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Well it’s certainly better late than never that I put a blog together with my favorites images from the year.

2016 was quite the roller coaster of events for both myself and the teams I covered. The world of freelance photography took me all over the country this year covering everything from the U.S. Open at Oakmont to the NFL playoffs, getting a relief from the snow to document the BNP Paribas Open in California, spending a week covering the world champion Maine-Endwell little league baseball team, and the road to the Stanley Cup Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins. For those experiences and being asked to tell their stories, I am forever grateful.

So much has changed in the world of journalism, especially in the past year, but I remain optimistic that myself and other photographers will continue to push forward and find their voice.

Happy New Year, everyone! Enjoy some of my favorite images below…

Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half during the Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half during the Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos stands behind center as a ray of light hits his jersey in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Round Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photograhy)
Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos stands behind center as a ray of light hits his jersey in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Round Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photograhy)
Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the ice against the New Jersey Devils during the game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 26, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/WIck Photography)
Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the ice against the New Jersey Devils during the game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 26, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/WIck Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes during the game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes during the game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during the bout at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 13, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during the bout at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 13, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Hall of Fame catcher, Manny Sanguillen, talks with Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bullpen during spring training at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida on February 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Hall of Fame catcher, Manny Sanguillen, talks with Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bullpen during spring training at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida on February 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during spring training at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida on February 21, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during spring training at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida on February 21, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Annika Beck practices on court 8 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Annika Beck practices on court 8 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Andy Murray plays Marcel Granollers in Men's Singles Second Round in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Andy Murray plays Marcel Granollers in Men’s Singles Second Round in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Eugenie Bouchard plays Timea Bacsinszky in Women's Singles Third Round in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Eugenie Bouchard plays Timea Bacsinszky in Women’s Singles Third Round in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams plays Simona Halep in Women's Singles Quarterfinals in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams plays Simona Halep in Women’s Singles Quarterfinals in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
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Rafael Nadal plays Novak Djokovic in Men's Singles Semifinals in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Rafael Nadal plays Novak Djokovic in Men’s Singles Semifinals in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reaches for the puck while being pulled down by a penalized Petter Granberg #8 of the Nashville Predators in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 31, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reaches for the puck while being pulled down by a penalized Petter Granberg #8 of the Nashville Predators in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 31, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks to the plate past David Freese #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Opening Day game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks to the plate past David Freese #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Opening Day game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
The Pittsburgh Pirates on deck circle is reflected in the sunglasses of John Jaso #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
The Pittsburgh Pirates on deck circle is reflected in the sunglasses of John Jaso #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Skateboarding at the LES Coleman skatepark  in New York City on April 20, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Skateboarding at the LES Coleman skatepark in New York City on April 20, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Skateboarding at the LES Coleman skatepark  in New York City on April 20, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Skateboarding at the LES Coleman skatepark in New York City on April 20, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reach for a loose puck in the first period during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania on May 16, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reach for a loose puck in the first period during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania on May 16, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates through the on-ice flame graphics prior to the start of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on May 18, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates through the on-ice flame graphics prior to the start of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on May 18, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
in Braddock, Pennslyvania on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
in Braddock, Pennslyvania on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
in Braddock, Pennslyvania on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
in Braddock, Pennslyvania on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during game two of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania on June 1, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during game two of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania on June 1, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is introduced prior to game three of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 4, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is introduced prior to game three of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 4, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates sits in the bullpen prior to the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates sits in the bullpen prior to the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes the field in his major league debut against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes the field in his major league debut against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Third base coach Rick Sofield #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates blows a bubble during the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Third base coach Rick Sofield #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates blows a bubble during the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup during game six of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup during game six of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup following their 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks during game six of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup following their 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks during game six of the Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins kisses the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham / Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins kisses the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham / Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds up the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds up the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Dustin Johnson kisses the U.S. Open trophy following his first major win in Oakmont, Pennsylvania on Sunday June 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
Dustin Johnson kisses the U.S. Open trophy following his first major win in Oakmont, Pennsylvania on Sunday June 19, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Wick Photography)
during half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
during half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
during the half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
during the half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
during first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
during first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
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Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his three-point shot at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/The Players Tribune)
Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his three-point shot at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/The Players Tribune)
Pittsburgh wide receiver Aaron Mathews (6) is unable to make a catch before Syracuse defensive back Corey Winfield (11) intercepts the pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh wide receiver Aaron Mathews (6) is unable to make a catch before Syracuse defensive back Corey Winfield (11) intercepts the pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) walks off of the field following their win against Syracuse in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) walks off of the field following their win against Syracuse in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
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(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Immanuel Iyke #96 of the Penn State Nittany Lions poses for a portrait inside the Louis and Mildred Lasch football building in State College, Pennsylvania on Monday December 5, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/The Players Tribune)
Immanuel Iyke #96 of the Penn State Nittany Lions poses for a portrait inside the Louis and Mildred Lasch football building in State College, Pennsylvania on Monday December 5, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/The Players Tribune)
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In 2009 on the Boulevard of the Allies I was a clueless college student who snuck onto the parade route for the Penguins without a credential. I think the best photo I made that day was of the great Dan Potash pouring champagne on his head. That photo is the reason we became friends in the first place.

