Sure, I know I’m wearing out my welcome, but here’s one last look from our season in Virginia baseball’s blue seats.
Last post on this. Promise.
I have a college chum who is an accomplished photographer. He tried to help me understand how carefully manipulating the wheels and buttons and levers on my camera can create a beautiful photo. But, I just can’t seem to ever get it right, especially when I’m trying to shoot through — and wash out — the protective netting at a game while actually also watching the game.
So, my pictures are frustratingly not right most of the time. Which is ok, because if people like me could take a great photo with ease, all the good photographers in the world would be out of work. Which is to say, I’m keeping all the professional sports photographers in business, which makes me a job creator. You’re welcome.
I took a lot of pictures while we watched Virginia baseball from the coveted blue seats this season. A lot.
These were all shot through the protective netting. They are my favorites.
Virginia Pitcher Teddy Paisley.
I’ve been waiting all season to tell you about Teddy Paisley.
It’s not easy for a walk-on to make the team. And, when the team is an elite Division I school like Virginia, filled with some of the nation’s most talented players, it’s nearly impossible. Paisley, a freshman pitcher walk-on, made the team.
Things you should know about Paisley: his high school GPA was 4.5 (which I didn’t know was possible), and he was a National Merit Scholar and a star athlete. He’s pursuing aerospace engineering at UVA.
He made his first appearance in a game this past Thursday versus Georgia Tech. One batter, one pitch, one out. ERA: 0.00.
Even though his stats are slim, Teddy Paisley, an academically accomplished walk-on pitcher, deserves to be, and is, one of my favorite players.
Richmond vs. Virginia, May 16.
The players from Niagara University wear real stirrups!
Virginia Shortstop Ernie Clement.
For those keeping track, college baseball’s regular season ended this weekend and the University of Virginia finished with a 41-13 record. They will play in the ACC Tournament in Louisville this week.
After that, the Hoo’s are expected to be included in the NCAA Regional Tournament and, if all goes “just so,” Charlottesville will be a host. All the finger-crossing and visualizing and hold-your-breathing won’t change the reality that the NCAA controls a lot of the seating in the post-season and we’ll most certainly be back in the bleachers for Regionals which is fine – since it is infinitely better than having no tickets at all.
(Editor/Husband’s broken leg is now a healing leg and he’s far less limpy than he was just a few weeks ago, so steps may be slow, but they’re possible.)
And, while I’ve grown very spoiled in the blue seats, here are three things you should know about our regular bleacher seats – the ones we never sat in this season:
- Davenport is a small park and our regular season ticket seats – midway between first and right – give a great view of the game, too. (Section C also has an impeccable view of plays at first and, in the spirit of perfection, fans out there will happily help the first-base umpire see the error of his ways whenever he makes a ridiculously bad call.)
- Really, really nice people live out in the bleachers. (Hi Wyatt, Beth, and Jay!)
- Davenport will be getting a major face lift during this off-season, thanks in part to a generous gift from the Washington National’s star and UVA alum Ryan Zimmerman. There will be more comfy blue seats, too.
And, finally … When Editor/Husband broke his leg, we wondered how we would be able to get to a Virginia baseball game this season, with the walk to the park, the steps to the bleachers, and the other complications of moving a leg that isn’t quite ready to move yet. A shout-out of thanks to the University of Virginia for offering fans the opportunity to upgrade to easier seating, a golf cart that takes fans needing assistance to and from the stadium gates, and accessible parking. We couldn’t have done it this season without you.
Photos: 2017 season. University of Virginia, Davenport Field, Charlottesville, Virginia © The Baseball Bloggess