjoy shooting them. I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Opening week of the season brings two extremes

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Media director Eric Jarinko of the Greenville Drive, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, sets up for a team photo on Media Day, April 7, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy
So far I’ve had two days of Minor League Baseball this season and they could not have been more different.
Wednesday: It was a beautiful day (if you don’t count the pollen). It was baseball again, finally, even if it was just a day for media and season ticket holders. And . . . well, isn’t a beautiful day and baseball enough?
I shot my favorite photo of the day (above) five minutes into a four-hour shoot at Media Day for the Greenville Drive. 
Thursday: The skies opened up and drenched everything in sight, and the only people happy about that were the allergy sufferers who watched the yellow plague wash away down into the gutters.
Am I complaining, though? Nah. Things turned out. I got what I needed. I was rusty but back in the groove.