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Phillies in July!

The Phillies are doing pretty darn good again this year!  That is all I will say to prevent from jinxing their future.

I went to my first game of the season on Monday night.  They were playing the Chicago Cubs.  I was with a group of people and while we did have nosebleed seats, they weren’t as bad as I thought they would be considering we were 3 rows from the very top.  I still had fun, though the energy of the crowd wasn’t as exciting as it was when I had a closer seat in the past.  But then again, that was last year when the Phillies were close to going to the playoffs.  However, I got to see 3 home runs on Monday and that was awesome!  AND the Phillies won 10-1 so it was a pretty darn good game.  Jack Nicholson was there….wearing a Yankees hat.




Harry Kalas


I’ve been a bit behind on posting photos.  I’ve also been a bit behind on taking photos as I’ve kind of been stuck in a rut for a while.  Hopefully some new images will make an appearance soon.  Until then….2009 was a great year to become a baseball fan here in Philadelphia.  I went to my first Phillies game in September 2008.  The Phillies won the World Series in October.  I had the opportunity of walking in the celebration parade and photographing the event.  (see the photos here and here).  On April 13, 2009, Philadelphia lost their amazing play-by-play announcer, Harry Kalas.  Even though I hadn’t been a fan that long, I was a fan long enough to know that this man’s voice was the enthusiasm behind the excitement of Phillies fans.  Watching Phillies games on tv ever since his death have never been the same.A public memorial service was held at Citizen’s Bank Park on April 18 to commemorate HK.  In the morning, they had allowed the public to view and walk past the casket.  In the afternoon, a memorial service.  I had prior plans that day, which happened to land me at FDR park…only a few blocks away from the park.  I literally forgot about the memorial service until I arrived in the area.  After my morning engagement, I decided to check out the happenings for the heck of it.  Because I forgot about it, I didn’t have my long lens so I was kicking myself for that, but it was the event that really mattered.  I was also kicking myself for wearing a little league t-shirt that was blue with “Royals” written right across the front.  Not to mention that I was sitting right along the home base line with a whole section to myself, exception of a few other wandering photographers, only about 30 feet from the players.  I felt like Shane Victorino kept looking at me and probably thinking “who is this jerk who shows up at HK’s memorial with a Royals shirt on?!” Or maybe Chase Utley was looking at me thinking “Who’s that cute little redhead photographer?” and see these photos and drop me an email with the likings of “what’s up, pantz?!”.  And we’ll meet and he’ll give me his little baseball hat tip like he does everytime he’s up to bat!  Yes, of course that will happen.After the ceremony was over, I left with embarassment and a huge farmer’s sunburn on my arms, which turned into a tan that is still apparent on my arms today.  ugh.Anyway, the memorial was pretty grand. I was getting misty towards the end.  I felt happy to be there to witness and share this event with thousands of other Phillies fans.  Rest in Peace, HK.  You will always be remembered in this City of Brotherly Love.




Steve Cunningham vs. Tomasz Adamek

On December 11, I photographed the IBF Cruiserweight Boxing Championship at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  The fight was between Steve “USS” Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek.  Steve Cunningham is from Philadelphia and you may have seen some of the photos that I had taken of him after he won the belt for the same Championship last year.

It was a night of firsts.  As a photographer for Team Cunningham, I was shooting ringside (in the corner of the opponent, Adamek).  I had never photographed a fight…let alone any sports for that matter.  All I’ve gotta say is that the men pretty much have the sports photography covered; I was the only female photographer out of about 15 others.  It was also my first time at a fight.  I felt like such a guy!  As the guys are flying into the ropes and there’s blood and sweat flying everywhere, I’m squealing with excitement to myself, “this is so frickin awesome!!”.  Yes, I did end up with blood and sweat on my lens….and surely on myself after seeing the photos of fluids flying through the air over my head.  But it was awesome and I would totally do it again.

Unfortunately, Steve Cunningham lost to Adamek, but it was a good fight.  It was aired on national TV on Versus.  Hopefully some of you watched!  Apparently I was on there, but my face was glued to the camera the entire time so you didn’t see much of me.  There’s a crappy quality YouTube video of part of the fight.

Steve is signed by Don King Productions and yes, Don King was there.  I got to meet him and even shook his hand as you might have read in a previous post.

Anyway, on to the photos!  I have to admit that I’m pretty pleased with what I captured and that rarely happens.