Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

  1. #1
    Maple SERP savafan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    17,564

    Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slu...yhoo&type=lgns

    By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

    BOSTON – Ken Burns stood atop the Green Monster and inhaled a swallow of chilly air. It was about 11 p.m., and he had been at Fenway Park for nine hours awaiting this moment. Burns needed it to be perfect, because if he was going to break his own rules, he’d settle for nothing less.

    Burns had said he would never make a sequel. And here he was, at his favorite ballpark, with his favorite cinematographer, watching his favorite team, and doing just that. The nine-part “Baseball” series Burns delivered on PBS in 1994 wasn’t just a documentary about a sport. It was an oral history of the nation’s last 100 years told through a game that so often mirrors its country’s fortunes, and the 15 years since begged for Burns’ eye to be turned on baseball once more.

    So what started as a seed in Burns’ head following the 2004 World Series bloomed into what he’s deeming the “10th inning” – a look at steroids and statistics, the Latin American and Japanese revolution, dynasties built and curses broken, and how no matter the feelings of the public about baseball or its flagging popularity, its place in America remains unchanged.

    “It’s an incredibly instructive period,” Burns said. “You don’t need to have these black-and-white judgments. We have to have a complicated relationship with what happened. Baseball requires stories to be told.

    “In all my films, I’ve said I ask one deceptively simple question: Who are we? Who are those strange and complicated people who like to call themselves Americans? You don’t answer that question. You hopefully deepen it.”

    Which brought Burns and his five-person crew to the Monster seats, minutes before the final bank of lights went out for the night. The arc of the 10th inning will be told through a day at the stadium, and Fenway, his Sistine Chapel for the last 37 years, was an easy choice. The plan is for the film to close with Fenway going dark.

    “I wanted to end this on Buck’s induction to the Hall of Fame,” Burns said, referring to Buck O’Neil, the breakout star of the original “Baseball” with his spirited retelling of days spent in the Negro Leagues. A committee of academics and historians didn’t elect O’Neil in his final shot at the Hall, and he died eight months later.

    “I’m still threatening to do something with Buck at the end,” Burns said.

    The film is scheduled to debut in September 2010 on PBS, and after one more shoot over the weekend in Brooklyn, Burns will hunker down at his house in Walpole, N.H., and start cutting together what’s supposed to be a two-hour film. How he’ll cram the ’94 strike and the Yankees’ dynasty and Sosa and McGwire and Bonds and steroids and the 2004 ALCS and the Red Sox finally winning and countless other things into two hours is another question altogether.

    Burns concerned himself Wednesday with gathering the minutiae of a day at Fenway. Buddy Squires, the brilliant cinematographer and Burns’ partner for more than 30 years, captured batting practice and the national anthem and the drunken revelry of fans bleating “Sweet Caroline.” The others in the crew – producer Dave McMahon, Burns’ eldest daughter, Sarah, assistant cameraman Pat Kelly and soundman Frank Coakley – ran from one corner of Fenway to the next, collaborating on almost every shot.

    They marveled at the grounds crew’s attention to detail, how one member plopped individual grains of sand into the wet ground and how another tossed cumulus clouds of dirt.

    “What we need to get is some Catholic Mass music for this,” Burns said.

    The whole experience is religious for Burns, from the first five-day shoot in the Dominican Republic to the spring training 2007 interview with Ichiro(notes) Suzuki (in Japanese, to be subtitled) to the mornings spent at Camden Yards, Citi Field and Fenway catching the sun crest over each park.

    Whether unveiling a film on sports, war, race, music or his latest on the national parks, Burns cuts into the human experience and leaves an impression on his audience. Every step he took at Fenway, someone called out his name or asked for an autograph. He obliged. Burns is unfailingly polite and charming, and he plays the part of documentarian well, from the blue blazer-and-jeans uniform to the prose that flows from his mouth.

    “You speak in perfect paragraphs,” said Larry Lucchino, the Red Sox’s president, who Wednesday followed Burns on a NESN broadcast, which was like going on after Richard Pryor at the Apollo.

    Burns visited with friends Lucchino and Red Sox owner Tom Werner later in the night before rejoining the crew for the ninth inning. When Jonathan Papelbon(notes) worked out of a jam for a 5-4 Red Sox victory, Burns lifted his right arm in triumph.

    “Surprised he didn’t raise both,” McMahon said.

