I’m honored that the photo editors at Minor League Baseball have nominated my picture of Red Wings second baseman Tommy Field as a 2016 Photo of the Year candidate. If you’re not voting for Donald or Hillary this year, why not go to http://www.milb.com/news/awards/y2016/index.jsp, click on the Photo of the Year category and place some votes for my photo? You can vote as much as you like until October 25th.
This photo, taken on the final home game of the season, is a metaphor for how 2016 ended for the Red Wings. Despite an extraordinary effort, the playoffs were just out of reach, much like the ball which found its way past a diving Tommy Field by mere inches.
In the top of the first inning, left handed hitter Cedrick Hunter of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, digs into the batter’s box. I fixed my lens on our second baseman Tommy Field in anticipation of Hunter hitting to the left side. I heard the crack of the bat as I was looking at Tommy through the view finder. He immediately started moving quickly to his left and I started firing away at ten frames per second. I remember thinking the second I saw him leap for the ball that I had just captured my best picture of the year on the last day of the season at Frontier Field.
The Red Wings went on to lose the game 7-1 and were also eliminated from wild card playoff contention. They finished with a very respectable 81-63 record – the fourth best in the International League.
I can't promise that if you vote for my photo America will become "Stronger Together" or that it will "Make America Great Again" but I can promise you that I will be very grateful.