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America's Favorite Pastime


It's October!  And for all of you who don't know, this is the month when the National and American leagues of Major League Baseball go into their championship play-off games prior to the World Series, begining October 24th.

Donica and I LOVE to watch baseball on TV but also try to get to at least one Atlanta Braves game every year.  They're part of the National League but, sadly, are not part of the post season this time around.

So, here's a week of baseball pics from when we attended the game between Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros (that would be Martin's team, I assume!) on August 2nd.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


America's Favorite Pastime


It's October!  And for all of you who don't know, this is the month when the National and American leagues of Major League Baseball go into their championship play-off games prior to the World Series, begining October 24th.

Donica and I LOVE to watch baseball on TV but also try to get to at least one Atlanta Braves game every year.  They're part of the National League but, sadly, are not part of the post season this time around.

So, here's a week of baseball pics from when we attended the game between Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros (that would be Martin's team, I assume!) on August 2nd.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (45)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2007, 00:18
Ginnie this is also a 1st for me as I have never been to a baseball game until now. Love the action in this shot and the crowd but what caught my eye was the single cloud. As you may have already guessed I love all kinds of sports and like to participate if I can. wink wink
Ginnie Hart: I love all kinds of sports as well, Tracy. So now I'm glad to give you a bit of education on one of our biggest sports (besides football--NOT soccer! smile ).
A very classic, American moment smile I like the cloud!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jewlya. smile
Oh you jammy thing, to have a partner that's into baseball. Ooooh I'm so jealous and it's a very nice shot you've got here.

J smile
Ginnie Hart: We BOTH love sports, Johnny, and yes, I know I'm very lucky! smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Oct 2007, 00:58
Brilliant screenfull of colour and action, Ginnie.
The screen, and its support cables radiating to the top of the image, provide a very attractive finishing touch.
But it would be just another really competent sports panorama if you had not included the pink cloud!
Ginnie Hart: Day was dying, Ray, so yes, I was very lucky to have that cloud thrown in as frosting on the cake! smile Thanks.
  • ChaCha
  • Untied States
  • 1 Oct 2007, 02:04
Nice one Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sweetie.
lovely colors, I hope to attend one of these someday.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing you'll now have to wait till next year, Dotun! Go sometime just to say you did it. grin
  • onada
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2007, 03:14
i love the vividness of this shot. you got it perfectly. I recently went to my first baseball game about 2 weeks ago and it looked just like your picture!!
Ginnie Hart: Glad you can concur, Onada. There's always so much going on it's sometimes hard to concentrate on the game! smile Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2007, 05:55
Though i still don't understand the game i admire the way baseball fans follow the game religiously. Superb image.
Ginnie Hart: HA! It's almost as simple as "3 strikes and you're out," Rags. We use that expression in many other situations but it definitely is what baseball is all about. Get the other team out! smile
Brilliant shot... love all the things going on in the photo. Candyflos for sale, the pink cloud, the big illuminated score board, action on the field... I feel like I am there. Looks like it has such a vibe. Cool stuff Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yup, that's cotton candy down there, Gale...a baseball staple. smile Glad you can feel the vibe from this pic. Thanks.
un jour faudrat que j'essie de comprendre quelque chose à ce sport!
très belle photo
Ginnie Hart: It really is a fun sport, O-P, but not nearly as fast-acting as soccer or our football/basketball. Still, we all love it...well, most of us, that is. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Oct 2007, 06:56
What a brilliant panorama- photo! The atmosphere in such a great stadion on the evening, the vividness on the playing-field, the thousands of visitors on the balconies, the advertisings and so on- all details are depictured excellently, I can imagine to be present at this deciding play in Atlanta! But the most beautiful detail is: the pink cloud !!! =-O
Ginnie Hart: You're doing a good job of imagining you were here at the game, Philine. Good for you! Thanks.
  • Olaide
  • Fort Collins, CO USA
  • 1 Oct 2007, 08:15
wow...this is awesome. The very best.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Olaide. smile
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 1 Oct 2007, 08:30
Great sport/action capture Ginnie smile
The guy in the yellow shirt in the bottom right corner,
A - wearing a very big hat
B - selling something
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's cotton candy, Magnus, one of our baseball staples. If my grandson had been with us, we would have gotten some to share. smile Thanks.
Strrriiikkke! You struck very well here, Ginnie. My oldest son is a huge Yankee's fan (it's in the genes)and gets to a few games every year. It is quite an atmosphere to be there isn't it?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes. Nothing like the ball stadium, Mary. There's usually so much going on that it's hard to concentrate on the game (which you are better able to do on TV). smile Glad to see someone else is a baseball fan, even if it IS for "that" team. grin
Lets hope the Braves do better next time round . Very nice shot !!
Ginnie Hart: We had about 13 years in a row when we went to the post season, Shakara, and won the World Series once. We almost made the Wild Card this year. Oh well. Now we start hoping for next year! smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2007, 09:12
This is a very different shot for you Ginnie and it looks great. That pink cloud is something else altogether, absolutely makes the composition.

Cannot leave without a dig about the mystery of the "World Series". Do you invite other countries to play?

Go Astros GO!
Ginnie Hart: I guess different is good, right, Mike? grin

That "world" series is a mystery for us as well but I'm guessing it's because Canada is included. Talk about a misnomer! smile
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 1 Oct 2007, 10:06
Being an Englishman I have to say I prefer cricket Ginnie...watching England on TV right now wink I like the players stances here as the balls been hit.

Now about the 'World Series'! grin
Ginnie Hart: Your cricket would be to me what our baseball is to you, Chris, because I have never seen a full game, nor do I know the rules. So, you'll have to do a series for me on cricket! smile

That "world" also includes Canada, so it certainly does seem like a misnomer, doesn't it!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 1 Oct 2007, 10:17
Wow, what a great frozen moment! Right after the batter hit the ball, and yes, all those outfielders ready and waiting. Yes, the cloud is what caught my eye first too. Great photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. Do you and Don ever find yourself wanting to go to a Tigers' game, I wonder? After I've been to one game a year, it's usually enough because I really can't concentrate as well when I'm there in person. Too much going on to distract me. smile
great capture of the game
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chantal.
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2007, 12:21
hmmm, means nothing to me but i'll keep an interested eye on here and perhaps i might learn somethingsmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll be glad if I can do my job to educate you a bit, David. grin Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Oct 2007, 12:34
Great baseballrama. So much detail. I just can't pick out the ball. Which countries compete in the world series?

In France we have the rugby World Cup - much more to my liking. After yesterday nite's game the USA is out of the World Cup.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing the ball is in the catcher's mitt, Louis! smile And yes, that "world" happens to include a tad bit of Canada, so it really is quite the misnomer, isn't it!

Too bad about the USA in the World Cup. We know soccer best through the US women (who at least won 3rd place this year!) and our kids. Maybe one year men's soccer here will be as big as it is elsewhere. In the meantime, it'll have to be our baseball and football (NOT soccer).
Hey Ginnie this is a terrific picture but I will never understand this American passion for "rounders". I'll stick with cricket. By the way did you know that The football ground that Derby County used to paly at until recently was called the baseball ground? It started life as a baseball ground in the late 19th century but changed to football (Soccer) which became more popular. I think Derby's nickname of the Rams has a baseball connection.
Ginnie Hart: Wow. You learn something new every day here on SC. Thanks for all the great info, Bill. smile
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 1 Oct 2007, 14:04
LOL, baseball is one of the abiding mysteries of the world to me. I know there is a team here, and I believe I have even seen them play, but it was a business event and I certainly wasn't paying much attention to the game.
Ginnie Hart: Shame on you, Martin!!!! Did those words really come out of YOUR mouth?! grin

Well, it's true, there are some people around who do NOT like baseball, but it's not usually the men, or the men from an actual city that has a team. (Guess I'll rub it in.)
This photography is brilliant, Ginnie. It is how if it had ignited the television and was seeing the party! Best! grin
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Just turn on your TV the next few days and you'll see what we see at the Atlanta Braves' home field! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • brisbane
  • 1 Oct 2007, 14:16
A first for me too. Is that fairy floss being sold in the right corner. The cloud reminded me of fairy floss, so I may just be craving sweet things. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: I've never heard it called 'fairy floss,' Aussie. How cute. We call it cotton candy! A baseball staple. And yes, the cloud does remind me of it. smile Thanks.
Batter Up!!!! This is a really nice stadium shot. Love the color.
Ginnie Hart: Batter up is tomorrow, Gail. grin (How did you know!) Thanks.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 1 Oct 2007, 15:16
your framing here is great ginnie and the cloud alluding to another world outside baseball is very nice
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Neal!
Very nice....you had some mailboxes once...if I don't remember wrong...that was very US to me....but this is even more US. The players look like they are fake - in a good way, almost like a computer game....cool...
Ginnie Hart: This is definitely very USA, Aksel! I hadn't thought about a video game but I think you're right. How cool is that! smile
hmmmm I can smell the beer and hotdogs wink
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes. Me, too! smile Thanks, Will.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2007, 16:27
This is very clear Ginnie for an evening shot, with great colours. The cloud is a fine finishing touch.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I took my gorilla tripod, Ingrid, and practiced with different settings. I was having so much fun. smile Thanks.
Impressive stadium. We do not play baseball here... and I must admit that I do know the rules of the game...
Thank you again Ginnie for all your messages on my blog. You'll never know how it delights me... above all these days where I'm close to give up publication on my blog.
Ginnie Hart: You better NOT give up your blog, Flo. I, for one, will be up in arms, if you do. We need you!!!

