My take on Ken Burns’ 10th Inning

I watched Ken Burns 10th inning on PBS the past two nights and like most baseball fans, I have some opinions I’d like to share. It’ll be pretty incoherent, so hopefully you don’t get lost.

Topics that should have been covered

– George Steinbrenner: I feel like he should have been touched upon for more than the minute that he was. Like it or not, he was one of the more dominant figures in baseball.

– The Blue Jays winning the 1992 World Series. For the first time ever a non-American team and city won the World Series. You’d think Ken would have talked about it a little bit. Instead, nothing.

– The same goes for the 1991 World Series as well. Some people consider it the greatest World Series ever played. Not Mr. Burns apparently. He found time to talk about the 2009 World Series though.

– Players that should have been talked about: Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. Players like Ken Griffey Jr, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, Manny Ramirez, and Mariano Rivera should have had more than just a blurb. I know he can only show so much given the time allocated, but still, it would have been nice to talk about those players.

Topics I liked

– 2001 World Series. It’s no secret to me that I believe the best two games of baseball ever played are Games 4 and 5 of the 2001 World Series. Game 7 wasn’t so bad either. However, even though I liked that he did mention it, I thought his coverage of 9/11 and baseball was way too brief. The Mike Piazza home run wasn’t even shown!

– I did enjoy the advanced stats section. That portion was totally unexpected. Jon Miller also sounded like an idiot talking about VORP. VORP is so 2005. Oh, and you can just say “O-P-S”, Jon, not “OPS” like it’s some special military mission.

– Pedro Martinez getting a portion of the show dedicated to himself was nice. He is a top three pitcher of all-time and a unique personality. He deserved the spotlight.

– Ballparks. It was nice that Burns delved into the construction of new stadiums. Mainly because it’s cool to look back at these new, awesome stadiums. Very aesthetic, very pleasing.

– Don’t Believe the Hype by Public Enemy was played! How awesome is that?

Other thoughts

– Selena Roberts? Really? That weakened the documentary’s credibility. Big time.

– Why was Jacoby Ellsbury the face of the Bottom of the 10th? Of all players to put in the standstill picture, Ellsbury was the player chosen? C’mon, man.

– In the original Baseball series, the title of a new chapter would show on a black screen. In this version, that was not the case. I preferred the black screen. Just something about produced a greater, more dramatic affect.

– Without Buck O’Neil, the documentary lacked something. It was good, but O’Neil really made the original series special. Also, it was interesting to say how the people interviewed in 1994 aged. I mean like, really aged.

– I just want to point out far baseball feel from 1993 to 1994. In 1993 a Canadian team won the World Series (again) via a walk-off home run. Baseball was on the clouds. Then in 1994 there is a strike and baseball is at an all time low. I mean, they go from Joe Carter to no World Series. Just a complete 180 turnaround. Very saddening.

– I feel like the organization of the steroid section was too scrambled. It was a topic that reoccurred every so often. Personally, I would have preferred if he had just dealt with it in one take, rather than going back and forth.

All in all, it was good. The original series was much better in my opinion, and I believe the people interviewed in the original were a lot better than some of the new interviewees. I also feel like he tried to touch upon several topics, but was way too brief on them. That made it feel rushed to me. Overall I’d give it a C+/B-.

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3 Comments on “My take on Ken Burns’ 10th Inning”

  1. Devon Young Says:

    I agree with everything you’re saying. I’d rate it lower though. I’ve give it an F, it just missed too much that a casual fan would NEED to be aware of. I wish he’d rework the whole thing, but I doubt he will.

    I’d forgotten he didn’t cover ’91 or ’92 in the 9th inning. Since he picked up at the MLCS game 7 of ’92 & didn’t touch the ’92 Series, I figured he must’ve covered all that before and didn’t want to repeat everything.

  2. yankeecountry13 Says:

    I missed it but you summed it up pretty well. Just wanted to stop by and say Hi. You all are probably still mad at me, but just wanting to check in see how you, ES, twac, and j-hey are.


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