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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)
(Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
(Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
 (Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
(Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
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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)
(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
(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)
 (Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
(Jared Wickerham for Upper Deck)
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 - 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)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Opening Day. My favorite holiday. Well, it’s not so much a holiday for me as it is for a lot of kids who get to skip school for a baseball game. But it still brings the same sense of joy and excitement that it does for those kids playing hooky.

It also gives me an added reason to go out and mingle with the people and shoot some features. Some years it has been miserable, rainy, and cold. But yesterday topped 80 degrees and according to Dave Arrigo, the Pirates team photographer, it was probably the warmest he’s ever experienced. That brought everyone out, including one of the coolest parts about Pittsburgh – the Allegheny River boat tailgaters. What a better way to enjoy the weather, catch a ball game, AND avoid the busy traffic and parking that comes with it! I even met some folks aboard ‘JAWS’ who have been coming for over 30 years.

Now, every opening day is a bit hectic. It’s always packed full of media, no matter how good or bad your team may be that year. And there are surely many parts to the ceremony before the first pitch even gets thrown. But if you just take it in stride and enjoy the fresh smell of pine tar, the sights of the lush green grass, and the sound of the ball against the back of a mit, your attitude will help reveal those pictures that encapsulate the first day of baseball season.

Welcome back, Buccos!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)