How Jon SooHoo got the best action shot of 2015

Jon SooHoo captures The Catch and says, "Everything happens for a reason." Click photo for high-rez version.

Jon SooHoo captures The Catch and says, “Everything happens for a reason.” Click photo for high-rez version.

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.

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Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo

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:

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Here’s the MLB.com video of the play:

And here’s a closer look at SooHoo’s proximity and aim:

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Memo to fans, don’t interfere with balls in play.

– Mark Newman / MLB.com

Sox Return Home (Finally) and Happy Blogaversary

Mark Newman:

Please join me in wishing a Happy 10th Blogaversary to Chicago White Sox SVP of Communications Scott Reifert and his landmark PRO Blog “Inside the White Sox” at http://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com. His amazing run started in a World Championship season. See his anniversary post and leave him an anno comment…and join us at MLB.com/blogs! – Mark

Originally posted on Inside the White Sox:

Friday, June 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon delivered another quality start, giving up a lone run with a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Sox fell to the Rangers, 2-1, in 11 innings (click on the link below) . Rodon allowed just five hits and walked three…Gordon Beckham, whose average is now at .283, drove in the Sox tally with a sac fly and Adam Eaton added a pair of base hits.

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Quote of the Day

Robin, after last night’s game, on finishing the grueling road trip at 5-6:

“We wish we…

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Discover: Tuesday at MLB.com/blogs mission control

Mark Newman:

We can’t all watch baseball in outer space, but we can watch it from just about everywhere here on the planet and then blog about it. Here’s today’s daily Discover post at http://MLB.com/blogs to help you go into the wild frontier of baseball blogging. Be sure to leave us your blog post URLs so we can send people your way. – Mark

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

CDJz1WaW8AEenQfWe’ve been working with Terry Virts’ NASA team this season to get him MLB.TV full-game broadcasts, so that the commander of Expedition 43 aboard the International Space Station can watch his Astros and other MLB action while he exercises between space work. I interviewed him for a Q&A that was posted today on MLB.com. That’s what you call device-shifting! Take a look at his answers, be sure to follow @AstroTerry on Twitter and post a blog entry about how you watch live out-of-market games and how that fits into your blogging. If you haven’t signed up yet for MLB.TV, now is a good time because we just rolled our our new Web-based media player (Version 5.0) and lowered the price for June. Then leave us a comment below with a link to your post.

My MLB.com colleague Thomas Harding alerted me to this fascinating post from the Detroit Athletic Co. blog detailing…

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Martinez visits local youth league

MLB.com Blogs Usher:

Just in time for the weekend, Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has a new post to his MLB Pro Blog!

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

10257428_975662842486625_5493934585763128425_nThursday was Carlos Martinez Day in Fairmont City, Illinois, as the Cardinals starter stopped by Granby Park to meet youngsters and work with them on baseball skills. The player nicknamed “Tsunami” wrote about the experience in his new MLB Pro Blog, The Wave of Perseverance — complete with photos and video of the event. He also explained why this type of work is so important to him, given his upbringing. Take a look, leave Carlos a comment, and make sure you’re Following his blog so you get notifications of new posts via email!

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Wanted: Mets Inbox submissions

Mark Newman:

Got a question about the Mets? MLB.com beat reporter Anthony DiComo is taking inbox submissions on his blog, a good chance to get something answered by an insider. Also, reminder to post your own blog entries’ permalinks at our new http://MLB.com/blogs portal to drive traffic to your blog.

Originally posted on Mets Cetera:

Do you have a question you’d like answered on Mets.com? A concern? Just feel like saying hello? I’ll be running an Inbox soon and want to answer your questions.

Fill out this form to participate. And be sure to fill out all three boxes, including your first name and last initial, so we can use your question on the site.

