The 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic was this past weekend at Minute Maid Park with 3 games on each day on Friday, Saturday & Monday for a total of 9 games between 6 different Texas college baseball teams:
- University of Houston Cougars
- Texas A&M University Aggies
- Texas State Bobcats
- Baylor Bears
- Rice Owls
- Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Unfortunately due to a combination of prior commitments and not feeling well on the Saturday I was only able to attend parts of two of the games on Sunday, I caught the last half of the Baylor at Texas State game and the first 6 innings of the TAMU at Houston game, I have posted my photos broken down by team in my portfolio. The games were general admission for each day with first come first served seating except for the Diamond Club, where individual seats were ticketed for each game and apparently still included the free buffet, which I didn’t know ahead of time otherwise I would have opted to sit there as it was a lot cheaper than it is for Astros games.
For the Bears – Bobcats game I took a front row seat behind the Bears’ dugout along the third base line with a great view of Right Handed Pitchers and Left handed hitters, the game finished in thrilling fashion with the Bears getting both a tying run and what would be the winning run in the top of the 9th by avoiding tags at home plate, the tying run by leaning away from the tag and what would be the winning run by sliding under the tag.
For the Aggies – Cougars game I switched sides of the ballpark over to near what would be the Astros dugout during Astros games and sat in what I know to be one of Jeff Luhnow’s seats in the front row right next to the Diamond Club and right by one of the photo pits so my jealousy was running high. It was humorous as during a quiet moment in the game I accidently fired off a burst of shots on my D500 and one of the credentialed media guys looked around to see the source.
The experience at security has convinced me that I need to get media credentials sooner rather than later as apparently they are going to crack down on cameras & lenses this year as they even insisted upon measuring my 16-80 fully extended and asked me not to use my 300/4 PF even though all the lenses I take are less than 8” extended from the camera body. The problem is the rule is open to interpretation, it states:
Visitors are welcome to bring video and still cameras into the ballpark. Lenses must be no larger than 8″. Tripods and monopods are not allowed in the ballpark. Source.
To me that would mean the lens itself can’t extend further than 8” from the camera body but it could be interpreted to include the body and even the lens hood plus some of the security staff invent their own rules and think everyone with a “professional camera” is media and must use the media entrance so long story short I am going to try my luck at getting credentialed with the Astros so I can continue to provide content throughout the season without having difficulty entering the ballpark.