Yankees base runner Nick Swisher is safe at home plate as Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz applies a late tag in Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

2009 World Series Game 3

Posted on November 1, 2009

Yankees base runner Nick Swisher is safe at home plate as Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz applies a late tag in Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

 

Does it have to rain during every World Series game I shoot on the field? I am trying to make a little joke as I write this entry at 3:06 am after Game 3 in Philly (but it is really 4:06, except for the fact that I have already set my clock back to end Daylight Savings Time!). It is always so much easier to work when I don’t have to worry about rain. I am the lamest and most ill-prepared rain guy, but today I was ready for the rain that was forecast in the Philly area. After tonight’s game the weather was supposed to be great the rest of the week- we just needed to get through tonight’s game.

Philadephia Phillies pitcher Scott Eyre shoots video of me taking his picture in the Phillies clubhouse prior to Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Flip video camera was a gift from the MLB Network. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Scott Eyre shoots video of me taking his picture in the Phillies clubhouse prior to Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Flip video camera was a gift from the MLB Network. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

After our crew from MLB Photos arrived at the ballpark under dark skies I was assigned to photograph representatives from the MLB Network handing out these super cool Flip video cameras to all of the Phillies. It is always very awkward entering a big league clubhouse with a camera. They don’t want me in there any more than I want to be in there, but thankfully there were a few cool guys like lefty reliever Scott Eyre who loved their free gift and didn’t mid being photographed with it.

World Series Fans pose for a picture outside of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia before Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

World Series Fans pose for a picture outside of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia before Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Around two hours before the scheduled first pitch I went outside to shoot some fans having a good time listening to a live band in front of the ballpark. The rain had stopped for a little while and the humidity was crazy! I had a good excuse to be sweating so much!

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees homers to right field during Game 3 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees homers to right field during Game 3 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

The game started out well for the Phillies, after a rain delay of over an hour delayed the start til 9:15pm. Struggling Phillies starter Cole Hamels started out great and was handed an early 3-0 lead, but he crumbled in the middle innings and left the game to thunderous boos from the fans who once booed Santa Claus.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada makes a nice play on a bunt during World Series Game 3 against the Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada makes a nice play on a bunt during World Series Game 3 against the Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

The Phillies couldn’t muster mjuch offense after tagging Yankees starter Andy Pettitte for three early runs. The great Yankee veteran settled down and turned in a really gutty performance and deserves much of the credit for the Yankees eventual 8-5 win. Pettitte is one of my favorite pitchers to shoot, especially from first base. He is a classic lefty with a beautiful delivery and takes such a long stride. This makes for a wonderful frame when you catch his stride just right horizontally in your viewfinder (see below).

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte turned in a gutty performance against the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte turned in a gutty performance against the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

One of the highlights of this game for me was to see former Oakland Athletic Nick Swisher finally break out of his post season slump and put together a real nice game at the plate getting a double and a homer, and giving us all a pretty decent sequence of pictures when he slid home safely in a wacky play at the plate. Swisher has always been one of my favorite players to shoot, and he is really a good guy. This is why it was so fun to see him have a big night on the biggest stage of them all.

I was able to photograph this game from the same wonderful outside first base photo position thaqat I shot from during last year’s World Series in Philly. This is a great park to shoot in with very clean light and nice backgrounds. They did a nice job when they built this place! Tomorrow’s forecast calls for no rain so that means I will not get wet- which is a good thing!

Nick Swisher of the Yankees homers during Game 3 of the World Series against the Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Nick Swisher of the Yankees homers during Game 3 of the World Series against the Phillies. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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