For those of you who didn't see it on Facebook, this is probably the biggest and certainly the longest story I've ever written. Let me know what you think about it. There's an editorial that goes with it that's also on the site.
This is embarrassing. If we'd ever treat this like an actual competition and not some sort of spring training All-Star Game, we'd win.
There was no reason to leave Oswalt in to get beaten like a drum, there was no reason to go to Hanrahan instead of Shields to start the 8th and there was absolutely no reason to have to run Mark DeRosa out there at first when there are plenty of American first basemen sitting around in Florida and Arizona.
But of course, playing hard for your country and getting hurt will make it hard for the owners to sell enough tickets to make it look like people care in July when half the league is 10 games out of playoff contention, so let's keep the good guys in camp and make Davey Johnson manage the ones they do send like it's the Little League World Series and Jimmy Rollins is going to cry in his sno-cone for not getting to play in the field.
So, I finally got my D40, as I think I posted about.
I've been using it at work the past few days. On Sunday, I was the reporter on call and had to go shoot a hospital grand opening, so I loaded up the D40 with the kit lens and our photographer's SB-600 flash (which she was nice enough to loan me) as my wide-angle and put the 35-70 f/2.8 on a D1 as a zoom (since it would AF on the D1 but not the D40.)
I ended up only using shots from the D40, because they just looked better.
Today, I was in court for the start of a murder trial, and since our photographer was off, I was shooting my own art. There's nothing funnier than an 80-200 f/2.8 with a tiny little D40 strapped to the back. (For my photo geek friends, the AF on that lens was screwy anyway, so it doesn't matter that it doesn't work on my D40. Actually, it's easier to focus on that then on the D1.) Between that and a "nifty fifty" I was able to get some decent shots for not being able to flash.
Which brings me to my next topic. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to spring for both a 55-200 kit zoom and the new 35mm AF-S DX prime as well as a cheap flash. I'm going to be making an order from Adorama either way, because I need a good bag and some UV filters to protect my glass, but do I want to get both lenses as well? The zoom's too slow to use indoors without flash, making it useless for court photos, but I think I could use it otherwise, and the prime would be nice because I find myself shooting at that length with my current lens and the fast aperture would be nice for quick candids.