Opening day ceremonies for baseball! That’s an exciting time in my household. Our favorite Texas Ranger in this house is my son, Zach, who plays for the Texas Rangers 11U baseball organization in Allen. Off-season is always long for us, because during baseball season, we all live for the games on Saturdays (and sometimes Sundays) in our house.
Sitting on the bleachers watching #7 do his thing is just how we like to spend our weekends! Of course, I don’t spend much time in the stands, because I’m usually running around to different spots taking photographs of #7 and his teammates! It’s my favorite thing to do.
Sometimes taking pictures is challenging because of those darn fences and the harsh sun, but it is so much fun to watch him play while trying to capture the perfect shot. Recently, we were invited to participate in Opening Day Ceremonies at Allen Station Baseball Complex. We had never done this before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was excited though.
We arrived at the park early at the request of the coach, and it was a good thing we did. Parking was crazy, and I was happy to be there a bit early so I could try to figure out what kind of pictures I’d be able to take during the ceremony.
The ceremony was so nice… They marched all the teams onto the field, raised the flags, had a moment of silence and prayer, and had some local choir members sing the national anthem. Seeing all those boys in their uniforms with their caps off and their heads bowed was quite a site!
I loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, since I was not allowed on the field, I had to shoot through the fence. And of course, I had the wrong lens for the job, but I was able to get some special pictures of the team together at the event cheering on their buddies in the Homerun Derby and just hanging out together in between events.
The event was lots of fun! Next year, I will be better prepared, and I will see what I can do to get a “press pass,” so I can be out on the field with the team!