Another Opening Series is in the books! The Boston Red Sox vs Milwaukee Brewers didn’t disappoint with some nice light and great action. Although it was a much different look than the last game in 2013 that I photographed when they became the World Series Champions. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year – baseball season!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The competitive drive that college athletes possess and leave out on the court is always an exciting thing to watch – especially when the NCAA basketball tournament comes around. For some, it may be the last time they ever play the game, at least on such a big stage. And for these reasons, anything can happen during March Madness. Forget the team rankings, strength of schedule, and the star players who will be top draft picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Basketball is a team game and sometimes it just comes down to who wants it more.

That was certainly the case this year, as I covered the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York alongside fellow Getty staffer Elsa Garrison. Here are some of my favorite images spanning a total of six games over two days. Enjoy!

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What a year! A Stanley Cup and a World Series in my backyard here in Boston. A 20-year playoff drought for my Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended. And I documented an awful tragedy that had the overwhelming healing and support of its community and the very sports teams I photograph on a daily basis. Immediately following that was an inspiring showcase of talent and determination of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team that was put on display at Fenway Park against the men and women who were among the first responders on April 15th on near the finish line on Boylston Street.

For many, I’m sure that looking at sports photographs is merely for entertainments sake. Some, because of the raw power, skill, and emotion it shows that watching on television or in person may not be able to convey. But for the few who reached out and called, emailed, etc, because they were moved by my pictures for whatever reason, that to me is the best feeling and what I hope to accomplish every day as a photographer. Those messages help solidify why I do what I do for a living.

And as always, I appreciate the ever-continuing support from the photo community that I’m so lucky to be a part of every day.

So, to recap the year that was, here are some of my favorite images from 2013. Enjoy & Happy New Year!

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Last night I had the chance to photograph one of the best athletes in college football, Teddy Bridgewater of the Louisville Cardinals, take on the winless University of Connecticut football team in Hartford.

Here are some of my favorites from the game…

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals warms up prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals warms up prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the ‘Boston Strong 617′ jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Whether you’re from Boston or not, you know the story. It’s been a whirlwind of a year since the awful acts in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

The Red Sox were just starting their season and have since then put the city on their backs in getting through these past 6 months. That’s why I love doing what I do. Of course, I covered the news side of things when tragedy struck but seeing the smiles on the faces of those affected because of what a baseball team can do on the field is really something special to witness and record as well.

My last assignment in covering the Red Sox this season was to shoot the victory parade that went through town following their World Series win against the St Louis Cardinals.

It was an honor and a privilege to document it all – especially the moment that took place on the finish line of the Boston Marathon halfway through the parade…

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Members of the Boston Police Department prepare for the floats carrying members of the Boston Red Sox to travel down Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Members of the Boston Police Department prepare for the floats carrying members of the Boston Red Sox to travel down Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: President and Chief Exective Officer Larry Lucchino of the Boston Red Sox holds up the World Series trophy during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: President and Chief Exective Officer Larry Lucchino of the Boston Red Sox holds up the World Series trophy during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Fans hold up signs during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Fans hold up signs during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox owner John Henry holds up the World Series trophy during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox owner John Henry holds up the World Series trophy during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on a float during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on a float during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer from windows during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer from windows during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks down Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks down Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on a float during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on a float during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: A duck boat carrying members of the Boston Red Sox drives across the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: A duck boat carrying members of the Boston Red Sox drives across the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox carries the World Series trophy near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox carries the World Series trophy near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Members of the Massachussets State Police patrol the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Members of the Massachussets State Police patrol the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Ducky boats carrying members of the Boston Red Sox make their way down the Charles River during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Ducky boats carrying members of the Boston Red Sox make their way down the Charles River during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer from the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Boston Red Sox fans cheer from the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Fans cheer from the shore of the Charles Rivers during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Fans cheer from the shore of the Charles Rivers during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: The World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey sit on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: The World Series trophy and the ‘Boston Strong 617′ jersey sit on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)