As the Orioles’ 2015 season comes to a close and a play-off appearance seemingly remote, I started to look for something different during the games. I was looking for interesting pictures that show the traditions of the game, like players chewing bubble gum, fans seeking autographs or a batter get thrown at after a home run. I also photographed tight close-ups of mitts used by last season’s Rawlings Gold Glove award winners that have gold labels, and how the home team grounds crews always smooth the infield on the top of the inning when the Orioles are on the field. There are images that show that fraction of a second that is invisible in real time, like a bat breaking on impact with a pitch, a runner avoiding a tag or beating a throw to reach base.
After the Orioles used all eight available relievers, designated hitter Chris Davis went to the mound and threw a scoreless 16th and 17th inning, helping the O’s to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. Center fielder Adam Jones, moments after playing a part in a game-saving defensive play in the 16th, hit a three-run homer off Darnell McDonald – the Red Sox’s DH – over the Green Monster in left field for his team-high eighth homer of the season. The O’s swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park for the first time since 1994.