Results tagged ‘ Kinston Indians ’

Former USC players working in Carolina League

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       July 17, 2009: LHP Tom Milone (26) of the Potomac Nationals, Carolina 
       League affiliate of the Washington Nationals, in a game against the 
       Kinston Indians at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Photo 
       by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images/MiLB.com
On my big summer road trip I not only saw former Clemson pitcher Trey Delk, I ran into a couple of former University of South Carolina players, too.
I was fortunate enough to run into pitcher Tom Milone and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. Both were playing in Woodbridge, Va.
(As of this writing, Chisenhall has been promoted to Double A.)
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       July 17, 2009: Infielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) of the Kinston Indians, 
       Carolina League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, in a game against the 
       Potomac Nationals at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. 
       Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images/MiLB.com

Mother Nature has not always cooperated

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       July 17, 2009: A member of the Potomac Nationals grounds crew helps 
       pull the tarp during a rain delay prior to a game against the Kinston Indians
       at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Photo by:  Tom 
       Priddy/Four Seam Images
Mother Nature does not appear to be a big fan of Minor League Baseball in 2009.
This scene is a familiar one, as rain has been a factor in quite a few games I’ve photographed this season. Fortunately, in this case it was just a 30-minute delay, and the game went on without incident after that. However, I did keep the AquaTech rain gear on the camera just in case . . . I’m sure getting my money’s worth out of that camera raincoat this year . . .

A trip back down memory lane at ‘the Fitz’

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       July 17, 2009: Infielder Adam Davis (11) of the Kinston Indians, Carolina 
       League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, in a game against the Potomac 
       Nationals at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Photo by: 
       Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
I had a chance to go back to my former “home park” in Northern Virginia late last week to shoot a couple of games.
G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va., is a good place for photography, if for no other reason than it has a solid blue wall all around the main stands, eliminating any distracting backgrounds for batting photos. 
I also like to have a lot of metal in front of me when I’m shooting game action, and I have a couple of favorite places to stand where I feel safe from foul balls. It was the closest Minor League park to my home for about eight years of shooting.
And although it holds a lot of good memories for me, I have to say those are just about the only things I like about the stadium. 
I can look at the field and remember exactly where I was when I shot my favorite photo of Albert Pujols in workout shorts when he was an unknown Class A third baseman. I remember the smile on Rick Ankiel’s face as he sat in the dugout before delivering his first pitch in Class A. I’ve photographed Coco Crisp and Brian McCann and Adam Kennedy and Zach Duke and Edwin Encarnacion and lots of others there. I’ve seen a winning playoff game and a stolen base record there. Lots of good memories.
But the stadium itself is, um . . . substandard. I don’t know where they stand on building a new park, but I know they were talking about it for years and years. 
I hope that one of these years when I make my annual trip back to “the Fitz” it will be to a new facility. I keep hoping for that.

Braves deal Blaine Boyer to Cardinals

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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.
       Brian Barton