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Outside the Frame: Collision at home

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins, top, collides with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Cousins was safe for the go ahead run and Florida won 7-6.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins, top, collides with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is tended by trainers after a collision with Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is carried off the field after a collision with Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press, writes:

When last night’s Marlins-Giants game went into extra innings, I positioned myself in the first base photo bay with the hope I’d catch a game-winning hit or a play at home. In the 12th inning, Emilio Bonifacio of the Marlins hit a shallow pop fly to Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz, who’s known for having a strong arm. As soon as Schierholtz made the catch, Marlin Scott Cousins, who had tagged up at third, starting sprinting toward home — I saw him in the corner of my eye. Normally I’d focus on the catcher in this situation, but I was instantly impressed by the runner’s speed, so I made a split-second decision to follow him with my camera. There was a violent collision at the plate, and I pressed the motor drive for a four- or five-frame burst. With the shuttering of the camera, I never saw the collision — normally, when you don’t see the big play through your viewfinder, It’s a good indication you got the shot. When I previewed the images on the back of my camera, I noticed a frame where it seemed like Posey’s leg was breaking, and I instantly realized he was badly hurt. That was one of the first frames of the sequence I sent to the AP photo desk in New York.