I am not an idiot. The amount of people watching Big Papi bid farewell to the Boston faithful standing from the storied seats of Fenway Park doesn't come close to matching the amount of people viewing his tears in HD from the comfort of their living room couch. In that sense I understand hundreds of cameramen rushing the mound to get live coverage of David Ortiz soaking in his final moments as an active member of the Boston Red Sox. I totally get why a bunch of photographers got all up in a now-retired player's personal space so that they could get the perfect still shot to put on the front page of their newspaper that no one under the age of 45 is going to read anyway.
That said, it'd be tough to argue that doing so didn't take a moment that was meant to be a tribute to the fans in attendance and semi-ruined it for the fans in attendance. They may not say it, but I will - a good chunk of the people there last night only forked over the ungodly amount of money to go just in case it ended up being a living legend's final game, and the lasting image they'll have on their phone after doing so is something that looks like this...
Question. Isn't the beauty of technology that we don't need to be 6 inches from someone's dick to zoom in on the intricacies of their bulge? Wouldn't that moment have been just little a more Kodak for fans and news sources alike if the latter had backed up 10-15 feet and caught the crowd cheering in the background instead of their stupid ass peers sticking a lens - that could double as a below average telescope - about 5 feet from an emotional player's asshole? Obviously Papi will have plenty of opportunities to share his appreciation with those that have supported him for all these years when his number is retired, but it still seems completely unnecessary that his opportunity to do so last night was largely just a tip of his fitted hat barely sticking out from atop a herd of overzealous dickheads.