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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 6 September 2008 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Raley Field - Home to the Sacramento, California, "Rivercats," baseball team. Viewed here during an early evening game against the Las Vegas "51's"

Along the banks of the Sacramento River - Raley Field is a great venue to catch a game.

The Rivercats are the Triple-A farm club of The Oakland A's.

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yz from Budapest, Hungary

Great composition! I like the wide angle here

6 Sep 2008 8:02am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent perspective, showing the size of the stadium and the number of people there.

6 Sep 2008 9:26am

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

Wow, that is a packed stadium, great capture!

6 Sep 2008 9:26am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Great perspective. Here, the game itself is the less important thing to show. The stadium and its attendance are more important. Fantastic shot.

6 Sep 2008 10:28am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Fantastic perspective! Great composition!

6 Sep 2008 10:29am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great angle. There is definitely an "old school" feeling when attending minor league games.

6 Sep 2008 1:17pm

Thomas Griffioen from Rotterdam, Netherlands

The composition and perspective is wonderful! It's like I'm standing there myself. You're photos are really inspiring to me Stephen!

6 Sep 2008 1:26pm

alex centrella from California, United States

i love the angle, i also am one of the photographers that shoot for the Fresno Grizzlies.

6 Sep 2008 2:40pm

@alex centrella: Back in 1999, I made the only trip of my life with Fresno as the specific destination. Giants pitcher, Julian Tavarez was sent down to triple A Fresno (they were then The Fresno Giants) on a re-hab assignment. He'd been scheduled to pitch that night. I took the train (naturally). I'll never forget the train doors opening and the air-conditioning giving way to a blast wall of triple-degree heat.

The Internet was in the dark ages back then. The Fresno Giants' website said the stadium was downtown - desipte the fact that it hadn't been built yet. I checked-in to my hotel and found that the team was playing out at the State College. I grabbed a cab and made first pitch. The biggest surprise of the night was seeing the old Candlestick (San Francisco) scoreboard out in centerfield. I'd been looking at that old thing for more than two decades - and there it was.

The Giants lost that night. Julian Tavarez took the loss and earned it. It would be his last season as a Giant. He's still in the big show though - pitching for Milwaulkee. And so it goes...

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

great shot -- love the depth of 'field' (excuse the pun) ;) a well attended game, looks like it would be very hot though! sweltering!

6 Sep 2008 7:53pm

@dj.tigersprout: Actually - it was most pleasant. A 7:30 PM start - the breeze had kicked up off the river and it was probably in the low-mid eighties by game time. It is really nice to sit all the way through a game in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. The Rivercats feature Saturday night after-game fireworks on every home stand through their season as an added bonus.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

That's a tremendous view, when I saw the image it reminded me of IMAX those super wideangle movies. Over in the UK there are some US baseball games to watch at night, but my game is rugby league :)

6 Sep 2008 9:12pm

@Observing: Thanks, Mike - I do feel it incumbent upon me to remind you that pursuing rugby just isn't cricket! Sorry.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

What a cool angle...love it. I always had a hankering to go to a baseball game in the US, just for the spectacle of it - I know nothing about it!
It's funny, reading your last line in the notes under the image - you may as well be speaking a foreign language.
I know about rugby and rugby league (different) and cricket though :)

7 Sep 2008 12:09am

@Margie: Cue the Sinatra: ( "...and I get a kick - out of you!" ) - - - thanks, Margie.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Awesome!!! The atmosphere is wonderfully captured and conveyed...feel like being there! Thanks for the treat.:-)

7 Sep 2008 12:54am

@hugo poon: Mister Poon - welcome, greetings, thank you, - - - and where have you been? It is good to hear and see from you, my friend. Very good, indeed.

One from Açores, Portugal

Great image, excellent perspective and colors, very good shot !!

7 Sep 2008 2:53am

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

cool photo

8 Sep 2008 5:04am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Nice wide angle shot,well done.Don´t understand the Baseball thing though,we used to call it "Rounders" in Junior school andstopped playing it when we were about 11 and moved on to grown up sports. :-)

8 Sep 2008 2:05pm

@Anthony Lambert: You sir - are asking for trouble.