I keep going back to his recent softball photos in an effort to improve my own baseball/softball shots. It has finally hit me. Mike's shots have such great impact on myself and others because he captures the player and not just the sport. When you look at these, they are really great portraits of people who happen to be playing softball. He crops the photos to give the best impact as a portrait with the sporting event being secondary. He's not afraid to cut off cleats or softballs with unconventional cropping. I've been trying to get shots that emphasize the game but unfortunately I leave the player as a secondary subject. My crops are not tight enough because I try to give the viewer a sense of the game around the player. Parents don't want these shots, and they have very little impact. Sorry for my ramblings. Any comments on this observation?