On March 22nd and 23rd, the storied Sydney Cricket Ground will host Major League Baseball’s 2014 Opening Series. Cameron Spencer discusses his excitement to capture the sport for the first time in Australia.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet on a field typically reserved for cricket and Australian league football. The field has been fully renovated to major league baseball standards and the players are getting a warm welcome from the “home-team” players.
Both teams spent time checking out the historical stadium and enjoying this special experience. But this is not the first time that the Sydney Cricket Ground has played host to America’s pastime. In 1888, Chicago White Stockings owner Al Spalding organized the World Baseball Tour, which stopped in Sydney for three exhibition games.
This is, however, the first time some of our Australia-based photographers will have the pleasure of covering an American baseball game. And they’re excited. Getty Images award winning sports photographer, Cameron Spencer is on assignment and sent in a report from the Sydney Cricket Ground:
“After over 10 years of photographing sports for Getty Images, this weekend will mark the first time I have ever been assigned to cover baseball matches. Whilst I understand the basic rules, it will be a challenge to shoot a new sport and one that has a small following here in Australia. The Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the most famous venues in all of Australia. It is the home ground for the Sydney Swans of Australian Rules Football (AFL), and also plays host to various forms of cricket. The most recent series was between Australia and England in the ‘Ashes.’ Australia won the fifth test match and the series 5-0."
"To see the field transformed into a baseball diamond is impressive; there are bullpens and dugouts, the grass and outfield are immaculate, and 250 tonnes of clay has been specially shipped in from San Diego. The diamond is smaller than I expected and the pitcher's mound is a lot closer to the batter than I imagined. It's incredible to see these guys smash balls into the stands. And watching some of the best pitchers in the world like Kershaw is something I’m looking forward to witnessing."
"I think Australians are looking forward to the spectacle and enjoying an entertaining sport. There are even two-foot hot dogs being created for the spectators. If time permits I may have to sneak one in before play!”
The Opening Series Games will take place on Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd