The Angels' new photography intern is some guy named C.J. Wilson
Angels team photographer Matt Brown had a new intern on Thursday.
His name was Chris -- "Chris Wilson" -- and he brought his own gear.
"He's got top-of-the-line equipment, which is very rare for an intern," Brown said of the man under his tutelage, who was (surprise!) actually multimillion-dollar Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson. "He's the only intern that has a $30,000 camera."
Wilson is very passionate about photography and asked to shadow Brown when the Angels visited the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. This was his chance to work on the craft while shooting his first Major League game.
"He always wants to go out and shoot," Brown said. "All the time."
Wilson brought his Canon 1D X out during the Angels' photo day, snapping photos while others took pictures of him. He set up his wearable camera in the dugout when Will Ferrell stopped by Tempe Diablo Stadium a couple weeks ago. And he lugged all of his equipment to Sloan Park on Thursday.
"It was actually a really cool experience," Wilson said. "The hardest part was I was supposed to be impartial as a photographer, and not give high-fives when we hit home runs and stuff like that. But I was legitimately amped up when Albert [Pujols] hit the home run or Jered [Weaver] was striking guys out. It was cool. The weirdest thing of the whole thing was having all my camera gear, walking through the Cubs dugout and sitting in the camera booth on the far side over there, like, 'These are the guys we're playing against, maybe I should turn my ears on and maybe I can hear something.'"
Wilson is a man of many interests, outside of his full-time job as a professional starting pitcher. He owns his own racing team, loves riding dirt bikes, once learned to land a commercial plane and is always thirsting for new hobbies. The 34-year-old left-hander called photography "probably the most marketable of all my non-baseball skills. My dirt-bike-riding skills are never going to pay the bills. But maybe I can sell a couple photographs."