On Opening Day 2010, Ian Kennedy was, at once, both friend and foe.

On Opening Day 2010, Ian Kennedy was, at once, both friend and foe.

Well, before all of L.A. began their hate affair with Ian Kennedy (beanball pitcher extraordinaire) of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I took a photo of him at an opening day game when he got shelled by numerous home runs. (The photo at right is a different one from the same day. You don’t think I’m going to just give you the photo, do you? I want you to see it in the exhibit!)

In the exhibited photograph, Ian stands on the mound defeated and perplexed, and since he was a friend of mine, as I took the picture, I felt conflicted by joy at a sure Dodger victory and pathos for my suffering friend.

That photo and a little story about it are featured in a new Baseball Reliquary exhibit opening today all about photography and baseball. You all should check it out at the Pasadena Library.

Baseball Photo Exhibition Flyer

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