Last week was Stand Together Week for the Timbers and Thorns. The players get together with fans and get involved in the community. They help planted gardens at schools and teach soccer clinics and denial wood among many other things. It was really fun to see the fans reactions to hanging out with the players. They loved not only the hard work that they performed but also getting to know them on a more personal level. Bellow is a snapshot of all the awesome projects that I was able to document. The Timbers and Thorns were involved in many more wonderful events over the week that had a lasting impact on their fans and Portland.
In honor of the Blazers in the playoffs (even though they didn’t win tonight) I wanted to celebrate. Here are some pictures from a few games I shot when I was home in Portland during the holidays. Everyone loves the Blazers in the Rose City. The resurgence these past couple years has instilled even more pride in the fans. I’m hoping the Blazers can bring it home with a game six win at home Friday.
A couple weekends ago I got to shoot at O. co Coliseum for the first time. I was covering the Mariners for The Portland Tribune. It was an unbelievably sunny day, I got pretty sunburned not expecting it to be so nice out. It was a real joy shooting at the A’s home because the stadium offered so many unique perspectives and the way the dugouts are designed they are very inviting to photographers pregame. Here is a collection of some photos from the game that the A’s won 6 to 3.
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I have had the opportunity to shoot a lot of great baseball recently. Over the past week I have shot three San Francisco Giants games at AT&T Park for Puro Beisbol. I covered the last game in the series vs the Rockies. Brandon Crawford hit a walk off home run in the 10th inning. The game ended up 5 to 4 in the Giants favor. It was my first game of the season and it was a perfect Sunday at the ballpark. The sun was shining and the seagulls stayed away until after the game ended. The smell of garlic and barbecue sunflower seeds were a warm welcome back.
Tuesday was Jackie Robinson day. Meaning all the players on the Giants and Dodgers wore the number 42. What also made the day special was that the game lasted a total of 12 inning, 4 hours and 55 minutes. The rivalry between the two teams was apparent throughout the city with banners of “Beat LA” hung on restaurant doors and in apartment windows. Fans were riled up as they booed Dodgers at every chance. The players battled well past midnight but again the Giants came away victorious beating the Dodgers 3 to 2. This time Hector Sanchez recorded the game winning single. The game definitely marked the latest I had stayed at a stadium. The next day I also shot the Giants beating the Dodgers 2 to 1, the game only lasted 8 ½ innings, short in comparison to the night before. Overall I had a blast shooting my first games at AT&T Park and can’t wait to be back in the future covering the Giants and their foes.
Photos © Meg Williams