Looking happy as could be while holding that 2008 World Series Championship trophy after the Philadelphia Phillies defeated Tampa Bay to win their first championship since 1980. Montgomery, who in 1997 became the first home grown kid in over 60 years to run the team as president, deserved it.
A class guy, well respected, wonderful man. He was always a pleasure to be around and always made us in the media laugh.
Sadly, Montgomery passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
I found out about his passing after this image I made while covering the parade in 2008 popped up on Facebook as his obituary photo.
Over the last few days I’ve photographed a few baseball games. It’s actually one of my favorite sports to photograph. Mainly, because of the love I had playing the game in my early 20’s. Although, I pretty much rode the bench, except for that one time….
Picture it: 1987. I’m at the plate. First at bat ever in organized baseball. Take a called strike. Then take another. Count is zero balls and two strikes. And just before the next pitch, the umpire calls the game due to darkness. And that was that. Never played again. It took me a year to make the team, and finally got a shot and it was gone like that.
Anyhow back to shooting. Here is some video and stills from the past weekend. Slide shows and videos.