A couple weeks ago, I got a strange message from Jeff at the New York Times asking if I was available to photograph Derek Jeter's last professional baseball game. I say it's strange because I'm not what you'd call a sports photographer. In fact, I don't think I've had a single sports-related assignment in my career as a freelancer. I'm just about the last person you'd expect to see at a baseball game, much less photographing one, and I had to spend some time with wikipedia and talking with friends to learn about Derek Jeter. Nevertheless, the editor said he wanted me to photograph the excitement and history of the day, and that's something I feel like I can do.
In the end, I had a lot of fun on the assignment. The subject matter is so different from what I usually photograph so it was a fascinating challenge for me. I spent the day wandering around Fenway Park, both inside and out, trying to capture the fan's enthusiasm and passion for the game and this particular player.
You can see more pictures or buy prints from the day at my archive: Derek Jeter's Last Game.