Riverside Minor League Baseball

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

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On assignment for The Riverside Press-Enterprise I was fortunate enough to visit three different Minor-League ballparks all with their own unique vibe. The first game I shot was in San Bernardino between the Inland Empire 66’ers and the Lake Elsinore Storm. Out of the three stadiums I visited this one was the oldest but still in very good condition. Since it was my first day on assignment it was really cool being able to have access to all different parts of the ballpark not available to a regular audience. The second game I shot was In Lake Elsinore between the Storm and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. I had a ton of fun at this game because it was super splash day at the park where temperatures reached 100 degrees. From dodging water balloons and buckets of water to Storm employees with hoses, I was able to keep my gear soak-free and managed to get a nice shot of the walk-off home run hit by Jason Hagerty that ran in the next day’s paper. The final game I shot was in Ranch Cucamonga between the Quakes and the Lake Elsinore Storm. Even though most of these Minor-League players aren’t getting anywhere close to the salary of those at the Major League level, these guys still seam to have the time of their lives. If you ever get a chance to see a minor league game you might be lucky enough to witness a mascot harass the umpire like he deserves, or an entire team mob an opposing mascot with pool toys for entering their dugout. The level of professionalism is still there however it comes with a sense of happiness and eagerness to take the field unlike that of a Major Leaguer. I guess when your playing professional baseball for a living life isn’t to bad, and when you get to shoot it for yours I guess that’s not too bad either.


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