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October 25, 2011 - Game 5 of the 2011 World Series at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
In late September, I purchased two tickets for this game, before the Rangers had started their postseason run this year, but sold those tickets last Friday. So when I awoke on the day of Game 5, I had only a parking pass.
Minutes before the game’s startime, I sat in Wal-Mart parking lot next to the Cowboys Stadium, and down the road from the ballpark. Using the navigation app on my phone, I found phone numbers to nearby ticket offices. Eight minutes after the game started, I bought a standing room only ticket for less than face value.
I arrived at the ballpark during the second inning, as the Cardinals were scoring their two runs. Soon after, I realized that I left my camera cards back in the car. After the half inning of Moreland’s homerun, I caught the shuttle bus back to my car. The bus driver waited for me, so I was able to get to my car and back and miss only a half inning.
I took this photo from the railing of the third level. Shortly after this photo, a fellow fan bumped into me and broke the frames of my glasses into two peices. After a quick trip to Guest Services, a solution had been found: Duct tape.
Yep, I watched the last half of the game with my glasses duct taped together over the nose. So Classy.
I’m glad I stayed. I’ve been to well over 100 games in Arlington as a son and as a dad, a fan and a photographer. I’ve shot from the photo wells, and been hit by a foul ball in one, and even watched a firework show from the Rangers’ dugout once, but this was the best atmosphere yet. I can see much of my night in this image. I watched this game from every angle. I started under the home run porch, standing behind the fans. Then I stood behind the Cardinals bullpen in left center for a while. Next I moved around to the third base side, in front of Fox’s postgame setup. After that I watched a half inning behind the Rangers’ dugout at the back of section 36. Then walked up to third level for this photo. After breaking my glasses, I blindly (too proud to wear my newly created pair of monocles) found my way to the second level, and got help from a Ranger employee, who I can actually see in this photo (the man in red at the far camera-right end of the press boxes on the level below me, on the steps, back to field, talking to a man in a blue shirt). It was actually him that told me how to get to the Guest Services. After the guest services trip (totally kind and helpful), I watched again from the outfield for an inning, then spent the last three on the first base side, in the top level at the 339 walkway. And yes, I took another fisheye photo of the final out. :)
Great game, fun times.
Photography by me, Kent Gilley
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