I’m still mostly clueless but on Wednesday I was really able to enjoy the party downtown this time around. A lot of games, practices, and press conferences. Many drives to the east coast and flights cross-country. Too many nights in a hotel to count.

Parades are quite the workout though. You’d better be in good shape if you ever plan on doing one. It’s like running the final mile in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Except you’re doing it while going backwards. With your head on a swivel. Pushing your way through a scrum of other media. And dodging giant piles of horse manure left behind by the police escort. Oh, and making sure your stuff in in focus, too!

It’s obviously my job to photograph what happens, win or lose, but man is it way more fun covering a championship parade and subsequent meetings with the Stanley Cup than having your last images being that of players cleaning out their lockers.
No one prefers to be a part of documenting anything negative so it does feel nice to be ‘rewarded’ a bit with these joyful celebrations. They certainly breathe a little bit of life into everyone following such a grueling playoff run.

And I did still make an image of Potash this year, sans champagne.

I’ll leave you with my favorite images below but should you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them below in the comments section. And now officially begins baseball season…

P.S. And yes, since I know this question will come up and already has, this was a public event, so prints ARE available for anyone wishing to hang these moments on up on your wall: http://bit.ly/1V9VXu7

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Carl Hagelin #62 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins wave to the crowd during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Carl Hagelin #62 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins wave to the crowd during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street as onlookers peer out of the Koppers Building prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street as onlookers peer out of the Koppers Building prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham / DKPS)
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along rooftops along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along rooftops along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands the Stanley Cup to teammate Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Boulevard of the Allies during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands the Stanley Cup to teammate Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Boulevard of the Allies during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Mike Lange speaks on stage during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Mike Lange speaks on stage during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins greets fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins greets fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the Stanley Cup along the crowd of fans during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the Stanley Cup along the crowd of fans during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Action is always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of sports photographs. Some games have more peak, athletic moments than others but emotion will always be there regardless of the level (high school, college, professional, etc) so don’t forget that there is always a story to tell on both sides of the ball. Just like you learned in grade school that you need a beginning, middle, and end to your writing, the same goes for your images. The game always fluctuates so keep that in mind and show that as well. It’s not always easy keeping things fresh when you’re shooting the same venue game after game, year after year, but trying different techniques and vantage points can help keep things from being stale and looking the same. The winners typically make for the easier photos to be made because the moments belonging to them are very obvious and loud. However, it’s important not to forget those who lost because those moments will be much more quiet and fleeting.

Some of the storylines for this past Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game was the return of Ben Roethlisberger from injury, the loss of star running back Le’Veon Bell to injury mid-game, and the Bengals quest to continue their unbeaten season.

