The Tenth Inning

Ken Burns’ Baseball goes into extra innings

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Thousands of bats, three home run records and one “curse” have been broken since Ken Burns last explored the history of America’s national pastime with his 1994 series Baseball. Now, Burns and co-director Lynn Novick update the series with The Tenth Inning, airing Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 28 – 29, at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET; Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET; and Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET2.

Beginning with a crippling strike that alienated millions of fans and brought the game to the brink, this new film tells the tumultuous story of our national pastime up to the present. It celebrates baseball’s new Golden Age – an era of unprecedented home run totals, popularity and prosperity – and sheds light on one of the game’s darkest chapters – the steroid era.

The two-part, four-hour film examines the compelling stories of Joe Torre, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki, Cal Ripken Jr., and Barry Bonds and features insightful commentary from an eclectic lineup of writers, broadcasters, fans, and all-stars.

One Response to “The Tenth Inning”

  1. David Kjelby says:

    Ken Burns’ new series was interesting. However, I take exception to some of the things said. First is that the fans have gotten over the performance enhancing drugs issue. Many of us have not and will not until the wrong is righted. I was a baseball fan throughout my youth and my adult life until steroid use became prevalent. But I haven’t been to a major league game in several years and currently have no desire to return.

    Bud Selig and players like Barry Bonds say in the series that they take responsibility for their actions. But those are just words to get gullible people to back off. Neither has taken appropriate action to right their wrongs. Selig has not resigned and given back his compensation. Bonds has not demanded his statistics be expunged from the record books. They want to have their cake and eat it too, so to speak. I think the bar was set with Pete Rose’s punishment. All players who used performance enhancing drugs should be banned from baseball for life. And since their use of the drugs altered games’ outcomes, their stats should be forfeited. Before people like me take the action of returning to the ball parks, Baseball has to take action to right the wrongs.

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