I was lucky enough to not only go to the first game of the series against the Dodgers, but I also got to sit very close on the first baseline. (Thank you, Grace!!)
I learned about the awesome website Borrow Lenses and rented a 18-300 mm lens just for this game.
Sadly I did not give myself enough time to get used to the lens so this happened.
I really wish this picture was in focus!!
Aside from that, it was interesting to see how Starlin Castro and Junior Lake hung out with each other during warm ups before the game.
You never see this on TV and sometimes you forget how much preparation goes into playing a baseball game.
Of course since there are big names on the Dodgers, I had to capture of few of them.
Starlin chatting with Jerry Layne before the start of the game. I can imagine Pat Hughes making a joke about Starlin dropping a twenty to get some calls in his favor.
Dioner Navarro giving Lake a congratulatory slap on the butt after his homer in the first inning. This was also right before Anthony Rizzo hit a solo shot of his own.
Everyone has been gushing about Yasiel Puig for the past month and a half, well here he is on first standing next to Rizzo just to give you an idea of his size.
Stan on Twitter brought up last night how Welington Castillo makes fantastic faces, I’d have to say Starlin does also.
Another observation, Travis Wood seems to have taken Matt Garza’s spot pitched right by the dugout stairs.
Rizzo jumping out of the way of an inside pitch. I could not help myself and had to make a collage of it.
An exciting bunt, 5-2 was the scoring.
In case you need another reason to love Rizzo, here he is giving the bat boy a hug after he hit is second homer of the night. You cannot see the bat boy’s whole face, but just look at his eyes and you know he is grinning.
I mentioned Castillo makes some amusing faces earlier, here is one from when he was in the on deck circle in the bottom of the ninth.
I honestly felt like this post was getting too long, but I have many more photos to share. I will be making another post about this game.