Jon SooHoo is in his 30th year as a photographer covering the Dodgers, and he just celebrated the anniversary with one of the greatest shots of his career. SooHoo, whose LA Photog Blog has been one of the most popular spaces at MLB.com/blogs over the past five years, captured the widely seen photo Tuesday at Wrigley Field of Cub fan Keith Hartley interfering with Adrian Gonzalez and catching a baseball while holding his baby. The umps got it right, the fan got the ball, baby Isaac got fed, and SooHoo got the remarkable shot. I traded emails with SooHoo today for a first-hand account of the photo, plus some of the follow-up photos he took at the bottom of this Q&A. Take a look:
What was your reaction when you knew you were getting this photo?
Most of the time I carry a body with long lens and a body with a short zoom lens and because the photo wells are so close to the fans and the field, you never know what you can get if you bring the extra body with a smaller zoom. This play I had the camera up to begin with and once I could see the ball in flight and knew it wasn’t close to hitting me, I started to focus on Adrian as he came closer and then it happened.
Can you describe your proximity with regard to the photogs’ well and the fan?
I was in the first base photo well and I had the far right position in the well. The ironic part is that there were two empty seats between me and Mr. Hartley who just so happened to leave their seats after we hit three outs earlier. Everything happens for a reason when the Godforce is involved.
Did Adrian see the pic, and any reaction from him?
I didn’t ask him as we were all trying to make the first bus.
Did you have any interaction with Hartley after the play?
I did. I showed him the picture and he was pretty geeked about it. It was quite overwhelming.
What was he (and the baby) like after this happened?
He was pumped, posing for pictures and TV interviews.
Obviously you had to return to other subjects on the field, but just wondering what happened after you got the shot.
This is only my second day being able to transmit my images live, from my camera to my ipad out through my email to the Dodger Social Media guy Matt Mesa, who put the image up.
Where does this rank among the best baseball photos you have ever taken…from your own point of view? When you look at it closer, you even have Adrian seemingly looking at you, and you can see how closely the first-base umpire and crew chief Jerry Meals is following it, before he initially ruled it a foul ball.
It ranks way up there due to all of the factors coming into play: (1) Going live from camera to iPad to email the night before; (2) The right camera equipment at the right time; (3) the two fans between us leaving their seats; (4) the catch; and (5) the house wireless signal strong enough to get the picture out.
Here were subsequent photos captured by SooHoo after the catch:
And here’s a closer look at SooHoo’s proximity and aim:
Memo to fans, don’t interfere with balls in play.
– Mark Newman / MLB.com
On a hot day in August, I am waiting for October. And as I just wrote on MLB.com, I am waiting for a lot more than that as a Baseball fan. I am waiting for a Cubs parade, my loaded Hall of Fame ballot this December, another Dodger Dog and more. I hope you will read my own list, share that story and then blog about what YOU are waiting for as a fan. A title for your team? Of course. An autograph from your favorite player or legend? Sure. But you are waiting for more than that. It’s what makes you a fan, what makes you blog, what you love about the game.
Please include your Permalink in comments here so we can find your own list!
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WSJ writes about an MLBlogger: Great piece by Hannah Karp (with video) about Dining with ‘Dre, the MLBlog about cuisine, maintained by Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. . . . Phillies fans are feeling good. This could be the second straight year for a dazzling September comeback by those guys. BTW, do you realize that right now the red-hot Marlins have a record that would be good for a share of the NL West lead? They are playing some great ball…actually not out of it. . . . Restless Crew fan. . . . While so many people are caught up in the Cubs’ developments, you may have noticed that the other Chicago team is very much on postseason course: http://bradcws.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/09/grand_day_for_the_white_sox.html
Making sure you saw Mark DeRosa’s latest post from neutral-site Milwaukee before he made a huge play to help preserve Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter. Also making sure everyone sees all the great posts about the no-hitter, starting with:
That’s the MLB.com article by our friend Rafael in Venezuela, who also posted this on his Space Race MLBlog: http://spacerace.mlblogs.com/
This Cub fan said it was a bad idea to move the series: http://bluecheese.mlblogs.com/ (he wrote that before the no-hitter).
Please feel free to post your Permalinks if you’ve blogged about Z and this incredible ongoing Cub story…
the same goes for all these Jeter blogs. The captain just caught Lou
Gehrig for No. 1 all-time with most hits at Yankee Stadium. Examples
Lots of you are blogging about Manny. Like Sarah and Ian and The Heirloom and Rob (VP of Red Sox Nation). Leave a comment here with your URL if you are doing likewise. Andre Ethier is not blogging about Manny. ‘Dre is blogging about food. Mark DeRosa is not blogging about Manny. The Pulse says to “Bring on the Brewers.”
