Monday, April 06, 2009


Hard to believe this isn't something I mention more often but I'm a baseball nut.... I gotta tell ya, the combination of being a photography addict and a baseball fan makes for a LOOOOOOT of baseball pictures sitting on my harddrive.

In honor of the MLB Season Opener (WIN TWINS!), I have decided to post some of my favorite pictures from games over the last few years. First note: I had to sort through literally THOUSANDS of pictures (and took the time to delete similar shots and organize them) to figure out what to post. Second note: amongst it's many other failings, the HHH Metrodome is actually a VERY difficult place to get good action shots due to the lighting. I have spent a lot of time playing with different settings on various days to get them as good as I can. That is something I will continue to learn about but I bet it's a ton easier to get spectacular shots when we are outdoors in Target Field!

To start things off, here are a couple of my favorite "action shots":
1) Brendan Harris, MI, getting hit by a pitch.

2) Alexi Casilla, 2B, doing what he does best - seemingly running without ever touching the ground.

3) Nick Blackburn, P, warming up in the bullpen - can't wait to see him start tomorrow's game!

Here's a slideshow of a collection of more of my favorite pictures in general:

4) Jason Kubel, DH, in a moment of bat meeting ball action.

here's another slideshow of my best "ball at the plate" moments, including contact, strikes, and fouls:

I would also like to take a moment to thank a couple friends for providing me with a few shots that I love and would like to share with you.

This is my first baseball love, Doug Mientkiewicz. Picture by Kristie Strum

This is one of my current loves - yes, there is more than one - Joe Nathan. Picture by Corey Sauer

Well - it took me too long to raid friends pictures for a Spring Training picture of Crede in a Twins uniform because I just didn't have it in me to post one of him batting in a Chicago jersey. (and I couldn't find my Liriano pictures *sob) That being said, the lineup I was predicting is VERY near what has been posted at the Strib except that I had the order a tiny bit differently - not that you would know but you might have to trust me on this one. Anyway, here is the 2009 Twins Starting Lineup in photos!



JimCrikket said...

Nice work, Babs.

Even indoors, it's much easier to capture the ball when it stops moving. It was nice of Harris to help you out with that first picture and stop the ball with his shoulder so you could get a nice picture of it, wasn't it?

Mike Haubrich, FCD said...

And a Happy Birthday to Bert from me, too (a fellow Dutchman.)

Great pics!