Ken Burns once again reflects on the national pastime in “Baseball: The Tenth Inning.” The four-hour documentary airs in two parts on Sept. 28 and 29 on PBS and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 5.
Burns co-directed “Baseball: The Tenth Inning” with Lynn Novick, who served as a producer on the original nine part mini-series that debuted in 1994. “Baseball: The Tenth Inning” picks up where the original documentary left off and covers the past 17 years of baseball history.
Whereas the original documentary was more of a history lesson, “Baseball: The Tenth Inning” is a trip down memory lane. It’s likely that more viewers will feel a connection to the events covered in this documentary than the first one since it covers such recent history.
“Baseball: The Tenth Inning” is meant for anyone who loves baseball and appreciates its place in American culture. Burns and Novick enlist the help of writers, sportscasters, baseball playes, managers and journalists to provide commentary for the historical footage. It’s very validating to hear others talk about baseball and how much it means to them and how they felt during a particular game. The passion and reverence used to discuss baseball will help anyone remember the importance of the game in thier own lives.
Burns and Novick’s love of baseball is evident once again in this new documentary. They have a way of combining the footage with insightful commentary that elevates the sport to something more than just a game.
Here is a breakdown of the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of “Baseball: The Tenth Inning:”
Top of the Tenth
In 1994, the national pastime faces its worst crisis in 70 years when a bitter and prolonged strike forces the cancellation of the World Series, infuriating fans dismayed by the athletes and teams they once worshipped. Baseball has to rebuild. And rebuild it does, with new stadiums, an infusion of new players from Latin America and the shattering of historic records previously considered unbreakable. Cal Ripken Jr. sets an amazing record of consecutive games played, helping rekindle the country’s love of the game. Barry Bonds, son of the great right fielder Bobby Bonds, signs the most lucrative contract to date in baseball history and thrills San Francisco fans. Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux pitch the Atlanta Braves to the pinnacle. The Yankees return to glory after two decades of disappointment. The bulked up sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa captivate the nation as they chase Roger Maris’ single season home run record. Meanwhile, more and more players are making life-altering decisions about how far they are willing to go to succeed.
· “Back to the Baseball Park” – an interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
· Additional Scenes: Dodger Town, A Night at Fenway Park, A Tour of
· Full of Knowledge, a look at baseball in the Dominican Republic
· Central Park & Outtakes
Bottom of the Tenth:
In the first decade of the 21st century, baseball is booming. In an age of home runs and power, Pedro Martinez and a handful of other superb pitchers still manage to dominate. The astonishingly talented right fielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes MLB’s first Japanese position player and a hero back home. As America reels from the horror of the 9/11 attacks, baseball provides solace, and in an incredible World Series, gives the country something to cheer about. As the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox reaches the boiling point, long-suffering Boston fans rejoice in their first World Series victory in 86 years, while Giants and Cubs fans endure devastating losses. Barry Bonds demolishes Mark McGwire’s home-run record and sets his sights on Henry Aaron’s revered all time mark. The game is more popular than ever, but revelations about steroids cast a shadow on many of the era’s greatest stars and their historic accomplishments.