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2013 Mud Hens Opening Day

The day has finally come! The Toledo Mud Hens will host the Louisville Bats to open the 2013 season in downtown Toledo! Just like any city with a MLB team, the whole city basically shuts down and heads downtown to to bars to drink with friends to kick off the summer!

Being a sports photographer, I never have that luxury. I spent the last few days working with the marketing and promotions team creating a list of needs for opening day. Everything from pre-game parties, fans enjoying suites and game action.

Charing all of my batteries

Bag one

Bag two for remotes:

Bag three with remote mounts and go pros:

The night prior to opening day, I spent four hours running 500 feet of ethernet cables to different areas of the ball park. This will be used on opening day and through the rest of the season. I have one ethernet drop in each of the dugouts, two on the concoure level and one in the upper deck. When I set up remotes I plug the ethernet right in to the camera and send the photos to an FTP where I can retrieve them as needed. Also I plug directly into my camera to send photos to the video room to be used on the scoreboard in between innings.

People think I am crazy for running that much cable, but I just don’t trust WIFI at stadiums or cellular data. With the amount of people at stadiums these days using cell phones it’s impossible to get anything to work.

Around 10am I head over to the stadium to shoot some features. Head grounds keeper Jake Tyler was hard at work getting the field ready.

Once the players arrived I spent some time in the clubhouse introducing my self to players and staff. I spent the last six months building up my relationship with all of the Walleye players and I am now starting all over again.

Toledo Mud Hens catcher Bryan Holaday hits in the cage prior to the game.

Jose Ortega, left, and Luis Marte play cards prior to the game. 

Gustavo Nunez warms up on a speed ladder prior to the game.

 2012 CNN Hero Wanda Buts who founded a nonprofit swimming classes threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
WTOL news anchor Chrys Peterson sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Once the game was underway, I headed to the suite level to make some pictures of fans enjoying the atmosphere. It’s it was cold and rainy the pictures of people on the concourse level aren’t good for marketing purpose. They are wearing hats and winter coats. Baseball is a summer sport!

Quinten Berry runs to first base after a hit.

Fans participate in the Frickers chicken race.
Then Muddy doing his thing!
That wraps up opening day! Only 71 more home games to go and plenty of pictures to be made and shared.
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