…or so the saying from A League of Their Own goes.
This was my first full season covering baseball. I covered the Southridge Raiders in most of their playoff games, including their first trip to the state finals in school history.
My favorite part— our focus as a community newspaper—was documenting not only the team, but the community’s relationship to the team. (Also, A League of Their Own was filmed at the Raiders’ home stadium).
Southridge lost in the state finals 5-4 after their near comeback: scoring 4 runs in the seventh inning. Tom Hanks’ character, Jimmie Dugan, is wrong… there’s actually a lot of crying in baseball. But that’s the beauty of it: witnessing how much everyone cares.
These images are from the final Raiders games. I loved being able to cover the same team over and over, and to build rapport with them.
Photographers: what are your tips for building rapport with teams?