World Series Game 5

October 28, 2006 | By Jed Jacobsohn | Sport

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Game 5 of the World Series ended tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals pulling off a surprising home sweep over the Detroit Tigers. As in game 4, the score was close throughout, providing tension until the final out. Preparing for the ninth inning and the inevitable “jubo” on the field can be an interesting process. The opportunity to get the best picture usually happens in the span of about ten seconds after the final out. There was debate over what lens to use, who to key on…. I was planning on staying on Albert Pujols at the end because he is the star of the team. Another guy I was thinking of keying in on was either Scott Rolen or David Eckstein, because one of them was probably going to be the MVP. Then there is the pitcher and catcher jumping into each other’s arms that is usually quite nice. At the end, keying on Pujols right after the final out, it looked like he just lost his dog. He basically did a quick fist pump and ran to the mound. I immediately went back to the pitcher and catcher before they got together and ended up getting a pretty good frame of them. I must admit that at least from my angle, TV and security was not a big problem. So many times has a police officer just wandered in front of the photo well, blocking the moments on the
field.

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The on the field photos after the game provided some good moments as well, except for the fact that they didn’t bring the World Series trophy on the field, which was a shame. After the owner was presented with the trophy, it really seemed like he didn’t want anyone else to even touch. Usually the manager or star player lifts it up or runs around the field, but not this time. Players started trickling out from the clubhouse to celebrate with the fans after getting doused by champagne in the locker room. The typical photographer “scrum” broke out, with some pretty good moments. A Sporting News photographer went down over a bank of TV lights chasing starting pitcher Jeff Weaver. A Reuters photographer was literally saved from going down by Albert Pujols, who amazingly enough caught him by the sleeve, picked him up and asked if he was OK.

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Overall, the technology, editors and photographers performed at a usual high level; moving pictures in near real time. The moments on the field provided some telling, compelling images from a variety of angles captured by our photographers. The Cardinals staff and MLB did a great job of accommodating us and allowing us to showcase the Fall Classic in images.

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  • http://www.richarddeverell.com Christine Deverell

    I wish I had the chance to shoot such major events as a freelance photographer. But most of the time they require media passes that I have no access to, so I can only admire the photos that other photographers took.