BlueClaws team photographer Dave Schofield is down in Florida for spring training and is doing some blogging for us at BlueClaws Blog. Click here to read his first entry and below, find his second.
Sometimes during spring training, surprises come along that simply delight me and the job I am so fortunate to be doing. On March 5, a Monday, I was up very early to photograph the Phillies minor leaguers headshots for three Philies minor league teams; Reading Phillies, Clearwater threshers and our own Lakewood BlueClaws. Early starts are nothing new to me. Most teams want their headshots done early before the players begin their morning workouts at about 9am.
My schedule on this particular day called for me to photograph the Yankees against the Phillies in Brighthouse Networks Field, the home of the Phillies during spring training and the home of the Clearwater Threshers during the season.
As I walked onto the field during batting practice, I noticed across the field, Al Santisiere, the editor and publisher of Yankees magazine. I am responsible for many of the Yankees minor league photos that appear in Yankees Magazine and Al and I have become good friends. He approached me and told me that he was about to do an interview in the Phillies dugout and that I might want to get some photos of it. He was sure correct about that!
Al was about to conduct an interview with two Hall of Famers: Reggie Jackson and Michael Jack Schmidt. One of the really wonderful things about spring training is the sheer number of former players who are around during camp. I suspect that most teams want former players around so that the young players can learn from them the importance of dedication and work to sustaining a major league career.
It is fun to watch some of the younger players reactions to the like of Schmidt and Jackson as they show up at the ballpark.
I noticed that the temperature at FirstEnergy Park has been in the 60s, that sounds really nice. It has been sunny and in the 80s here in Florida, perfect weather for both playing and photographing baseball. Friday is the last day of headshots for me as I will be doing the New Hampshire Fishercats of the Blue Jays.
The Yankees played the Phillies in each of their first three spring games, that is quite unusual for spring training, but since many of the teams have left Florida for Arizona, some measures had to be taken to insure that teams would have games every day. On the 14th of March, all of the minor league teams will begin their games.
When the minor league games start I will post some photos from both the Phillies and Yankees camps. This is a perfect situation for the baseball fan. There are two games being played at one time at the minor league camps. For the Phillies on one day both A teams will play and the AA and AAA teams will travel, usually to either Tampa to play the Yankees or Dunedin to play the BlueJays.