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|| News Item: Posted 2009-11-09

Leading Off: Notes From The World Series
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Old Yankee Stadium at left is shrouded in scaffolding with the new Yankee Stadium basking in the late afternoon sun on the right.
Baseball in November?

What next, the Super Bowl on Valentine's Day?

Oh… that's right, probably happen in a couple of years.

A few notes about the (late) Fall Classic:

• Old Yankee Stadium sits shrouded in scaffolding and netting just across the street from the gleaming white palatial new Yankee Stadium awaiting demolition. Walking around the House That Ruth Built you can still feel the history and tradition the place holds. You can almost hear an echo "…today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth… Fans going to Game 1 stopped to have happy-snaps taken in front of the old place, many asking why the need for the new place and many complaining about the sky-high ticket prices. As I finish my second lap around, I think to myself that I hope I can make it to Wrigley Field and Fenway Park before my career is over…

• I finally made it to Pat's King of Steaks in Philly. After seeing countless Food Network and the Travel Channel segments on the place, I thought I was ready for the experience. As I stood in line, my colleague Darr Beiser pointed out the sign detailing the ordering procedure once you get to the window. Couldn't bring myself to get my cheesesteak wit --- meaning with the yellow goopy Cheese Wiz. While I paused at the condiment stand an obvious local looked at my sandwich with the Provolone under the chopped meat and onions and shook his head muttering to me "Hey, that ain't a real cheesesteak bub." Guess I'll have to go back sometime…

• I have decided that I love shooting playoff baseball from the overhead position (usually located just behind the first sections of seats). There is nothing like having a concession stand 10 steps away and more importantly a restroom 20 steps away from your shooting spot.

• After each Yankee home game, New York, New York by Frank Sinatra blares from the PA speakers, looping over and over. On the ride to our hotel near Times Square each night our USA TODAY photo crew would all be humming/singing/mumbling (in a numbed stupor) If I can make it there I can make it anywhere… After hearing it for what seemed like the 30th time I was reminded that actually I like the ORIGINAL version of New York, New York from the movie of the same name sung by Liza Minnelli better than Sinatra's. Blasphemy (hey…I do have the Sinatra vinyl recording of Trilogy: Past Present Future)! So as a parting gift after the Yankees won the Series, I gifted the Liza version via iTunes to my colleagues Bob Deutsch, Darr Beiser, David Cooper and Sean Dougherty…

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

H. Darr Beiser tries to figure out his order at Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia during lunchtime before one of the 2009 World Series games.
• Thanks to MLB's Rich Pilling for negotiating a "10 - second rule" for the clinch game. The NCAA has been using a similar rule for many years at the Final Four and it's worked pretty well. At the end of the game, there is a 10-second "hold" for the network TV camera crews, this in theory gives all of the photographers a chance to get an unobstructed shot at the players celebrating. It's surprising how long 10 seconds can be. Now if someone could do something about that TV camera-pointer that follows players down the 3rd base line and as they arrive at home plate after a home run. That 10 seconds seems like an eternity…

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This issue of Sports Shooter has stories by photographers recounting interesting and diverse experiences. Eugene Tanner writes about covering the recent tsunami in American Samoa and Rafael Agustin Delgado describes what he learned working for Reuters during the baseball playoffs in Southern California.

Jason Franson was able to get access --- and the trust of the dancers --- at a neighborhood strip club for a project. Gavin Werbeloff went on safari in Africa and writes about it in this issue's In The Bag. A visit to Peru by Kohl Threlkeld is the topic of Sports Shooter Destination. And Peter Read Miller thinks Canon is back, writing this month's Photographers Toy Box on his impressions shooting with the new 1D Mark IV.

Also details on Sports Shooter Academy VII, which will be held April 7-10, 2010 in Southern California and the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest have been released.

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On the reading list this month is Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch thriller Nine Dragons (thanks Bob Deutsch!) and Monday Morning Quarterback by SI's Peter King. Heavy listening this month: Horehound by The Dead Weather and Live, a 1972 old-but-moldy by Lee Michaels (thanks Roberto Beck for the reminder).

As always, thanks to Special Advisors & Contributors: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Trent Nelson, Jason Burfield, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen, Myung J. Chun, Rod Mar, Josh Lehrer, Jordan Murph and Bob Deutsch.

Thanks this month to: Eugene Tanner, Jason Franson, Gavin Werbeloff, Kohl Threlkeld, Rafael Agustin Delgado and Peter Read Miller.

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