August 2010

On the road in the Appalachian League

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Infielder Brian Burke (9) of the Elizabethton Twins hits off a tee in the batting cage prior to a game against the Danville Braves on July 16, 2010, at Joe O’Brien Field in Elizabethton, Tenn. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
I’m back home now after shooting my first four-day, four-town, four-game series in the rookie Appalachian League, and despite the daily non-stop thunderstorm warnings, I never got wet.
(At least, not until day five, when I tried to push my luck and extend the streak one day to shoot a Carolina League game in a fifth town, but that’s another story.)
Oddly enough, my favorite photo from the trip was the one above, which I shot in the first 10 minutes of day one. 
I arrived pretty early in Elizabethton, Tenn., even before batting practice, and I saw some interesting activity in the batting cage. Most batting cages are in dark, dungeon-like rooms deep inside the stadium, normally with very little light, so they don’t photograph well. 
Not so this cage, which was completely open on one side down the right field line.
I clicked off a few shots and liked this one the best.
(I’ll have more photos from the trip coming up soon.)