Baseball: Season 1, Episode 10

The Tenth Inning: Top of the Tenth (28 Sep. 2010)

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This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990's onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994. The ... See full summary »

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This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990's onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994. The Montreal Expos were the best team in baseball at the time but when a Federal judge blocked the owners from unilaterally imposing a contract (which would have let them use replacement players) it quickly came to an end and the players returned to work under the old contract. Attendance dropped after that but the game recovered quickly with the heroics of Cal Ripkin Jr. By the end of 1990's, fans were caught up in the home run derby presented by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. There was also the first whiff of scandal when McGwire was accused of using steroids. It was also an era when new baseball stadiums were built in many cities, evoking an earlier age when the parks were built specifically for the sport. The curse of the Bambino finally came to an end with the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in ... Written by garykmcd

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A Trip Back to the Ballpark
22 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Baseball: The Tenth Inning 'Top of the Tenth' (2010)

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Sixteen years after his mammoth, nine episode look at the sport, director Ken Burns released another two parts taking a look at the events that followed the last episode. Topics covered include Barry and Bobby Bonds, the Pittsburg versus Atlanta Game 7 play at the plate, Albert Belle caught cheating, Ken Griffey, Jr., steroids, the '94 Montreal Expos, the end of the '94 series, Joe Torre taking the Yankees to the World Series, the Braves triple threat pitchers, Latin players and we end with a look at the McGuire/Sosa chase for Roger Maris' home run record. I think it's fair to say that this episode doesn't contain the same type of magic as the first series but that doesn't mean this is a bad movie or anything close. THE TENTH INNING is an excellent documentary that once again truly captures the mood and spirit of the events it shows but at the same time, perhaps because the stuff is just so recent, it doesn't strike the same feel as the earlier films. With that said, baseball fans and history buffs will still enjoy the topics covered here. Credit has to go to Burns for taking such recent material and being able to make it interesting. This is especially true when it came time to discuss the legendary home run chase as the filmmaker perfectly captures the spirit in the country and how a hot topic it was back in the day. We also get a good look at the 1994 strike and the following year's hot topic of Cal Ripken breaking the games played streak. The one benefit of more recent stuff is that everything is on video in full glory for us to re-watch.


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