Gibson is not blogging about Manny. Gibson is dreaming about October.
nǐ dài wǒ qù nǎlǐ? (where are you taking me?)
wǒ bèibǔle ma? (am i under arrest?)
wǒ xīwàng gēn lǜshī liánxì (i want to talk to a lawyer)
nǐ qīpiàn wǒ (you’re cheating me)
qǐng zàilái yìlún (another round, please)
Yes, your friendly neighborhood MLBlogs rancher is bound for Beijing next week and the Summer Olympics. I have never been on that side of the world. I have no prayer whatsoever of speaking Mandarin. Even if I could learn “useful phrases” I would have to master the five different “tonalities” and thus I risk asking for coke instead of a Coke and thus I should know those phrases above. Seriously, inasmuch as I am from Indiana and thus still learning my own language, I welcome any input.
I will be with the USA Baseball Team wherever they go for MLB.com and USABaseball.com, from the Wall to the pandas to the Opening/Closing ceremonies to the competition at Wukesong Stadium from Aug. 13-23. We’ll have one of the players blog here as well. So I anticipate many translators. But there will be times when I am winging it and that is when it will get interesting. I am basically going to carry a “playbook” around with me (printouts, manuals, whatever it takes) and point to stuff. I might never open my mouth there, except when I am gasping for air while training 30 miles a week in smog. I am sure I would do nothing but possibly wind up in a prison or something. And let’s hope the security is up to the task because I’m already tired of reading about terrorist plots.
Seriously, it is a great time of year and I can’t wait to be there for it. I don’t know about you, but I grew up with those McDonald’s cards that would give you a Big Mac for gold, fries for silver and a drink for bronze depending on what event is listed on the card. I grew up with Mark Spitz, Mary Lou Retton, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, and the voices of Jim McKay, Bob Costas, and that singular Olympiad music. I am looking forward to being around a team of players whose lives normally are a single-minded obsession of reaching a parent MLB roster, yet now focused on representing a nation. Next stop Beijing, next week…
Welcome to the proprietor of Brewing for Glory, who is ready for Crew vs. Cubs again. Welcome to Ever Ever After, who seems to have been touched by the October Gonzo spirit. (Did you vote on OG’s blog? Aaron Boone’s walk-off homer in 2003 is leading in the polling results as of this moment.) By the way, how do you like seeing MLBlogs.com on all of those incredible MLB national TV ad spots that started running at the All-Star Game? This community sure has come a long way in three years, folks.
Here are the highs of being a Blue Jays Fan …
I am just guessing that Pinstriped Ponderings is not voting for McCain. I may be wrong. What do you think? “America’s most disgraced commander-in-chief” — blog author’s words. Hmmm, there have been some doozies. Jeff at Red State Blue State probably oughta weigh in on that MLBlog. One thing I definitely agree with is the comment about Jeff Samardzija. Watched him on the hill for the Cubs yesterday and this is Mark Prior II as far as Cub hysteria.
Welcome to Phillies #1, who is unfazed by a recent meltdown. Welcome to our own MLB.com Organizational Report, which — similar to Trade Talk — is maintained by 30 writers. … If you are a fan out West and you think East Coast Bias is a real thing, then why not start your own MLBlog? This person did. Sometimes I think I spend way too much of my personal time trying to debunk “East Coast Bias” mythology with reasoned replies. I can speak from personal experience on this one. I will write 15 consecutive articles for MLB.com that are teeming with references to Angels and A’s and other West Coast clubs, and if I write a 16th that fails to mention them (ie my Final Vote coverage last month, when there again were no nominees from the AL West), I get nastygrams saying I have East Coast Bias. Trust me, if you want to look like there is an L on your forehead, email MLB.com with a complaint that we have East Coast Bias. No other media entity sends 30 traveling beat writers out into the world with insane amounts of 24/7/365 coverage for all 30 clubs, regardless of W-L standings. But welcome anyway to West Coast Bias. … More MLBlogs traffic-stat fun in the next 24-48 hours!
Remember to leave lots of comments here and on other MLBlogs like OG’s WITH your URL so people can find you. Have fun!
…and here are the lows of being a Blue Jays Fan.