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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)
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)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  (Editor's note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: (Editor’s note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It may have just been preseason for the Steelers but it was great to get back to shooting some football this past Labor Day weekend, wrapping it up on Saturday with the first games (and wins) for the Pitt Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

And just like the players and referees who need some practice getting back into the swing of things, the same goes for every photographers no matter how many seasons you’ve been covering a particular sport or team.

One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is not to overthink how you cover a game. Over the span of a season you’ll get a feel for the team’s tendencies (i.e. Do they pass or run a lot? Deep routes and short 5-10 yard gains?). There are so many analytics websites out there that you could just as easily look at a chart and determine it that way as well. But going with your gut on where to best position yourself based on different variables will more than likely yield the best results. Reading up on your local teams can also give you more detailed information and befriending those same writers can go a long way in being a step ahead on the news that might develop and your images getting more play. Of course you will always miss something as you can’t possibly be in perfect position for every big play. However, always take into consideration how much time is left, what kind of weapons a team may have, etc. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and go with your gut instinct because I think the saying will almost always be true: ‘Go where everyone else isn’t.’ It just might pay off for you.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05:  James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night This morning had all the feelings of an October playoff game. A loud, involved, sellout crowd. Nationally televised. A little controversy and drama. And the best two teams in major league baseball facing off against each other. Neither of which were willing to concede even into the early morning hours.

To have a game like this happen before the All-Star break is even underway is a pretty special thing to have been a part of. Its moments like these that remind me to appreciate exactly what it is that I get to do for a living on a daily basis.

It had all the makings of a great story. But putting my own words together and making them interesting is not my forte, so I’ll leave you with ten of my favorite images that hopefully do the storytelling that way. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We are officially one-third of the way through the major league baseball season. As a photographer, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate and look back on your progress made. It’s a healthy routine to get into as I think it helps keep us all from becoming complacent and forces us to always be improving. There’s certainly no sense in making the same images at the same event, all year long. In order to have a diverse, yet complete look to your body of work, you need to explore all angles, light, etc. Approaching the same assignment with a different lens or focal length can make a huge difference. Having a little bit of luck fall your way is always nice too!

Take chances. For every image I’ve ever ‘made’, I’ve also missed some moments as well. That’s just the nature of the business we’re in. Of course we always hear the saying, “Go where everyone else isn’t”, but the reason we hear that so often is because it’s still so true. Sometimes it’s the only reason we have. Sometimes it works out. And when it does, it’s always worth it.

Obviously we all have jobs to do at these events. There are always clients to please and typically a small window to fit it all into on deadline. But get to your assignment early, explore, fulfill your client’s needs, then go and show the world how you see things. But be patient. Just like in the game of baseball, you may only find that unique picture once every few times you attempt to go after it. However, batting .300 is a really good statistic to have, even if it doesn’t include a home run.

Here is a small collection of my favorite images so far this season from PNC Park. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs  at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05:  Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24:  Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)