2016 World Series: Game 4

Posted on October 30, 2016

iPhone Instagram of Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians waiting to take batting practice in the outfield batting cage prior to Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

 

Last night’s Game 4 of the World Series between the Indians and Cubs at Wrigley Field was a wretched night to be a fan of the hometown team. The Tribe demolished the Cubs 7-2 in a game that showed two teams going in opposite directions. The Indians are playing their game right now and the Cubs? Well let’s just say they are playing some of their worst ball all season.

However, I don’t really want to talk about the game that much. I shot from a terrific outside first base spot and made a few pictures I like that you can see below. What I am most excited about are the pictures I got three hours before the first pitch underneath the right field bleachers inside the Indians batting cage where I spent almost two hours hanging out with Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo and assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro. I went out to the cage around 2:30pm with my boss at MLB Photos Jessica Carroll to see if I could hang out and shoot some behind the scenes stuff of guys coming in and out of the gate with the stadium in the background. I did not want to bother the guys while they were in the cage hitting. I just wanted to shoot some wide stuff that showed the ballplayers in their surroundings in an area that is normally off-limits. Luckily I had met Ty in spring training in Arizona many years ago at a dinner with some mutual friends and he was incredibly kind in welcoming me into the inner sanctum of the Indians indoor cage. For the next 45 minutes while we were waiting for the first players to make the trek out to right field I had a blast talking baseball with the two hitting coaches. Hard to believe we were at the World Series. These guys were so relaxed it seemed like a March day in Goodyear, Arizona. Baseball is such a common thread that can be talked about anytime, anywhere. If you have been around the game long enough you are sure to have some good stories to tell.

Once the players started coming in they were all very cool. This is a really lose bunch and the set of pictures I got from hanging out made me so happy I didn’t really care what happened in the game- that would all just be icing on the cake.

Enough of me babbling. Why don’t you take a look and see my edit of some of the best pictures I shot last night.

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iPhone Instagram of Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians swinging outside the outfield batting cage prior to Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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iPhone Instagram detail of the outfield ivy changing colors prior to Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians leaving the outfield batting cage prior to Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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John Lackey of the Chicago Cubs reacts after giving up two tuns in the top of the second inning of Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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The 1908 Cubs World Series flag is seen during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs have not won a Series since 1908. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs is out at second as Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians turns a double play in the bottom of the second inning of Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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A detail of the cleats of Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians as he reaches first base after drawing a walk during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs is unable to make the play on a Coco Crisp #4 of the Cleveland Indians double in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians hits 3-run home run in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians points to his dugout after hitting a 3-run home run in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Francisco Lindor #12 and Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

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Chicago Cubs fans sit in the left field bleachers after the Cleveland Indians beat the Cubs 7-2 in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos)

Tonight is do or die for the Cubs. They win or go home. There are more cliches I can throw at you but you get the idea. This is it! Ha! As usual I am not ready for the baseball season to end, so I am rooting for the Cubs to win tonight so we can o back to Cleveland tomorrow for more baseball on Tuesday night! #gocubsgo

What Others Are Saying

  1. Paul Hallaman October 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    More terrific shots, Brad. Kipnis HR swing is a classic. Thanks.

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