Here are some of my images from Sunday that hopefully lend themselves to the headlines.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Le'Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Le’Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band touch parts of the band logo that correspond with their row before starting practice at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band touch parts of the band logo that correspond with their row before starting practice at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

10 days ago I had the pleasure and honor of following around THE Ohio State marching band as they practiced for their big half show across the pond at the Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game in London. I say it over and over again but this really is an incredible job that I continue to pursue where I get to witness the behind-the-scenes moments that most people never get to see.

So of course I owe a huge thank you to director Chris Hoch and the 225 members of the marching band for allowing me to invade their space and document their hard work and dedication for a couple of days at Ohio Stadium. A big thanks goes to Corey Sipkin at the New York Daily News for recommending me for the assignment. Kevin Armstrong is one of the best sports writers I’ve had the pleasure of working with as well. And of course, one of the best resources for this assignment came from friend and drum major, Konner Barr.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/ohio-state-best-damn-band-land-article-1.2409919

To be given the creative freedom and access that I had for the two days was wonderful and hopefully I was able to showcase the immense scale and uniformity but also the skillful individuality that ‘the best damn band in the land’ possesses.

Don’t take any assignment for granted. For anyone to allow a complete stranger with a camera into their lives to take up any amount of their precious time is something to be appreciated.

Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A row of trumpets sits on the practice field during Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A row of trumpets sits on the practice field during Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant director of marching and athletic bands for Ohio State University leads practice as an airplane flies overhead outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant director of marching and athletic bands for Ohio State University leads practice as an airplane flies overhead outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Drum major, Nathan MacMaster (center), Konner Barr (left), and Kris Hamilton (right) of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Drum major, Nathan MacMaster (center), Konner Barr (left), and Kris Hamilton (right) of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
(L-R) Meghan St. Clair, Michael Cardozo, Matthew Conrad, Brian Vasilou, and Emily Meese of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
(L-R) Meghan St. Clair, Michael Cardozo, Matthew Conrad, Brian Vasilou, and Emily Meese of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Athan Nicolozakes of the Ohio State University marching band stretches prior to practicing their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Athan Nicolozakes of the Ohio State University marching band stretches prior to practicing their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices in front of director Chris Hoch outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices in front of director Chris Hoch outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A reflection of the Ohio State University logos reflect onto the field off of the drums during marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A reflection of the Ohio State University logos reflect onto the field off of the drums during marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band percussion practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band percussion practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads the section leaders during their music check outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads the section leaders during their music check outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A hat and instrument case sit on a chair inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center following a practice session for the Ohio State University marching band in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A hat and instrument case sit on a chair inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center following a practice session for the Ohio State University marching band in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The National League Wild Card matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs was not-so-wild following a complete game shutout by Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. With the way Arrieta has pitched this season, particularly in the last month of the regular season, not even a trip back to the future with Marty McFly could’ve helped the Pirates. S0metimes there are forces that even a former NL MVP and Pittsburgh’s consistently incredible pitcher, Gerrit Cole, could stop and this could easily be the postseason that many Cubs fans have looked forward to for many years.

Either way, I was privileged to again witness and document history at PNC Park as the game hosted the largest crowd ever recorded at the stadium in its 15-year history.

And just like those players who are forced to pack up their locker rooms and regroup for next season, soon enough comes the same time of the year for myself to evaluate the year and make any necessary changes. Learning from previous endeavors is a huge part of the never-ending goal of constantly improving both on my skills as a photojournalist and how I can become a better person.

With that, I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes from former MLB commissioner Bart Giamatti:

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after a double play to end the sixth inning with the bases loaded during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after a double play to end the sixth inning with the bases loaded during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 after being hit by a pitch thrown by Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) in the seventh inning during the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 after being hit by a pitch thrown by Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) in the seventh inning during the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Chicago Cubs fans celebrate after the Chicago Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Chicago Cubs fans celebrate after the Chicago Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)