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December 27, 2011

More Pics of the Year: Let’s Hear it for Moms

I just found this photo in MSBNC’s “Year in Pictures” section, leading off the sports gallery. Considering that the setting involves America’s pastime, the photo is not just a home run for motherhood, but an all-too-rare visual example of a woman extending herself beyond gender and social stereotypes.

Now, I’m not sure, if Tiffany and her husband were in opposite places, the caption would say that Allen robbed Tiffany of a foul ball. But then, the echo of gender bias is never that far away. Still, let the little girls and the little boys register this one, as shots like this don’t come around very often.

(photo: Mark Gormus / AP caption: She can do it all:Tiffany Goodwin of Fredericksburg, Va., robs her husband Allen, at right with glove, of a foul ball while holding 8-month-old son Jerry during a minor league game between the Richmond Flying Squirrels and Harrisburg Senators in Richmond Va.)

  • bystander

    This photo just cracks me up.  Isn’t there a line somewhere about Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire; about what a great dancer Astaire was, but Rogers had to do the same dance backwards and in high heels?  Here, the guy has a mitt.  Tiffany has to juggle a mitt, her arm around a baby on her hip in a helmet, and some diaper (?) bag slung over her shoulder to make the catch.  Awesome, Tiffany.  Just awesome.

    • quincyscott

      Yeah, the baby helmet is a great touch.  This mom is prepared for anything, and seems to be smiling in a kind of ho-hum way as she casually snags the fly.  I believe the strap over her shoulder is not a diaper bag, but a baby sling.  It’s apparent that both Tiffany and Allen used to play ball–Allen has his free hand at the ready in case of a pop-out, and I swear she is wearing a pair of outfielder’s shades.  Perhaps these two coach little league.

      This photo is so Norman Rockwell.  The face of the woman behind them digging through her purse, with little concern.  The kid in the background left who is still fumbling for his oversized glove.  The little girl in front with her eye black, and the guy in the yellow shirt whose facial expression we have to guess at.  Pretty amazing that Gormus is able to catch this moment that is so full of drama and humor.  So Americana, with an update that reflects today’s America: a mixture of gender and ethnicity that Rockwell would not have constructed.

  • George Mokray

    All those hands.

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