As a White Sox fan, I love Opening Day.
As a photographer, I have mixed feelings.
Don’t get me wrong, I always want to shoot Opening Day but it is very easy to get distracted by the hoopla and pregame festivities.
It took me until the 5th inning today at US Cellular Field to get in sync.
It was in that 5th inning of the Chicago White Sox 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians that the defensive play of the game and possibly the entire season happened.
For the entire 4th inning and the first batter of the 5th inning I focused on Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle hoping that a ball would be hit back to him.
Just to let you know, phenomenal things happen to Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle has thrown both a perfect game and a no-hitter. During the 2005 World Series, he both won a game and saved a game. All this while being the most down to earth athlete you will ever meet.
Anyway, back to today.
So, after focusing on Buehrle for four batters, I, for some reason with one out in the 5th inning, switched my focus to Indians’ catcher Lou Marson.
Of course, Marson hit a grounder back up the middle off of Buehrle’s foot.
I thought #$&%@!!!!!
I found Buehrle and shot him as he unbelievably flipped the ball backwards through his legs to first base to get Marson by a half step.
The still photo doesn’t do the play justice but I am very glad to have it.
For more White Sox images by myself and Phil Velasquez go HERE.
©2010 Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune