Wrapping up photo assignments

It’s hard to believe that I’m less than six weeks away from leaving for DC.  Given all there is to do, I’m trying to scale back the number of photo assignments.     The sporting gods, however, are conspiring against me.  The Giants are playing meaningful baseball games in September for the first time since cutting ties with Barry Bonds.  The college football season just started.  And Tiger Woods is coming to San Francisco to lead the best U.S. golfers against the best of the rest in the President’s Cup.  Right now, the ramp-down schedule looks like this:

9/11:  Giants v. Dodgers baseball

9/12:  Utah (#17) v. San Jose St. football

9/14:  Giants v. Rockies baseball

9/19:  San Jose St. v. Stanford football

9/26:  Washington v. Stanford football

10/6-10/11:  President’s Cup golf during the day and, fingers crossed, Giants in the National League Divisional Series

I’ve enjoyed shooting an incredible variety of sporting events and have been lucky enough not only to see my work appear online and in print, but also to get paid for it.  There is something about baseball, perhaps because it was the first sport I truly loved as a kid.  Every once in awhile, routine becomes ballet and a combination of an educated guess, timing, and blind luck results in an image that’s fun for me to look at more than once.  Here are a couple of pics from Monday’s game:

07 September 2009:  San Francisco Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) makes a leaping throw during the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.

07 September 2009:  San Francisco Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand (33) dives head first into second base after a second inning double during the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.

As much as I’m looking forward to the foreign service and the challenges it will bring, I’m going to miss the dugouts and sidelines.