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Things that were neglected
- Only 10 seconds devoted to the White Sox World Series victory in 2005 breaking their 88 year drought between championships.
- No mention of the Detroit Tigers - One of the most interesting stories of the decade was how the Tigers went from an 119 loss season in 2003 to a World Series appearance in 2006? The 2006 series between the Tigers/Cardinals was a rematch of the classic '68 Fall Classic - however, less than 5 seconds of the 2006 World Series is shown.
- Never mentions the rise of Tampa Bay as a powerhouse
- Excludes the Minnesota Twins.... and their stars Joe Mauer, Johnan Santana, or Justn Morneau. The Twins and Oakland A's of the 2000-2010 were the antithesis of the Yankees and Red Sox , and despite not winning a World Series they should be considered as two of the dominant teams.
- No mention of Miguel Cabrera, Carl Crawford, Paul Konerko, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome, any of the Twins, or really any player who was unfortunate enough not to play on one of the coasts.
- The only player interviewed is Pedro Martinez... which is a great choice... but why couldn't players be interviewed?
- Why not have a segment on the announcers of the period...Read more ›
How about the Phillies in 2008? How about the White Sox breaking a DECADES long (longer than the Red Sox) drought to win the world series. How about Albert Pujols, arguably the best player of the past decade, who IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED? How about the Rockies winning 20 games in 21 days to go to the World Series in 2007? That is a damn good story, and there are plenty more from the past decade that were left out. I hate to break it to Ken Burns, but Baseball does happen outside of the Northeast...some darn good baseball actually.
I think this chapter focused too much on the negative, and not enough on the positive, for example Barry Bonds got easily 30 minutes of coverage, while Ken Griffey Jr, Cal Ripken Jr, and Ichiro Suzuki got maybe 2 minutes each.
If I were reviewing the "Bottom of the 10th" alone, giving it two stars would have been generous, but the "Top of the 10th" bumped up my ranking.
John Chancellor passed away in 1996 and is replaced as narrator by Keith David, which by itself gives this chapter a different feel than previous ones and it might take another viewing to adjust to the change. One thing that didn't change was Burns' obsession with beating particular topics HE cares about to death. After spending 2 chapters respectively bludgeoning us with ridiculous stories of Babe Ruth hitting balls into orbit and Satchel Paige throwing pitches that broke the sound barrier, 3/4 of this 4 hour installment is spent on Bonds, McGwire/Sosa and the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
The only redeeming qualities of The Tenth Inning are the great coverage of the 2001 season in the wake of 9/11 and the interviews with Joe Torre, Pedro Martinez, Kieth Olbermann and a few others. Hopefully, Burns will make The 11th Inning worth waiting for, because this one fell short.
That the Red Sox and Yankees get a lot of focus here should surprise no one. The Yankees basically owned the 90's and the Red Sox were the best story in the game from 2003-2007.
What fascinates most in watching the 10th inning is the pace of the project. I had forgotten what a master Burns is at slowing things down without being boring. In the shaky-cam, quick-cut over-amped world we live in, the measured tone that "Baseball, The Tenth Inning" delivers is truly something special.
Now if PBS could just get the full series released in Blu-Ray, we'll be all set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A long awaited and much appreciated sequel. If you are truly passionate about baseball, this is a "must-have" addition to your library.Published 5 months ago by Robert R. Blair
Not as thorough as the first 9 Innings but definitely worth while. I truly treasure the complete 10 Inning set, they are a must to have if you consider yourself any sort of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jason L. Cosby
Excellent, well documented. It is an update of Ken Burns Baseball series. Covers the 1990's to present, addressing baseball late policy of enforcing performance enhancing drugs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark
Please change the features, says that comes in Spanish, but only comes in English.Published 10 months ago by Iván Olave Lillo
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"I doubt anyone who does blu ray is gonna wanna watch 9 episodes standard and 1 blu ray."
I "do Blu-ray" and the 9 episodes on the standard DVDs I have is just fine for me. Most of the video footage in the later innings comes from old video tape sources anyway so there won't... Read More
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