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

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

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

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

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

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 4:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Garnett

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 4: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 20: Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29:  Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 29: Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 03: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 19: Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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

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

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Baseball has always been my favorite sport to photograph. The sounds of a season don’t get any more pure than a ball smacking the catcher’s mitt at 98mph or a hit that you know is gone without having to watch it leave the ballpark.

And when the leaves are changing and the postseason is here, there’s no better time for it.

Here are some of my favorites thus far through the AL and NL Wild Card games, the ALDS series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and the NLDS series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St Louis Cardinals.

Enjoy!

NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds:

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 1: Baseballs sit in a basket prior to the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 1: Baseballs sit in a basket prior to the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  A Pittsburgh Pirates fan holds up a pirate flag prior to the National League Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: A Pittsburgh Pirates fan holds up a pirate flag prior to the National League Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates misses the catch on a double hit by Ryan Ludwick #48 of the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates misses the catch on a double hit by Ryan Ludwick #48 of the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting his solo home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting his solo home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks off the field in the 7th inning during their game against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks off the field in the 7th inning during their game against the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Fans gather outside of Gate A prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 02: Fans gather outside of Gate A prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Cleveland Indians fans cheer against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 02: Cleveland Indians fans cheer against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2: Fernando Rodney #56, Evan Longoria #3, and Jose Molina #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 2: Fernando Rodney #56, Evan Longoria #3, and Jose Molina #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2: Carlos Santana #41, Michael Brantley #23, and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians sit in the dugout following their 4-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 2: Carlos Santana #41, Michael Brantley #23, and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians sit in the dugout following their 4-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates in the clubhouse with his teammates following their 4-0 win against the Cleveland Indians during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 3: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates in the clubhouse with his teammates following their 4-0 win against the Cleveland Indians during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 05:  John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 05: John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 04: Sean Rodriguez #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a ball hit by Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 04: Sean Rodriguez #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a ball hit by Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 05: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox slides into second base as Yunel Escobar #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays tries to make the catch during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 05: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox slides into second base as Yunel Escobar #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays tries to make the catch during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 05:  David Ortiz #34 picks up Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 05: David Ortiz #34 picks up Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes the field before Game Three of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes the field before Game Three of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates an out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates an out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals tags out Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at second base at an attempted steal in the eighth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals tags out Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at second base at an attempted steal in the eighth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks off the field with first base coach Rick Sofield #41 after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks off the field with first base coach Rick Sofield #41 after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

Now that things have calmed down here in Boston following my eight days of helping out the news team on the Boston Marathon bombing coverage, I’ll put up some images from the last couple of weeks that include some new ideas, taking some chances, and a lot of light chasing!

Enjoy…

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a media briefing in the parking lot of the Watertown Mall on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a media briefing in the parking lot of the Watertown Mall on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CAMBRIDGE, MA - APRIL 19: Residents are evacuated as members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – APRIL 19: Residents are evacuated as members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: A woman reacts while being questioned by the Cambridge Police and other law enforcement agencies on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: A woman reacts while being questioned by the Cambridge Police and other law enforcement agencies on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: Members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  Two police officers share a laugh while securing the area around Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Two police officers share a laugh while securing the area around Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 22:  An American flag sits atop the Franklin Street sign while many different members of law enforcement investigate the scene on April 22, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 22: An American flag sits atop the Franklin Street sign while many different members of law enforcement investigate the scene on April 22, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  Spectators clap and cheer while law enforcement was leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Spectators clap and cheer while law enforcement was leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 22: Andrew Belli, 30, Pastoral Assistant of the Redeemer Fellowship Church, rings the bell in the steeple at 2:51pm following the moment of silence on the one week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 22, 2013 at the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 22: Andrew Belli, 30, Pastoral Assistant of the Redeemer Fellowship Church, rings the bell in the steeple at 2:51pm following the moment of silence on the one week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 22, 2013 at the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O'Neill, touches the head of a young boy during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O’Neill, touches the head of a young boy during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O'Neill stands and listens to a pastor's words during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O’Neill stands and listens to a pastor’s words during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Residents of Watertown stand during a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Residents of Watertown stand during a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: A young boy holds a lit candle and an American flag atop his father's shoulders during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 16: A young boy holds a lit candle and an American flag atop his father’s shoulders during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: People gather and light candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 16: People gather and light candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

