It was once again a picture perfect night for baseball in Arlington as the Rangers and Cardinals readied for Game for Game Four of the 2011 World Series.
Game Four was the complete opposite of Game Three. It was all about pitching, specifically the pitching of Rangers southpaw Derek Holland. Holland spun eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball as the Rangers came away with a 4-0 victory to knot the Series up at two games apiece.
My shooting position for Game Four was in a freshly created elevated spot along the first base line. It doesn’t compare to the spectacular elevated position we have in St. Louis (from which I am scheduled to shoot Game Six from Wednesday night), but with the help and persistence of MLB Photos Director of Photography Rich Pilling communicating our needs to the Rangers stadium operations department, a riser built high enough for us to see over the heads of standing Rangers fans was built just prior to the Game. There is no avoiding hands held high waving rally towels, but in that case, you just shoot through the frenzy of towels and hope to make one decent frame. It worked out very well.
The Rangers win made one thing certain… we would be heading back to St. Louis for a deciding sixth or seventh game. There hasn’t been a seven game Series since 2001, which helped fuel the excitement for our return trip to the City by the Arch. The only fly in the ointment is the weather forecast for Wednesday night., which as of now is a 70% chance of rain at game time. Could be worse. 100% would have me a bit worried. No rain outs please! I’ve got plans for Friday night, and would hate to have them cancelled! Mother Nature, once again, will be in charge. Be nice, my lady weather friend!
The Rangers displayed some nice defense while shutting down Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals lineup, particulary Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler.
Mike Napoli was the offensive hero of Game Four, breaking open a tight 1-0 game with a mosterours three-run home run in the sixth inning. Napoli turned around a first ball fast ball delivered by Mitchell Boggs to give Holland and Neftei Perez all the run support they needed to bring home a Ranger win.
My Game Five update will follow shortly. With a travel day set for today, I am soon to be boarding my Southwest flight and meet up with the rest of the MLB Photos team for dinner tonight at Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill. That in itself is worth the trip back to St. Louis. Until then, so long from Arlington.