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2013 World Series: Game 6

Posted on October 31, 2013

Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to win the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB)

 
Well that was fun. Special events like last night’s Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston make me really appreciate how lucky I am to be a photographer.

Instagram of the Boston Red Sox stretching before Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Entering last night’s game the Red Sox held a three games to two advantage over the Cardinals. A win by the Red Sox would clinch their third World Series crown in the last nine years. It would also mark the first time they had won a title at home since 1918. This had a chance to be a very special night at the ballpark.

Instagram of Pete Souza and Brad Mangin on the field before Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Jamie Squire)

When our crew from MLB Photos got the Fenway Park around four and a half hours before the first pitch there was an air of electricity around the park that was not there last week for Games 1 and 2. The fans were everywhere and the buzz was off the charts. This was not a typical October 30th in Boston.

Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox scores on a 3-run triple from Shane Victorino in the third inning during Game 6 of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Official White House photographer Pete Souza was in town with his boss yesterday for a fund raising event late in the afternoon, so he came by the park around 5pm to enjoy the chance of seeing his favorite team win it all in person for the first time. It was great having Pete hang out with us. He has so many fans it was a great chance for photographers to chat with him on the field in a relaxed setting before the game.

David Ortiz #34 and Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after scoring on Shane Victorino’s double in the bottom of the third inning of Game 6 of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Just like Game 2 I was shooting from the awesome inside first base position in the low photo boxes that are only used for postseason play at Fenway. By the time the game started I was pretty jacked up. If the Red Sox won we would have the chance to make some great celebratory photographs. If the Cardinals won we would have a Game 7 tonight. Either way I could not lose.

John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during Game 6 of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

When Shane Victorino bashed a 3-run bases-loaded triple off the Green Monster in the bottom of the third inning to put the Red Sox up 3-0 it seemed like the all of the air had been let out of the Cardinals balloon. Pretty soon it was 6-0 and with John Lackey hurling a gem all of the drama had been taken out of the game. The countdown to the celebration had begun for Red Sox fans in the park and all over New England.

Koji Uehara #19 of the and David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals to win Game 6 of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Whenever a World Series is about to end you start to get a little nervous. The entire season of shooting baseball, starting way back in Arizona in late February, comes down to this. You need to make at least one good frame of the winning team celebrating. Some clinching games are more important than others. When you have a team like the Red Sox clinching a title at Fenway Park you are talking a whole new level of history than say the Miami Marlins winning in their dome.

John Farrell #53 manager of the Boston Red Sox raises the Commissioner’s Trophy after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to win the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

I imagined an end of game picture from my angle with the Green Monster in the background. I wanted to shoot the picture loose with the 70-200mm zoom horizontal so I could show off the ballpark and allow fans to realize that the game was played at Fenway Park. When Red Sox closer Koji Uehara recorded the final out and began to celebrate I got my wish (see top).

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Once I was done on the field after the game my assignment was to go into the Sox clubhouse to try and get a few decent pictures of the champagne celebration. Armed with my trusty rain cover for my camera, short zoom, and strobe I was ready to battle the masses of hangers on and media frauds to try and get close to some of the players to make sharp, usable pictures before they ran out of bubbly. Easier said than done!

David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Once I got into the clubhouse I started looking for some of the star players so I could make pictures that meant something. That was not too hard, but my next task became impossible. I needed a picture of the players celebrating with the trophy. So did all the other photographers crammed into the clubhouse in this small building that was constructed over 100 years ago. Where the Hell was the trophy?

David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

The trophy was in the managers office surround by dozens of friends, family, and frauds of the Red Sox ownership group taking pictures, one by one, with the trophy. This is a trend I have seen in recent years were owners think it is all about them and keep the players from celebrating with the trophy that was won on the field, not on a luxury site. Awful.

Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

I waited a long time for the trophy to come out, but I finally gave up at around 1am. I was wet, sticky, and tired. I was also very happy. Our crew from MLB Photos did a terrific job covering this Series. I had the chance to work with an amazing group of photographers: Ron Vesely, Rob Tringali, and David Durochik. Incredible pros who helped make covering this Series so enjoyable. This Series marked my 14th straight year of covering the Fall Classic for MLB Photos. It has been a thrill and an honor to witness so much history in the last decade and a half.

We left the park till around 2:30am, but not before conversation started between myself and my baseball picture editor at Sports Illustrated, Nate Gordon, about spring training next year. We are baseball people. We are always talking about the game, and always looking forward to our next chance to enjoy the game, be it at Scottsdale Stadium or Fenway Park.

Right now I am looking forward to getting home later tonight so I can take a few days off, hang out with my cats Mike and Willie, and get caught up on some awesome reality television. Thanks for following my fun journey covering the 2013 World Series!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Scott Sommerdorf October 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Brad, it’s been great to be along fro the ride with you, and your eye. As always, you did a great job. Love your relentless, sincere passion for the game. Well done.

  2. Jean Fruth October 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Brad ….WOW!!! Incredible photos!!! You have done an amazing job capturing the story in photos. What a ride!!
    Im sure you have made Mike and Willie proud!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Z-Man October 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t know what I enjoy more, your images…or your on point and sometimes stinging commentary that accompanies them. I especially liked the shot Jamie took of you and Pete Souza…with you wearing the button of VJ on your WS credential…making sure VJ was along for the Series…and you IDing the wealthy Red Sox suite holders as frauds !!!
    …or the owners…WHORES that they ALL are to SELL EVERY BIT of everything meaningful and important to the highest bidder. The Moneychangers in the Temple have nothing on ALL of these ASSHOLES.
    Thank God YOU were there to capture the actual magic and feel of the moment…in both word and picturs…Give Mike & Willie a high five…or a claw to paw…for me…Z

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  5. Robert Seale November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Great photos – and awesome that MLB is smart enough to have the most qualified baseball shooter in the world shooting for them.

    Love Z’s comments above. Reminds me of a couple of NBA Finals locker room situations…..the entire group of media needed Kobe and Shaq or Jordan and Pippen celebrating with the trophy, and the NBA handlers scurry it away to a closed off bathroom in the locker room so that only their photographer and their video guy could shoot the celebration. Classy stuff, right?……but Jerry Buss never took it to his office and excluded the players too…that’s a new all time low.

  6. Michael Der November 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Love your work Brad, thank you for sharing. An amazing season with amazing images.

  7. Brad Mangin November 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Thanks so much Scott! Covering events like this is so much fun- especially at places like Fenway. I am so glad you liked the blog posts!

    Brad

  8. Brad Mangin November 2, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Thanks Jean- it is so cool that you take the time to read all my blog posts- it means alot! Sure is nice to be home!

    Brad

  9. Brad Mangin November 2, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Z-Man I love everything you said! I still can’t believe all the rich white people with nicely combed hair would not let the players have the trophy. It was rude as Hell.

    Brad

  10. Jon SooHoo November 2, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Phenomenal job Brad. Having not gotten past the NLCS with my own team since 88, I love to see how the real pros do it….I look forward to someday getting my chance in the future….And yes, I am ready for Spring Training already too. And Mr Souza is MY hero.
    Great job…….Jon

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  13. Brad Mangin November 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks so much Jon! I thought this might be your year. You guys are so close. Glad you are a fan of Mr. Souza- he is terrific. So much fun having him in Boston for both games 2 and 6!

    Brad

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