STONEHAM, MA - APRIL 23: A Somerville Police officer salutes as he walks past the hearse carrying the casket of the slain MIT police officer, Sean Collier, following the funeral at St Patrick's Church on April 23, 2013 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

STONEHAM, MA – APRIL 23: A Somerville Police officer salutes as he walks past the hearse carrying the casket of the slain MIT police officer, Sean Collier, following the funeral at St Patrick’s Church on April 23, 2013 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks fights for possession of the loose ball with Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks fights for possession of the loose ball with Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the New York Knicks in overtime during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the New York Knicks in overtime during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: A young fan receives the game-worn pair of shoes from Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics following their overtime win against the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: A young fan receives the game-worn pair of shoes from Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics following their overtime win against the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates after making a three-point shot to end the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates after making a three-point shot to end the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball in front of Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball in front of Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Erik Condra #22 of the Ottawa Senators is midair after being hit by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Erik Condra #22 of the Ottawa Senators is midair after being hit by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out the side to end the game and win 6-5 against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out the side to end the game and win 6-5 against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Andy Parrino #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Andy Parrino #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Chris Young #25 of the Oakland Athletics trots around second base after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Chris Young #25 of the Oakland Athletics trots around second base after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: John McDonald #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tosses to second base against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: John McDonald #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tosses to second base against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

For the first time since I started shooting, I covered Opening Day that wasn’t in Pittsburgh. The backdrop was still magical. The photographer’s covering it all great people. Plenty of ‘what if’s’ from a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year. And with Joel Hanrahan, Nate McLouth, Pedro Ciriaco, Steve Pearce, and John Russell in the building you would’ve thought I was at PNC Park.

But this is a much different team than last year with a lot to prove. If Monday is any small sample of what is to come, I expect to see some really great pitching and a ton of runs scored between the big bats and the small ball that’s played by this eclectic Red Sox team.

And most importantly, the sun is out and it’s warm! I love you TD Garden but this fresh air is much needed. Here’s to another exciting year of baseball and enjoy the images!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Fans enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Fans enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: A young fan is the first to enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: A young fan is the first to enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Fans enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Fans enter Fenway Park prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster while the national anthem is sung prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: The American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster while the national anthem is sung prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Bats sit outside of the Baltimore Orioles dugout prior to the Opening Day game against the Boston Red Sox on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Bats sit outside of the Baltimore Orioles dugout prior to the Opening Day game against the Boston Red Sox on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws the first pitch to Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws the first pitch to Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox bobbles a ground ball towards first base before tossing it for the out against Ryan Flaherty #3 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox bobbles a ground ball towards first base before tossing it for the out against Ryan Flaherty #3 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles jumps up to catch a line drive at third base against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles jumps up to catch a line drive at third base against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Daniel Nava #29 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates while trotting around first base after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning off of Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Daniel Nava #29 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates while trotting around first base after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning off of Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Daniel Nava #29 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates near the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning off of Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Daniel Nava #29 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates near the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning off of Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox signals a pop fly to a teammate during the Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox signals a pop fly to a teammate during the Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Joel Hanrahan #52 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Joel Hanrahan #52 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game on April 8, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates teammates Josh Harrison #5 and Matt Hague #65 following his walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game on April 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

25 year-old center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen, signed a 6-year, $51.5 million contract this spring.

Yesterday he showed why he’s so valuable, hitting the game winning walk-off single off of the wall into deep center field – the second in as many games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

After traveling with a group of players and coaches covering their Winter Caravan, I know no other guy on the team deserved a long-term deal more than Andrew. He always makes for great images throughout the year and showed some of that in the first series of the year.

Here are some of my favorites of #22 Andrew McCutchen from the first couple games I covered…

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game on April 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning in front of Brian Schneider #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the game on April 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates wears a balloon hat that flew onto the field during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)