Andrew Baggarly of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS was recently kind enough to forward us this email from Bay Area News Group photographer Karl Mondon as he recounted a thrilling experience while shooting the Giants opener on April 9:
In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the plate and Pablo Sandoval dancing off 3rd base with the possible winning run, it hit me.
Panda’s athletic cup.
In the head.
In 25 years of photographing baseball, that was the first, and please, last time that’s ever happened.
Translation: Mondon, positioned in the photographer’s bay just beyond the third base dugout, was plunked in the head by Pablo Sandoval’s cup after it was thrown in his direction by the Giants third baseman.
(”His precautionary goblet was already out of his pants” - too soon?)
I’m also happy to report Baggarly, dutiful beat journo that he is, followed up with Sandoval about it. Read more…