2014 Twins Season

My baseball season has come to a close as the Minnesota Twins finish up their regular season on the road. Some milestones I’ve accomplished this year were:

  • 40 regular season games. Almost 50% of the games this year…crazy.
  • My first editorial assignment for USA Today. Its normally game action but this was something a little different and out of my wheelhouse.
  • I covered my first concert. Its not really a baseball event but it was part of All Star Game weekend. It was pretty fun, I’d do more of that.
  • 3 assignments working for the Minnesota Twins.

Each season my pictures improve and I’m sure in a couple years I’ll look back and think “these suck too..I can’t believe I submitted them.”

Easily, the highlight of the year was working the All Star Game for the Twins organization. Even though I wasn’t on the field for game action during the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game, it was pretty amazing being at Target Field and getting an inside view of the Twins putting on a spectacular event. Who knows if I’ll ever have the chance to work or be at another one.

So here’s a video recap of my favorite images from Target Field. Not always the best images but my favorites. Enjoy!


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The Angels Come to Town

An ugly 4 games for the Twins as they got swept by the Angels dropping all 4 games. It included a 14-4 beat down and a game that last 4h 15 mins……and then it went into extra innings…good times. Some close games and I was really hoping for a walk off winner Friday, but no such luck. Here’s my favorite 21 images from the series. Enjoy!

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Baseball Week

So this past last week I’ve covered 3 Minnesota Twins games (Cleveland, Cleveland, and Chicago) and 13 teams in the Minnesota State Little League Championship. So it works out to approximately 2000 images imported and selected. I say imported because I take a lot more than that but I delete obvious ones I know I won’t use. Here’s a handful of my favorites including some of the youth pics. Enjoy!

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All Star Game 2014

It’s hard to describe my experience for the All Star Game weekend…fun, chaotic, some regrets, awesome, and potentially once in a lifetime. I had the privilege of working as a photographer for the Minnesota Twins the entire weekend so I had some amazing access to events and special privileges that I don’t normally experience. Although temporary, it was great being a Twins staffer for a weekend.

There were four photographers on the Twins team, Brace Hemmelgarn and Bruce Kluckhohn were covering all the game action, while myself and Wayne Kryduba would try and capture behind the scenes and ASG atmosphere. This is something completely new to me as I’m usually limited to a few spots on the field and its 98% game action. For this assignment I was free to roam wherever and try to get creative and new, so I was slightly nervous.  So my blog post has no action shots…none! Since I’m usually on assignment to cover game action and you never want to miss any, it was very foreign to me walking around the concourse and the stadium looking for new things to photograph. Fact: before this, I had never been on the north side of the stadium or even seen Target Field Station.

I was assigned to cover the TCF Bank concert with Atmosphere and Imagine Dragons (first ever concert), two days of Fanfest and the insanity of following around Joe Mauer, the red carpet parade, and pre-game activities for both the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game. In the end, they were long days with sore feet.

My regrets… few and totally minor.

  1. I totally missed the rainbow shot over Target Field during the Home Run Derby. I was walking the concourse when I heard the PA announcer mention it but I wasn’t in a position to take a good picture. Next time I’m at Target Field, during the All Star Game, field painted with ASG logos, and there’s a double rainbow in the skyline, I’ll be sure to capture it…so I’m guessing once in a lifetime shot. F!
  2. Next minor regret, I wish I had taken the flyover shot from behind home plate. Since there were four of us shooting for the Twins and there were multiple remotes, we all got assigned a spot on the field so we had it covered from multiple angles. I was on the first base line facing the scoreboard. Is it a bad shot? Nope, I like it and it turned out great. Just for my personal collection I would have liked to take the shot behind home plate but Brace had a remote there so it made it pointless for the Twins to have multiple images of the same thing. FYI…it looks really good too. Team player and the Twins got some great shots.
  3. I wish I was down on the field a little more to meet some of the other photographers. It could have been some great networking and I could have met some people face to face I follow on Twitter and Instagram.
  4. Lastly…I lost my UND sunglasses. So some lucky fan scored a very used pair of sunglasses…lucky Sioux fan!

Positives….so many. The biggest was I got to work alongside some of the Twins staff including Dustin Morse,  Andrew Heydt, and Mike Kennedy. The amount of organization it took to pull off this event was unbelievable and I think they did an amazing job.  I’m glad I was a part of it. The way they utilized the space at the facility was insane and the accommodations they had to make, I’m sure at the time seemed completely unreasonable, but they made it all work.

Enjoy the pics!

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Bakers Dozen

The Twins pull off the 4 game sweep of their division rival Chicago White Sox and move within 4 games of Detroit in the AL Central (who woulda thunk it?!)  I covered 2 of the 4 games and I probably could have cut it down to 12 images but I had a picture of Joe Mauer smiling. Smiling! From the dugout…without a helmet! …had to be included. A happy Joe Mauer pleases Twins fans. Enjoy!

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