Results tagged ‘ Frederick Keys ’

Pitcher Tyler Wilson of the Frederick Keys

The sweat flies off Pitcher Tyler Wilson (26) of the Frederick Keys in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

A different angle for a play at the plate

Catcher Tomas Telis (17) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans tags out Michael Flacco (27) of the Frederick Keys in a game on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Flacco was attempting to score from second base on a fielding error in the top of the 7th inning. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I always look forward to trying something a little bit different. Saturday night I had one of those chances.

I was able to free up the time drive over to Myrtle Beach and shoot the Pelicans-Frederick Keys game. The Pelicans’ stadium, now called the TicketReturn.Com Field, is normally a tough place to shoot. The light streaks in from the first-base side, casting long shadows. Hat shadows are awful.

At the start of the game the batters are half in shadows and have in direct sunlight.

(At least I don’t have to play left field. Those poor guys have to stare directly into the sun until it drops down below the stadium walls.)

And then when the sun goes down the field lights don’t provide the best possible illumination.

But enough negatives. The best part of the stadium is that the netting does not extend over the dugouts, making it possible to sit in the upper stands and get a great, unobstructed view of the action on the infield.

So Saturday night I climbed up to a metal bench seat in section 200-something and caught this image at home plate.

Digging deep to find Jayson Werth’s negatives

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Jayson Werth has been a key player for the Phillies during this year’s playoff run, so I thought it would be fun to look back at the photos I took of him when he was playing Class A ball. 
I just didn’t realize the search would be so time consuming.

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I found nothing in my backup archives, and nothing on the old backup DVDs. Of course, it was shot on film back in 1999, but I had expected to find at least a couple of scans in my digital files. No such luck. 
I keep backup copies of all the rosters and lineup cards for every game I shoot, so I easily found the April 1999 Frederick Keys roster, when Werth was a catcher. But the negatives were filed in another location because they had become so bulky.
The negatives were filed in plastic sleeves with the player’s number written with a china marker. There was Werth, No. 37, on a couple of strips. I finally remembered how to use the film scanner, and here are the results. 

Former Clemson pitcher Berken making MLB debut

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Former Clemson pitcher Jason Berken will make his Major League debut for the Baltimore Orioles tonight in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Berken, a sixth-round pick from the Tigers, will be subbing in the rotation for recently released veteran Adam Eaton. 
Berken started the year at Class AA Bowie and after two starts was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, where he was 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA.
I took this photo of Berken when he was in Class A Frederick a couple of years ago. News of Berken’s callup caught me by surprise, and all my Clemson photos of him must be locked away in my home archive. I can’t put my finger on any of them right now.
25 June 2007: Former Clemson pitcher Jason Berken of the Frederick Keys, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, vs. the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va.