This is the most righteous of places to begin! THE GREAT ONE
PAYING TRIBUTE, a Puerto Rican family shooting photos of Roberto.
REMEMBERING IRENE, we lost a beloved family member, and long long time season ticket holder who dates back to the days of Forbes Field.
THE RAVEN, legendary man and PNC ball hawk, world traveler, good hearted chap, prime time scrapper, man who created the term Gem of the Diamond, Jim Saylor enters. I called him the Raven to identify him before we met, and because of the way he swoops in for scrums. Jim is the leader in all time game home runs for Pittsburgh at 27 I believe so.
RIVERWALK. I never sit at games, you can find me behind the LF bleacher section or on the riverwalk looking for homers. Love the view of this from across the Allegheny too.
MVP A television shot of Andrew Mccutchen diving for a catch at Citi Field in front of the Pirates bullpen with the generous and slick bald headed Heberto Andrade in awe.
JOY Hanging with my lil man Dominik at the park.
LOVE Stumbled upon this in the city of brotherly love during a run.
JACKIE I was able to center up a shot of a bunch of teenagers all painted up with 42, Starling Marte centered in the background. Jackie Robinson carried the burden of breaking a strong barrier in a divided time, and showed out like he didn’t have a stress in the world.
100 Years A year after missing out on this commemorative I found this in the front row.
UNDERPASS Artwork put up en route to PNC under the train tracks.
SHOW OUT From the entrance to the CF seats I turned quick on a smashed homer that was due to sail over the CF seating section, with good timing I made a reaching grab when it sailed over. Favorite grab of the year.
SEARCHING FOR RAYS FANS Chris Archer spotted me in a crowd and delivered the ball well, he also found me again from his location in this pic in the CF portion of Progressive Field. I also managed a toss up from Joel Peralta and another unidentified Rays player. Erik was hooked up as well by Chris Archer.
ATLIEN Feeling good after catching two Justin Upton homers, a Heyward homer and a BJ Upton scrum. ATL put on a nice show for us.
CHATTING BASEBALL Dominik talking to Herbie about our T-Ball team.
PANTHER AND CATHEDRAL My friend Mike Clipp from Philly is a Pitt student, the morning I went to pick him up for our trip to Philadelphia I took the time to take some pictures around campus, a place of study and personal growth Ill miss being at. The Cathedral of Learning is I believe the second tallest educational building in the world, the nationality rooms will take you to the classrooms of countries all over the globe.
BLACK AND GOLD The west is the best, the west is the best. Western Pa that is. Proud to put on the Black and Gold at Citizens Bank Park, the belly of the beast.
LIBERTY, GREEN AND BLUE From high up behind home I loved how the Liberty Bell looks with all the vegetation out in CF also.
OPPORTUNITY LIES IN THE MOMENT Bob Feller tribute in Heritage Park. Stay in the moment, let your mind be still, and take steps to success physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
LIRIANO’S RETURN What a year, Francisco Liriano, what seemed another fruitless reclamation project turns to be a man with much electricity remaining.
TIGER STYLE Love the entrance at Comerica.
FOUL POLE TO FOUL POLE-DETROIT SKYLINE
GEM PNC ballhawks were treated at the end of the year with a load of different, cool commemoratives.
YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE It wasn’t hard for Jose Fernandez to find me in the Orange Miami hat, I also got to have a good interaction with him here getting his signature and some laughs in about a lady named Lauren, and not my wife.
SEARCHING Its always worth it to play the riverwalk if you know some action can or has already occured, Erik and myself yielded nice results from searching the weeds well several times this year.
3 BASEBALLS AND FLASHLIGHT On one day I found three balls in the razor grass and weeds, with a huge flashlight too.
RESULTS On the second trip to Philly I got the Rockies 20th commemorative and a caught homer off the bat off Todd Helton, hooked up with Wilton Lopez too.
SACRIFICE Earlier in the year, I was caught napping and not quick enough to the punch on a Starling Marte hr on the riverwalk. On the last homestand of the year when I had zero GOD’s on the board for the year I reacted fast, to the spot and got low for the scrum to be sure of the grab.
TONY SANCHEZ GEM OF THE DIAMOND Staying for full games throughout the year consistently is tough, got a lot of responsibilities so priorities prevail, but I always got my eye out for GOD’s, waiting to pounce.
WILD CLEVELAND I love Pittsburgh’s neighboring city, its always a wild time in Cleveland, and full of opportunity. I was glad to see a playoff atmosphere at Progressive Field.
HISTORY This year was full of history making for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I feel blessed to have been a part of it so closely.
400 For the second time I reached 400 baseballs in a year, courtesy of the man, Heberto.
AINT NO STOPPIN US NOW
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT
FEARLESS PURSUIT Courtesy of Torii Hunter, now go get it…