    It was Boston finally winning a World Series, after all, that got him back here. Burns stuck with the Red Sox for all those years because he felt like the Red Sox stuck with him. Though baseball hasn’t been quite so reciprocal over the last decade, it’s a tough sport to shake, something to which Burns can attest.

    “I have a love affair with the game,” he said.

    So he was hoping that final shot would look as stunning as he imagined it. All of the other lights at Fenway were out. Sarah was in the control room to relay the countdown to the crew. It started: 20, 19, 18 …

    This was a documentary. No do-overs. If something went wrong, they’d have to figure out something in the editing room.

    10, 9, 8 …

    Burns stood tall. The cold didn’t bother him. Squires had framed the shot perfectly. This was it.

    3, 2, 1 …

    The lights went dark. The rest of the city cast its glow toward Fenway. The 97-year-old stadium was shrouded by the city that adores it. The 10th inning had its final image.

    It was gorgeous.
    My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Beer is good!! George Anderson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    4,728

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    I wonder if Burns will have anything about in it about the Yankees or Redsox?
    "Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard

  4. #3
    Oy Vey! Red in Chicago's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    3,426

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I wonder if Burns will have anything about in it about the Yankees or Redsox?
    While the original series was great to watch, the overwhelming bias towards everything east coast becomes an annoyance at some point in time.

  5. #4
    Knowledge Is Good Big Klu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Cambridge, OH
    Posts
    18,645

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    I have never watched the miniseries. It aired in 1994, just after the season-ending strike, and I was so upset with baseball at the time that I made a point not to watch it. And I never have gotten around to watching it.
    Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.

  6. #5
    Rally Onion! Chip R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    34,345

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    I have never watched the miniseries. It aired in 1994, just after the season-ending strike, and I was so upset with baseball at the time that I made a point not to watch it. And I never have gotten around to watching it.

    You should do it, Big Klu.
    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-...24872650873160

  7. #6
    Just The Big Picture macro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    The Bluegrass State
    Posts
    6,150

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    I recorded the whole thing on VHS back in '94 and have always wanted to have the DVD set. I may now wait until the 10th inning is added before I buy it or ask Santa for it.

    Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.

  8. #7
    post hype sleeper cincinnati chili's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    10,791

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago View Post
    While the original series was great to watch, the overwhelming bias towards everything east coast becomes an annoyance at some point in time.
    IMO, this is completely understandable considering that through most of Baseball's history approximately half of the teams were located on the east coast (8 of 16 teams in NY, DC, Boston or Philly) and another 25% were in the eastern time zone. Then there's the fact that the Yankees have won about 25% of the championships.

    I love the Baseball series, and I welcome this sequel.
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

  9. #8
    We Need Our Myths reds1869's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Overlooking GABP
    Posts
    4,448

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    I bought the DVD set for $40 brand new during an Amazon special a few months back. It has been worth every penny.

  10. #9
    So Long Uncle Joe BoydsOfSummer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Hamilton,Ohio
    Posts
    3,850

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    I have never watched the miniseries. It aired in 1994, just after the season-ending strike, and I was so upset with baseball at the time that I made a point not to watch it. And I never have gotten around to watching it.
    I totally get why you didn't see it but it really is an awesome watch. I watch the entire thing every winter.
    0 Value Over Replacement Poster


    "Sit over here next to Johnathan (Bench)...sit right here, he's smart."--Sparky Anderson

  11. #10
    Hisssssssss Yachtzee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Land of the Lost
    Posts
    7,250

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    IMO, this is completely understandable considering that through most of Baseball's history approximately half of the teams were located on the east coast (8 of 16 teams in NY, DC, Boston or Philly) and another 25% were in the eastern time zone. Then there's the fact that the Yankees have won about 25% of the championships.

    I love the Baseball series, and I welcome this sequel.
    Well, it actually would have been nice if Burns had ventured further past the Hudson River, to be honest. There is a rich and vibrant history of baseball that didn't involve the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers or Giants. I have the Baseball Series on video, but actually preferred HBO's "When it Was a Game" series. There were always quite a few shots of Crosley Field in color in those ones.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

  12. #11
    Hey Cubs Fans RFS62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    16,601

    Re: Ken Burns' 10th Inning, sequel to "Baseball" coming to PBS in September 2010

    Loved the original. Can't wait for this one.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    ~ Mark Twain


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25