I’m having trouble naming this post. It should either be “See Ball Bend” or “We Have Contact” as they both accurately describe my evening at the ball park yesterday. I’ve spent the last two nights at Hawks Stadium photographing the Boise Hawks, and it has been great to be back on the field albeit with a job other than player. I believe it was the seventh inning last night when Kevin Encarnacion came to the plate hitting left handed. I was mostly tucked behind the third base dugout when Kevin swung late on a fastball he fouled off in my general direction. I realized through the flurry of shutter clicks that the ball was coming closer than my general direction but in fact right towards me in an arc any math teacher could readily appreciate with a velocity in the Jeff Gordon range. I ducked to my right leaving my camera behind and in a moment frozen in time…PING!!!!! I heard and felt the ball collide with the hefty lens hood. The ball ended up who knows where, and friends, I dodged a bullet. The lens hood that saved my already not-so-pretty face from further demoralization, the lens and camera came away with zero defects. As a kid I dreamed of being on the diamond in a position to tip my cap to the crowd, and not surprisingly that moment never came; I’d better take advantage of this. I politely offered a tip of my cap to the crowd letting them know I was okay. I got back behind my camera and fired off a few celebratory shots. Below are two pictures of the ball coming towards me before I ducked. Have a great weekend folks, I’m off to shoot Rocky Mountain High School Football tonight. Perhaps I’ll keep the streak alive and get run over on the side lines. On second thought…till next time.