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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

Latest Leaders – January 2013

Latest Leaders logoBaseball is just days away now, and the excitement is building as more and more new blogs are created here on the best blogging platform in the sport. Our first monthly Latest Leaders of 2013 has the usual mix of proven veterans and promising newcomers. The biggest news has to be the Brewers’ John & Cait…Plus Nine dethroning the Hot Stove traffic magnet for the overall top spot, with Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red just behind. Evan Vogel cracked the FAN Top 10 in December and now his blog The Baseball Haven is up to No. 5, so watch out there. Carrie Muskat is still in command on the list of  MLB.com beat reporters, regardless of the fortunes of the Cubs team she covers. Congratulations to everyone who made the list, and one proven tip to get on the next month’s list is to leave comments on these blogs and include your full URL so they can see your new posts.

Start your own MLB.com Blog today. It’s the first step in joining this list.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Jan. 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. John & Cait…Plus Nine
2. Better Off Red
3. Hot Stove
4. Baseball Nerd
5. Curly W Live
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. Ben’s Biz Blog
8. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10. SF Giants Photos
11. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
12. MLB.com Fantasy 411
13. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
14. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
15. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
16. TribeVibe
17. Our Game
18. Around the Horn in KC
19. Alyson’s Footnotes
20. So I Married A Baseball Player…
21. Phillies Insider
22. Cooperstown Chatter
23. 45 Miles From Fenway
24. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
25. Newberg Report
26. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
27. CastroTurf
28. Rattler Radio
29. Justice4U
30. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
31. The Dash Board
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Wild Things
34. The Sprouting News
35. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
36. Inside the White Sox
37. Baseball Books
38. ‘Riders Insider Blog
39. Inside the San Jose Giants
40. Step up to B.A.T.
41. It’s All Relative
42. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
43. Rollin’ with Rick
44. ‘Cats Corner
45. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
46. Mets Fantasy Camp
47. Beyond the Ballpark
48. Diamond Dollar$
49. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
50. Desde el Desierto

FANS
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The Brewer Nation
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. The Baseball Haven
6. Beisbol 007
7. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
8. mlbblogger
9. The Unbiased MLB Fan
10. Rockpile Rant
11. A’s Farm
12. Observing Baseball
13. Pinstripe Birthdays
14. Dodger Blue World
15. Phillies Phollowers
16. 9 Inning Know It All
17. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. 7000 Coliseum Way
20. Minoring In Baseball
21. Ballparks on a Budget
22. TheCutoffMan
23. BrokeMets
24. A Piece of The Game
25. If You Write It, They Will Come
26. Cream City Cables
27. Born on Third
28. Brewers Rumors
29. Heard It From Hoard
30. Three Up, Three Down
31. Rockin’ Redlegs
32. Where Everyone’s a Giant
33. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
34. eltubeyero22
35. Collection of Baseball
36. The Rays Rant
37. This is a very simple game…
38. Battling Bucs
39. Reds Country
40. Bleacher Boy
41. Rox Addict
42. The Best MLBlog
43. The Angels’ Ace
44. Fish Fry
45. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
46. One Strike Away…Twice!
47. Los bigleaguers
48. CardinalsFarm
49. Royal Blues
50. Formerly Fausto: A Baseball Blog

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Mark My Word
5. Bombers Beat
6. Postcards From Elysian Fields
7. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
8. Bowman’s Blog
9. Mariners Musings
10. Britt’s Bird Watch
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. Brew Beat
13. Change for a Nickel
14. Major League Bastian
15. Tag’s Lines
16. North of the Border
17. Brownie Points
18. Mets Cetera
19. The Fish Pond
20. Major Lee-ague

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

Meet the Bloggers: Emma Amaya

The latest installment of our Meet the Bloggers series features Emma Amaya, better known as Crzblue. Her blog, Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World, has been a part of the MLB.com Blogs family since February 2009. It’s a Latest Leaders mainstay, and for good reason. We caught up with Emma at her home away from home — Dodger Stadium — on the final weekend of the regular season to ask her about her blog:

We’re continuing to meet up with MLB.com Bloggers at the ballpark during the Postseason for this series. If you’re going to be at the ballpark and haven’t yet notified us, make sure to leave a comment with your blog URL and the games you’ll be attending.

Unbelievable night in America

This is amazing. I am sitting here tonight at our MLB office with the FOX feed of Phillies vs. Dodgers immediately to my left, and the live Presidential Election Debate on our MLB.com video player right in front of me on this laptop (now minimized as I type). I wrote this article on the MLB.com homepage to introduce baseball fans and voters to an amazing first: Being able to watch a live MLB playoff game and a Presidential Election Debate at the same time. It was always a choice in life before, and MLB always won because the broadcaster couldn’t mess with its profitable event. Some commenters on that article page said they thought it was the best thing we’ve ever done at MLB.com. I can’t disagree as I’m sitting here soaking up this night. I have my own thoughts on what I’m seeing in this possible clinch broadcast in both mediums, and I’m just curious what other MLBloggers think of following both settings simultaneously. Here are some screen shots. Just look at Baseball and Politics together, so quintessentially American. I’m just amazed at seeing the candidates on our video player. What say you?

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