Regular reader Mike F. thankfully alerted me to the fact that acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns will update his “Baseball” documentary with an episode entitled The Tenth Inning. Scheduled for release in 2010 on PBS, it will either be two or four hours, and will start with the 1992 NLCS. No end point has of yet been determined. If this is anything like the first nine episodes, and I have no reason to believe it won’t be as good, it should be well worth the wait. There is so much for Burns to cover–the Braves’ great pitching staff, Toronto’s rise and repeat championships, the players’ strike turned lockout in 1994-1995, the great Yankees dynasty including the incredible 1998 team, the impact of the 9/11 attacks, steroids and home run chases, high-priced free agency, the new stadium explosion, the globalization of the sport, numerous milestones including Ripken’s consecutive game streak (ended against the Yankees in 1998, for which the Yanks were the first to give Cal a standing ovation from the dugout), Boston’s championships, and so much more. Personally, while I’m sure Burns will do an admirable job, I believe this should be two or three more episodes given the plethora of topics.
Regardless, I’ll be watching.