Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Washington Post's Strasburg First Pitch Poster
The Stephen Strasburg First Pitch Poster included in today's retail editions of The Sunday Washington Post is a disappointment because the picture fails to capture the anticipation of the moment. At 7:06 PM on June 8th, 2010-- a packed Nationals Park crowd was standing on their feet. The Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen was dug in at the plate. Pudge Rodriguez was crouched behind it. And Home Plate Umpire Tom Hallion was about to make the call.
Even the players in both dugouts were watching.
The essence of that first pitch missing in The Washington Post's Poster today. The excitement which The Post did photograph in their two previous 1st Pitch special edition Nationals Posters--from April 14, 2005 (Opening Night at RFK Stadium) and March 30th, 2008 (Opening Night at Nationals Park).
A wider shot of Strasburg's 1st Pitch from the same angle would have captured the standing crowd all with their cameras at the ready, Our Washington Nationals all leaning forward at the front of the 1st base dugout, McCutcheon standing in the batters box with Rodriguez & Hallion behind him. Instead, the closeup shot of Stephen Strasburg's First Pitch Poster produced by The Washington Post looks more like a blown up baseball card--nothing special.