The White Sox Win 2-0 Behind Some Great Pitching By Jeff Samardzija

Yesterday I made my first trip to U.S. Cellular Field to see the White Sox play this season. I normally would have been to a game much earlier in the season, but this year my schedule just has not allowed it. It was great to be back in the park for sure. I made my way out to the outfield concourse first to see the Minnie Minoso statue. He was a big part of what I knew baseball to be, and this was my first trip to the park since his passing. I also saw the Paul Konerko statue for the first time. Paulie was one of my favorite players of all time. Seeing his likeness in bronze was a weird feeling. I was happy to see the honors for him, but I like a lot of people would still love to see him play. My day at the park was a great one. I had a great seat, and the White Sox pulled out the victory. As you will read later in the year I went to my first Major League game thirty years ago this season. It was a late August contest between the White Sox and the Blue Jays. The White Sox lost that game in 1985, but they were able to pull this one out today. A lot has happened in that span of time, but I still love to see the White Sox play in person.

Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9, 2015

Seeing Jeff Samardzija Pitch Again

Jeff Samardzija is an interesting case for me. I have seen him play for a while now. At Notre Dame he was known more for his talents on the football field. I saw him have some great days at receiver. One game at Purdue sticks out in my mind. I also made my way to The Eck on Friday nights to see Jeff pitch for the Notre Dame baseball team. A chance encounter in LaPorte with his relatives led to a trip to Lansing to see Jeff pitch in low A ball. Of course I saw him pitch a few times for the bad guys across town, but I was pumped to finally get to see him pitch for the White Sox. His signing was a big deal this offseason for the club. He did not disappoint going the distance pitching a four hit shutout. I hope that he will still be with the club after the trade deadline.

Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox hits a triple against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Adam Eaton is Fun to Watch

I really like watching Adam Eaton play. I don’t get to watch very many Sox games, but he seems to do something interesting whenever I do see a game. He plays the game the way that I think that I may have. He tripled, and then scored on a wild pitch to give the Sox the only run that they would need on the day. If I covered the White Sox my camera would be on Adam quite a bit. He just seems to do things that would make for interesting photos. Just scoring on a wild pitch makes for an interesting shot as he had to be pushed off of the plate by Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey. That photo is below in the bonus section.

Bonus Photos

I had a great vantage point to make photos from during the game. Here area  few that I liked from the contest. This section is a bit longer than it is for most games. I shoot a lot of baseball, but I do not shoot the White Sox very often. I would love to shoot the team from the photo wells. I get to do a lot of cool things as a photographer, but that one is the Everest for me. Click on the photos to see them larger.

Carlos Sanchez of the Chicago White Sox signs autographs before a game
Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9, 2015




Jose Abreu of the White Sox bats against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9, 2015



Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox hits a triple against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox hits a triple against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey pushes Adam Eaton of the White Sox after Eaton scored on a wild pitch to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead
Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9, 2015

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

4 responses »

  1. You pulled this off from your seat beyond the third base bag? Nicely done. Surely you had a big lens with you.

    • Pinola Photo says:

      Thanks Mike. I had a 70-200 with a 1.4x on a crop frame body. It got me in pretty tight.

      • No issues with security obviously. I had a heck of a time discussing (unsuccessfully) why my 7D and 70-300mm was not a “professional” camera at a Bills game last year. I suppose MLB and NFL have different policies.

      • Pinola Photo says:

        You would think that since Canon is a big NFL sponsor that they would allow the cameras. I have had similar issues with football. I usually get a comment about shooting the moon from security, but they have always let me in.

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