Jays and A’s: Fun baseball in Oakland

Posted on August 6, 2012

Moises Sierra #15, Henderson Alvarez #37, and Adeiny Hechavarria #3 of the Toronto Blue Jays get ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at The Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)


I am in the middle of a fun and busy stretch of shooting baseball. Tonight I start shooting the three game series between the Angles and A’s in Oakland. Before I start looking ahead to shooting the great Mike Trout during batting practice in a few hours I need to look back at the previous two fun days of shooting at the Coliseum. The Toronto Blue Jays were in town so I went out to the ballpark in Oakland to shoot the day games on Saturday and Sunday.

Moises Sierra #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays is tagged out at home plate by George Kottaras #14 of the Oakland Athletics during the game at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

The big highlight for me on Saturday was the soft overcast light and the sweet uniform combinations both teams wore. The Blue Jays were wearing their clean all grey road unis (as opposed to their blue tops) and the A’s went with the bright gold jerseys. Both of these colors photographed so well under the soft light. Throw in a nice play at the plate in extra innings (see above) and it was a fun day to shoot.

Instagram of Oakland Athletics team photographer Michael Zagaris in action shooting the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

The sun came out for Sunday’s game, and so did the Jays blue tops. Luckily the young Jays were super loose in the dugout before the game. Their funny banter with each other helped me get some fun pictures minutes before the first pitch (see top). I love shooting teams like this full of young kids who like to have fun. The pictures I get before the game in the dugout are often the best images I get all day. Next for me? Trout and the Angels in a few hours. I can’t wait!

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