Daily sports photo #40

April 18 – “A picture is worth a 1,000 words.’

Yup, yet another of my all-time favorites. I really like the photo for what it “says” within those 1,000 words.

The pic is actually a “bad” photo technically as the focus is fairly soft. But I was able to capture a very special moment – a son looking up into his Dad’s eyes after his team won a game that they were supposed to never win.

Here’s the back story. It was the second game of day four of the 2007 College World Series. The University of California Irvine Anteaters were pitted against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Arizona State beat UC Irvine 5-4 in game one. Both teams had lost a game so looser of this game goes home. I was definitely rooting for UC Irvine because 1) come on, they’re called the Anteaters, 2) they were slated as the one of the biggest underdogs of all time, and 3) they’re the Anteaters.

You guessed it. The Anteaters won in an incredibly exciting game beating the Sun Devils 8-7. There was an incredible celebration on the infield by UC Irvine. I nailed all those shots from my vantage point at the rail. The celebration was winding down and the grounds crew was already out to get the field ready for the next day. Most of the fans were gone.

That’s when I saw a UC Irvine player run over to the railing just down from me. I saw the moment being staged. I saw the photo in my mind that I thought was about to happen. I quickly grabbed my camera not worrying about the settings and grabbed only one snap. The player quickly ran back to his teammates. The moment was over.

The look in the player’s eyes says it all to me – “Dad, we did it!” Looks to me to be a pic of pure love between a son and his dad. Sharp focus or not, I will always keep this photo.

What do you think?

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Brent West
April 21, 2020 9:50 am

I was thinking the same! Looks like a great moment between father and son!