Apparently, doctoring photographs for use in news stories is all the rage these days, so I thought I’d dip my hand into the popular culture of the day and test the waters.
Here are some photographs I (presumably) took from Sunday’s A’s-Devil Rays contest in Oakland. See if you can tell which photos are real, and which ones are Photoshop.
Ceremonial First Pitch
95-year-old Emil Mailho, the second oldest living A’s player, throws out the ceremonial first pitch from his wheelchair.
The A’s take the field.
Non-Ceremonial First Pitch
Esteban Loaiza starts the game off with a hard fastball to B.J. Upton.
And then my second thought was this:
Where had this velocity been all year? Later, Loaiza threw a pitch that measured 95mph on the stadium gun. What the heck? With his velocity suddenly returned from its AWOL status, Loaiza cruised through the game. After six innings, he had only thrown 58 pitches. He was at 90 pitches through eight.
As an aside to this, even though Loaiza had Upton befuddled most of the afternoon, striking him out three times, I kinda fell in love with Upton anyway. His swing is so quick and smooth, it’s quite a lovely thing to behold. I think he has the most aesthetically pleasing swing I’ve seen in years.
Milton Bradley steals second base.
Stolen Base 2
Jay Payton steals second base.
On this pitch, Eric Chavez launches a home run.
Handshakes and High Fives
The A’s hold on to win their shortest game of the year.