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

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

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

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

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

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

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Covering the United States Women’s National team is one of my favorite assignments, hands down. The world’s #1 team just also happens to also be a fun, energetic group that always makes for great pictures. In my third time covering the team since 2009, they continued that trend of great play, lots of goal scoring, and an atmosphere and fan support that gets better with each match.

Here are my images from their most recent friendly match against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, June 15th. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National team head coach Tom Sermanni looks on during warm ups prior to the game against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National team head coach Tom Sermanni looks on during warm ups prior to the game against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National forward Abby Wambach #20 leads her team in warm ups prior to the game against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National forward Abby Wambach #20 leads her team in warm ups prior to the game against Korea Republic 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 her goal after scoring past Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Jungmi #1 in the first half 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 her goal after scoring past Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Jungmi #1 in the first half 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)

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

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

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: Korea Republic defender Kim Hyeri #20 and Korea Republic defender Lim Seonjoo #6 lay on the ground after a shot by the US Womens National team during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: Korea Republic defender Kim Hyeri #20 and Korea Republic defender Lim Seonjoo #6 lay on the ground after a shot by the US Womens National team 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 Heather O'Reilly #9 crosses the ball in front of Korea Republic defender Kim Hyeri #20 in the first half 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 Heather O’Reilly #9 crosses the ball in front of Korea Republic defender Kim Hyeri #20 in the first half 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 Tobin Heath #17 jumps into the arms of teammate US Womens National midfielder Lauren Cheney #12 following Cheny's 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 Tobin Heath #17 jumps into the arms of teammate US Womens National midfielder Lauren Cheney #12 following Cheny’s 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 forward Abby Wambach #20 and Korea Republic defender Shim Seoyeon #4 fight for the ball in the second half 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 forward Abby Wambach #20 and Korea Republic defender Shim Seoyeon #4 fight for the ball in the second half 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 forward Abby Wambach #20 celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick late in the second 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 forward Abby Wambach #20 celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick late in the second 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: Head coach Tom Sermanni of the US Womens National team answers questions from the media following their 4-1 win 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: Head coach Tom Sermanni of the US Womens National team answers questions from the media following their 4-1 win 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 and US Womens National defender Christie Rampone #3 sign autographs for fans following their 4-1 win 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 and US Womens National defender Christie Rampone #3 sign autographs for fans following their 4-1 win against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sydney Leroux #11 of the United States takes a picture with a fan following their 2-2 draw against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Well, I had been lucky ALL of baseball season to avoid any bad rainy games. Even football season so far has been dry and warm. After covering the introduction and press conference of the new Red Sox manager, last night’s United States women’s soccer match in Connecticut against Germany made up for it when it started sprinkling during introductions and by the end of the first half was raining so hard you could barely see the pitch. However, I came prepared for a hurricane and stayed mostly dry. I can’t say the same for everyone though – especially the video guy in a suit with no rain jacket whatsoever. In the end, the US women ended the match in a 2-2 draw, with both of their games against Germany ending in a tie.

Here are the images of the other people who had no choice but to get soaked:

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States goes up for a header against Saskia Burtusiak #3 of Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

 

German women’s national team head coach Silvia Neid watches her team warm up prior to the game against the United States on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Anja Mittag #11 of Germany reaches for the ball in front of Amy LePeilbet #6 of the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half on a header in front of Babett Peter #4 of Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Saskia Burtusiak #3 of Germany covers her face following a foul against the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Dzsenifer Marozsan #14 of Germany celebrates following her goal in the second half against the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tobin Heath #17, Abby Wambach #14 and members of the United States celebrates following Heath’s goal in the second half against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tobin Heath #17 of the United States celebrates following her goal in the second half against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States covers her face in front of Annike Krahn #5 of Germany after just missing on a shot in the second half during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)