World Baseball Classic USA vs dominican republic

On Saturday, March 11th 2017, I photographed the game between players from the United States and the Dominican Republic representing their respective countries in the World Baseball Classic, held at Marlins Park in Miami, FL. This is my first year as the Miami Marlins team action photographer, and as our stadium was one of the hosts, I was sent to cover this game; the first complete sell-out in the ball park's brief history. These games are very emotionally charged for the all of the players competing. Most of them play for MLB ball clubs, and with spring training in full swing, these guys are amped to play the sport they love, and what better way to get the baseball rolling then to play representing their country.

Former Marlins Manager Jim Leyland

TEAM USA BATTING PRACTICE AND PREGAME

The Marlins had two players representing the United States, outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, along with former manager Jim Leyland, now the skipper for Team USA. Leyland still holds a special place in the hearts of Marlins fans, as he lead them to their first World Series title in 1997, only 4 seasons after becoming a franchise. It's worth noting that recently acquired Fish pitcher Edinson Vólquez was the starter for Team DR.

GAME TIME

THE MOMENTUM SWING

THE 3-RUN, GO AHEAD HOME RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 8TH

THE INSURANCE SOLO HOMER

The Closer

The Celebration

WHAT A GAME!

It was definitely the most energetic baseball game I have ever covered. The stadium was packed, it was a beautiful South Florida evening, and everyone watching was treated to a very exciting comeback...much to the delight of the abundance of Dominic Republic fans in attendance.

It was also great getting to get back in the ball park, now in my new role, and catching up with the friends that I look forward to spending the summers sitting in photo wells with.

Handheld images shot with Nikon D5 or D810 and the following Nikkor lenses: 14-24 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 200-400 f4.0, 600mm f4.0, 16mm fisheye and the new 105mm f1.4, which I shot wide open most of the time. Overhead remote was a 1DX with 70-200, mounted using two Manfrotto magic arms and super clamps, and triggered with Pocketwizard Plus III Transceivers.

Rob Foldy is a professional sports and portrait photographer, based just outside of Miami, FL, covering events both locally and abroad. Visit RobFoldyPhotography.com to learn more.

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