ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Whether they win or lose there is one sure thing about Isotopes home games, they will get captured through the lens.
“I have been doing pictures forever,” Stuart Fein said.
Fein is a veteran of the United States Air Force, who has been retired for a few years. With his free time he spends most of it doing what he loves, taking pictures at baseball games.
“Since the first game in this stadium, I come here and take pictures,” Fein said.
Fein says that he has been taking pictures for as long as he can remember. His love of baseball came from his mother, who was a die-hard Mets fan. Fein grew up in New York and has fond memories of Shea Field.
His love of the game has driven Fein to take pictures of Isotopes players at every game.
“I have a lot of the players emails and I send them all the pictures I take by email,” Fein said.
It is great for the players to give out to their families, but also for personal reflection.
“He gets good pictures of me at the plate, kind of contact point and stuff, kind of see the mechanics, and I was bent over swinging at a pitch. I was like man i didn’t think I was leaning over that far for that pitch, so it made me fix my posture”, said Isotope third baseman Tim Smalling.
Though, Fein says there is a bigger reason why he takes the photos for free.
“I print the ones I like. The players sign them for me and I pass them out to kids,” Fein said. “There is nothing like seeing the face of a kid when I hand him a picture..you know smaller kids, hand them a picture and they start jumping up and down screaming. There is nothing like seeing that face.”
Fein has been taking pictures for players and fans for over 10 years and it’s something that he will do for as long as he can. He has even built relationships with the players, receives free tickets to games and gets the chance to spend time with players outside of the park.
“It makes me feel like part of the team,” Fein said. “I know I can’t play, but it makes me feel like part of the team.”
He enjoys giving back to the game in any way he can.