BRADENTON, Fla. — Baseball photography is so enjoyable to me because it’s never just about baseball when I shoot. During the season, I work from beside the Pirates’ dugout so I can shoot the interaction, even though it gives me a slightly worse look at the infield than the visitors’ side would.
It’s the banter and the jokes I enjoy. The portraits and the moments. These guys play 162 games together on the field which means they spend countless moments waiting for at-bats in the dugout together, killing time in hotel rooms. They simply spend much less time apart than they do together.
So, when the boys of summer return for spring, they’re returning from the longest absence from their brothers. This, of course, means that players keep in touch in different ways when apart. Instagram, of course, is a great example of how that’s easier now than it was in the past.
Up above is a photograph of Felipe Rivero, but it’s also the culmination of spending time apart, keeping tabs on Instagram/social media and simply having fun at the expense of your brothers. You see, Edgar Santana uses Instagram to post photos of himself looking his best, and it seems Rivero made a note to bring it up. In that photograph, Rivero is fixing his eyebrows while joking with Santana about the number of images he’s posted of, well, himself.
Santana’s reaction just below leads off the rest of the images from the first day of our spring training coverage. Have a look at those, and be sure to check back for continued photo coverage from Pirate City.