Follow me on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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Happy #JerseyDay – whatever your team

Mark Newman:

Join me for #JerseyDay today and next Friday, and post a blog entry showing you rockin your own favorite jersey. Then please make sure to leave a comment at http://MLB.com/blogs with your Permalink so we can do the fashion police thing. – Mark

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

You have our permission to wear a Major League Baseball jersey to work or anywhere else today and next Friday. I’m going with my favorite team’s jersey at the MLB Advanced Media HQ in New York’s Chelsea Market, even though I’m a little ahead of the gun with the Cardinals look. Do you really need an excuse anyway?

Happy Jersey Day

This week I wrote an MLB.com story about #JerseyDay, which is happening today and next Friday. The occasion will be celebrated at 15 MLB ballparks today and then the other 15 ballparks next Friday.

I hope to see a lot of blog posts around here showing you in your baseball jersey. Please leave a comment here with your Permalink so we can track you down and naturally give it a little fashion-police love.

Special thanks to my awesome MLB.com colleague Josh Brown for the hookup. I’ve been collecting a lot more…

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Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Mark Newman:

Discover new blog posts by baseball fans like you as we start the week with the Monday Around the Horn post. We’re using RSS feeds based on interesting fan blogs we already know of, and checking team nickname tags at WordPress.com, for starters. One thing you can help with is leaving URLs of interesting baseball blogs, including your own, at http://MLB.com/blogs in the comments.

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

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From the Corner of Edgar & Dave tells how Felix Hernandez had a Mother’s Day to remember, becoming the fourth-youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,000 strikeouts and passing Randy Johnson for second place on the Mariners’ all-time wins leaderboard with 131. Naturally, King Felix dedicated the game to his mother and his wife. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to reading more from Clarissa, who wrote about a recent visit to Safeco Field in her Clarissa’s World blog.

Michael Pineda made strikeout news of his own on Sunday with a dazzling 16-strikeout, 7-inning outing for the Yankees. The Cutoff Man discusses how pitch count ultimate denied Pineda a shot at Ron Guidry’s franchise single-game strikeout mark of 18.

Gillian felt compelled to share this striking photo of Clayton Kershaw delivery from high up in Dodger Stadium in her That’s G blog. Kershaw wasn’t at his typical best, but Dodger Insider explains how…

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How this ‘Tsunami’ got started

Mark Newman:

Introducing our newest Player blog: Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. He welcomes you with an introductory story about how he got the nickname “Tsunami.” Take a look and leave him questions and comments!

Originally posted on The Wave of Perseverance:

Welcome to my new blog. The nickname ‘Tsunami’ is a story in itself, so to make a long story short, here it is.

As a kid, I had Big League dreams like any other youth baseball player from Puerto Plata, D.R. For me it was more than putting on a Major League Baseball uniform, playing on TV, or having my name chanted by thousands of fans. I had the vision of getting my family out of poverty, having a future and making my hometown proud. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs on my road to the Big Leagues, but for the sake of this blog let’s just say there was a WAVE of adversity.

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Although very skinny and smaller-sized as a teenager, I felt I had the ability to play the game as a position player. I was a confident hitter. I felt I could hit at the…

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Bulldogs, Blogs and Baseball

SAMSUNG CSCReally enjoyed seeing the Rangers’ Bark in the Park recap post by Kaylan Eastepp, the Rangers’ director of interactive and social media. This is one you have to see. Follow the Sweet Spot in Baseball blog, and join us at the all-new MLB.com/blogs portal as we surface cool posts around the baseball community. And as long as we’re on the subject, I’m going to take this opportunity to give some love to my English Bulldog, King Bingley (OK and my wife, sorry), so feel free to comment here or at MLB.com/blogs with shots of your own baseball pet.

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Make sure you hang out regularly at MLB.com/blogs and leave your blog’s URL in the comments there as it’s easy traffic to your site from our main blogs gateway. And tell Kayla we sent you over there. She might even have tips on how to score a job in baseball.

How did you vote? Share your ballot post

After you vote to decide starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic this summer, Blog the Ballot. We’re surfacing posts about the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at MLB.com/blogs, so please just leave your Permalink there so we can highlight and send more traffic to your blog. We’ll list yours among our ongoing rollout of posts. Spread the word about the all-new MLB.com/blogs…

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