Thanks, as always, for your comments here.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 1 Oct 2007, 17:30
Wow splendid action and colored shot ! The composition is all right too Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland. It was a fun night. smile
GREAT shot! shows the game perfectly and everything that goes with it. The pink cloud makes it just that bit more special

...and just for the record...the USA's loss yesterday was no disgrace. 15 amatuers against full time hardened pros is always gonna be one sided. Thank god rugby is not bigger in the states!... smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, you are very kind about the US loss. One of these days our men will be big in soccer, we hope, just like our women are...and our kids. I guess our baseball and football men (NOT soccer) really are hard to sway to a new sport! Too bad.

Anyway, thanks for your comment, Liam!
Wish I was with you Ginnie! reminds me of my visit at the Detroit Tigers in 1978, I visited Grand Rapids with my fastpitch softballteam!
Great pictures, those clouds at the background!! Thanks for the website of the Braves
Ginnie Hart: My dad watched the Tigers when I grew up in Michigan, Astrid...just about every day that they were on TV! He was a fanatic. But I don't think he ever went to a game in his life. I would have loved to take him to one here in Atlanta (he died in 1995). Donica used to coach girls' fast-pitch softball, so the game is really in our blood! smile Thanks.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2007, 18:55
I went to see the Braves in Atlanta in 1978! lol, I am getting old. And they beat the Red Socks that day to. mal
Ginnie Hart: Oh wow, Mal. That was before we had moved here, when we were still in California. And you can remember that they beat the Red Sox? Man! You do have a memory! Thanks for sharing it. smile
Incredibly powerful shot Ginnie. Are they watching a screen?
Ginnie Hart: That screen in the background tells everyone the stats of the players and then also shows random live shots of people in the stadium. It's fun to watch in between innings! smile Thanks, Chris.
That red cloud is really curious. In one way it is a bit of a distraction...But how could a photographer resist using it. By the way we play this game very seriously in Britain...It's called ''rounders'' and played by primary kids(under 11). Great action shot ...was the batter able to get a 'home run'(hope I've got the jargon right)? richard.
Ginnie Hart: That cloud distracted me for a good hour, Richard, as the sun set on it. And you're right, I couldn't resist it! smile

I have a feeling the ball is in the catcher's mitt and NOT a home run. smile Thanks for stopping by.
  • Pilgrim
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2007, 19:48
Great image Ginnie - although I haven't a clue about your National Game.I see you got some help from above to put the icing on the cake with the sun catching the cloud - and this makes it for me. David.
Ginnie Hart: That help from above was delightful for me, David, and just made the game better, in spite of our losing it. Thanks.
  • bridge
  • Nigeria
  • 1 Oct 2007, 20:27
Really love this Ginnie, nothing else to say.
Ginnie Hart: That's enough for me, Bridge. Thanks. smile
This is great Ginnie, scale, colour, dynamic - got it allsmile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Nigel. Thanks.
This looks real clear Ginnie, it looks like the kind of picture you get when you watch American TV programs.
Ginnie Hart: Yes it does, Sesan. Thanks. smile
  • Stacey
  • Canada
  • 1 Oct 2007, 20:43
It's almost like I am there, Ginnie - or I want to be! I love baseball..
Ginnie Hart: I'll pretend you're here, Stacey! But soon I'll be joining you at sea! smile
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2007, 22:36
like the shot. works so well in many ways smile
never have been able to get my head around any American sport :p
Ginnie Hart: HA! You'd catch on after one game, Deji, because it's quite a slow-paced game. smile Thanks.
This really is an outstanding photo of a rounders match. Spot on exposure and such depth of colour. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dave. Thank you kindly.
Oh, very cool! Did you get to see yourselves on the big screen?
Ginnie Hart: HA! How embarrassing. Thank God, NO! smile

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