Snapshot of the day: Reporter nearly gets hit by flying baseball while taking selfie

Monday, April 29, 2013


Sun Sports reporter Kelly Nash posted on her Instagram this photo she took of herself atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park during batting practice before an Astros-Red Sox game, this Saturday.

She later commented:
"I was taking a picture of myself in the seats above the Green Monster during Red Sox batting practice.

"Producer Art Dryce had called out 'heads up!' a few times while I was taking pictures around the left field section, but none of those balls actually fell close to me, so I took my chances turning my back on batting practice for a picture.

"My whole family is from Massachusetts, and I knew they would be so excited to see me working at Fenway Park, and when I went to text them the picture I noticed the baseball by my head!
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22 comentarii:

Anonymous said...

Sit down!!

Anonymous said...

"Producer Art Dryce had called out 'heads up!' a few times..."

I think not having a selfie is a fair price to pay for not having a baseball embedded in the back of your head. Lady got lucky.

Anonymous said...

I call shenanigans! Smartphones just don't have the capacity for the kind of shutter speed needed to freeze a flying baseball like that. Looking for attention much?

Anonymous said...

I'm with the other anonymous poster - the shutter speed on phone cams are crap, that ball should be a blur. I call BS.

Anonymous said...

She's standing in direct, bright sunlight, and I've gotten photos from my iPhone with shutter speeds of 1/1842 according to the exif files of similar photos. You guys don't know what you're talking about. I think this is definitely real.

Anonymous said...

The shutter speed varies based on the amount of light available. Since direct sunlight is glaring in the pic, it might have had a quick enough shutter to catch this ball with just the slight blur you see.

Anonymous said...

Even at ISO2000 and raw sunlight, the speed a typical baseball flies off the bat is *NOT* capturable with that sort of detail.

I do TONS of high-speed photography, from hummingbirds to bullets.

Anonymous said...

If the ball is coming in at, say, 30 mph = 44 ft/sec, then at 1/1842 sec shutter speed, the ball would travel about 1/4 inch while the shutter is open. Doesn't look like 1/4 inch of blur to me.

Anonymous said...

FAKE, hardly any shading on the ball

khang said...

the picture is real, but the ball is not "whizzing" past her. Someone is dropping it from the top, notice the motion blur is vertical. No FUCKING way can smartphone capture a moving object of that magnitude.

Anonymous said...

I think the more oddity to the picture is the fact that it almost looks like she's staring at the ball instead of the camera. As if to say - ok it's in the shot, Click!

Anonymous said...

I realize most of you have PhDs in physics or are conspiracy theorist, so it's pointless to argue with you, but there is a pretty simple explanation that would account for both the slow speed and the odd trajectory of the ball. Maybe it bounced off of something right before the picture was taken?

Anonymous said...

The blur is diagonal, as if the ball is coming down, and there is definitely 1/4" of blur (the ball is egg shaped at a 45 degree angle) and the shading is correct.

I think its real.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but this is clearly a scheme being perpetrated by Big Pharma.

AvangionQ said...

Best guess, someone either lobbed the ball at her or it was on the bottom half of a parabolic arc ... probably not traveling all that fast ... and its a good thing too that it wasn't a fastball ~ there's a reason baseball players wear those asymmetric helmets.

Anonymous said...

fake! thats not even a real baseball... the stitching isnt regulation. its a tennis ball painted to look like a baseball.

Anonymous said...

SHE'S NOT EVEN AT THE STADIUM. SHE'S PHOTOSHOPPED OVER A STILL FROM THE MOVIE "42".

Anonymous said...

I'd stick it in her pooper.

Anonymous said...

Fake blonde, fake smile, fake boobs, fake ball... at least there's symmetry.

Oscar Hasten said...

Looks fake to me. There should be more blur. If it is real based on the perceived trajectory it should have hit her.

Anonymous said...

Yep!

Anonymous said...

nothing is real. people wake up. obama did this! we just wanna warn you. we just ask questions. why is there no official statement about the blur? see? it's staged to entertain us, while the government takes away our guns and puts us into concentration camps.

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