2012 World Series: Game 4

Posted on October 29, 2012

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants celebrates in the clubhouse after the Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 World Series on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

As I sit here in my Marriott hotel room in Detroit I am still recovering from everything that happened last night. The cold. The rain. And oh yeah- the Giants winning the World Series! This has been such a crazy week I decided to sleep in past noon today and try and kick my cold before flying home on Tuesday. I will now try and put everything from last night into perspective so you can see what my experience was like covering Game 4 of the World Series between the Giants and Tigers for MLB Photos.

Autographed bats sit in the Giants clubhouse before Game 4 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

The forecast called for cold temps and a possibility of rain when our crew got to the park six hours early for Game 4. One of my goals was to get into the Giants clubhouse to shoot uniforms, bats and balls that would help illustrate our coverage of the Series. My good friend and team photographer Andy Kuno took me in after the team hit the field for batting practice and I was able to shoot some cool stuff and bring the fans some behind the scenes looks at what goes on at a World Series.

Autographed balls sit in the Giants clubhouse before Game 4 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Before the game my picture editor Jim McKenna had the great idea for me to go on the field and shoot into the Giants dugout when Hunter Pence led the team with his daily pep talk. Pence had started this postseason tradition when he rallied the club during the NLDS in Cincinnati and by the time the team reached Detroit for the games this weekend it had evolved into a full-on revival. With Pence dancing and screaming while being surrounded by his teammates throwing sunflower seeds in the air the ballclub united to beat every team that came before them. Last night was no exception and the pictures I got were pretty damned cool (see below).

Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants pumps up his teammates in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the 2012 World Series on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Once the game got going I was shooting from a sweet inside first base spot looking down the third base line. I was a nervous wreck and froze my ass off. I kinda assumed the Tigers would win and was preparing myself for that result when Marco Scutaro got a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to knock in Ryan Theriot from second base to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. Luckily I was in a good spot to squeeze off a few good frames of Theriot sliding home and jubing. I was pretty damned excited and the cold went away (see below).

Ryan Theriot #5 of the San Francisco Giants reacts to scoring the go ahead run on a RBI single in the top of the tenth inning by Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Ryan Theriot #5 of the Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Sergio Romo got the final three Tigers out meekly to seal the deal, and I decided to key on Scutaro and was happy with the little frame I got. My teammate Ron Vesely nailed Romo and Buster Posey celebrating from third base so our coverage was very complete. Next stop, clubhouse!

Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates as the Giants win Game 4 to clinch the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

My boss Jessica Foster got me in the Giants clubhouse so early I was able to shoot the corporate branding before the players got in (see below).

I was ready before the onslaught of players and media got in to celebrate- and I am lucky I was because it got so crowded so fast it became very uncomfortable because the clubhouse was so small.

Barry Zito and Eli Whiteside of the San Francisco Giants celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 World Series on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Before I got out of the champagne-soaked clubhouse I grabbed a few frames of some details to finish my coverage.

Bottles of champagne sit in ice in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse after they defeated the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 World Series on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Shooting a big celebration like this is always a crap shoot for me, so I was happy to get a fun sequence of Posey going nuts early on (see top). It is late and I am still in Detroit. I will be back home on Tuesday just in time to shoot the parade on Wednesday! I hope you like my pictures!

 

What Others Are Saying

  1. Kathryn October 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Absolutely love your work, thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Margret White October 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the great pictures. Love the one of Posey.

  3. Kimberly Koch October 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Wow, these are amazing as always. The shots of the players, and the equipment. Takes the sting out of winning on the road. Thanks.

  4. Todd Allred October 30, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Awesome! Great work, Brad. Love the Scutaro shot at the end. You’ve had a good run shooting Giants’ second basemen in the World Series. And, of course, I’m thrilled the Giants won another title. Who’d have thought they’d come so frequently now after all those years.

  5. Michele Chunn October 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Great shots ! Your Posey pic was already my fave ! Glad to give credit.

  6. Keith Lucas October 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Brad,
    WOW….they are all great and sure the clubhouse images are excellent. I think what really caught my eye was the details…I LOVE the autographed baseballs…and of course the bottle of bubbly…As an A’s fan, I can only hope next year you arent forced to travel far for a WS matchup…

    Great work again!
    Keith Lucas

  7. Andy Altman-Ohr October 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Amazing stuff as always! Love the Theriot shot…I am amazed at how you continue to get things so incredibly aligned with foul pole, baseline, etc. What a team. Every player is a story unto himself.

  8. Brian Healy October 31, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Hey Brad,

    Once again you have proved you are one of the best baseball shooters in the land. As a studio guy, you take action images
    that would appear like they were shot in a studio environment.
    What I mean, is that studio photography is extremely controlled imagery, and you have been able to capture action
    imagery as if you know what is the next frame.

    I hope you remember our conversation at Stanford that JT set up, love the book.
    Perhaps you and I and Zman, can get some coffee.

    BRILLIANT SHOTS!!!

  9. Janis Bosenko October 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Love the pictures! What a great experience. I was sorry to see such a good champagne, like Mumm Napa being “wasted” by spraying it around, not drinking it. Why don’t they use some crappy sparkling wine, like Cook’s, and save the Mumm to enjoy with their families and fans.

  10. The Other Posey November 1, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Brad, out of all the commemorative books and magazines I purchased after the Giants 2010 WS win, Worth The Wait was by far my favorite. I even brought it with me to 2012 FanFest and had Lou Seal sign his photo. Keep up the great work, and hope to see another new book on our beloved Giants coming very soon. Yes?!?!? Btw, where were all those signed bats and balls headed exactly? P.S. Buster’s shot above is a side we often don’t see. Thanks for the images.

  11. PhotoPatrick November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Great stuff. I like that the buckets of beer have the pre-made logo for Detroit winning it instead. Vamanos Gigantes!

  12. Fred Mullane November 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    As always, impeccable!

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