Sunday, September 26, 2010

Baseball: The Tenth Inning

If you're a serious baseball fan (and you must be if you're following this blog), you'll want to be watching PBS this Tuesday and Wednesday night. Ken Burns has updated his landmark Emmy Award-winning documentary Baseball by adding a four-hour, two-part episode that walks us through the compelling issues in the game since 1994. The new episode is titled, simply, Baseball: The Tenth Inning.

Of particular interest to this blogger is the significant segment that is dedicated to the 1994 Montreal Expos, a team that had a 74-40 record when a player strike resulted in the cancellation of the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. The Montreal Expos and their fans would never recover from that blow. Other issues that are dealt with include the steroid scandal, the epic home run race between McGwire and Sosa that helped save baseball, and the increasing impact of Latino and Japanese players.

For Shaw Cable viewers in Victoria, you can watch it on Seattle's PBS affiliate (channel 19 or 204 in HD) from 8 to 10 PM on both nights. It will be repeated from 10 PM to midnight. Detroit's PBS affiliate (channel 87) will also air The Tenth Inning from 5 to 7 PM PST both nights, with a repeat broadcast from 7 to 9 PM.