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The Defining Moment

I have covered Opening Day in Baltimore for many years and most of the days’ events have been the same for years and happen right on schedule. Fans arrive a few hours before the game, players are always announced and run down the orange carpet one at a time, both teams line the base paths for the National Anthem and the list continues. The one thing that can never be scheduled is the defining moment in the game that determines which team will win or lose. With the Orioles ahead 2-0 and pitcher Brad Brach being one pitch away from closing the door on the Twins in the ninth inning, I had my camera locked on him. I was expecting to capture his jubilant reaction on what I was hoping would be the last out of the game and a long day at the park would be almost over. Brach, however, proceeded to give up two runs allowing the Twins to tie the game. Instead of celebration pictures I ended up making pictures of Brach walking from the mound with his head hung low after being taken out of the game. At the moment this was the defining moment of the game. Two innings later, with one swing of the bat, the game finally had its true defining moment as Adam Jones launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the game for the Orioles.

From the home run swing and ensuing celebration to the post game shaving cream pie in the face, the defining moment pictures were plentiful.

Orioles' closer #35 Brad Brach leaves the game after giving up two runs in the 9th inning.
Orioles' closer #35 Brad Brach leaves the game after giving up two runs in the 9th inning. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)
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