Ken Burns will throw out first pitch on Strasmas
Ken Burns had long planned on a June trip to D.C. to help promote his new baseball documentary, The Tenth Inning, a four-hour update to his 1994 Baseball epic. As part of his D.C. tour, it was arranged that Burns would throw out the first pitch at Nats Park on June 8.
That date became slightly more significant in the last few days, when the Nats announced it as the scheduled date for Baseball Jeezus's Major League debut. And so now, the most famous baseball documentarian will throw the final pitch at Nats Park before Stephen Strasburg takes the mound.
I mean, talk about a happy coincidence. Burns can start collecting footage immediately for the inevitable 17-part series on Strasburg's life and times. A sepia cloud can descend upon the whole stadium as dusk gently falls on the emerald chessboard. The voice of Sullivan Ballou will emerge, without us even realizing it, over the PA system.
Feels a bit more appropriate than the June 9 Nats Park anthem singer
first pitcher, American Idol's David Archuleta.
The Tenth Inning, by the way, will premiere in late September on PBS, the four hours spread over two parts. The film "celebrates baseball's new Golden Age -- an era of unprecedented home run totals, popularity and prosperity -- and sheds light on one of the game's darkest chapters -- the steroid era." Among the stars, of course, is Cal Ripken. They seem to have forgotten to mention any Nats in the press release. Read more here.
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