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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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The stars have truly alligned. I am shocked, shocked (much as Louis was "shocked" that there was gambling at Rick's) that they forgot to mention the NATS in the press release!!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | June 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

How bout Strasukah or Kwansburg?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

June 7, 2010

Nationals Park, Washington DC

Dear Sarah:

The indications are very strong that he shall start in a few days - perhaps tomorrow. And lest I should not be able to write you again I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I am no more.

I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the game which I will attend, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of Strasburg and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the minor leagues and suffering of the Great Strike of 1994. And I am willing - perfectly willing - to spend upwards of $200, to help retain this pitcher, and to pay his salary.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break; and yet my love of Baseball comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly with all those chains to the ballpark. The memory of all the blissful moments I have enjoyed with you come crowding over me, and I feel most deeply grateful to God and you, that I have enjoyed them for so long. And how hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes and future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honorable manhood around us.

If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when the last cheer escapes my lips at the ballpark, it will whisper your name...

Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless, how foolish I have sometimes been!...

But, 0 Sarah, if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they love, I shall always be with you, in the brightest day and in the darkest night... always, always. And when the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath, or the cool air your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.

Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone to the ballpark and wait for me, for we shall meet again...

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Feliz NaviStras!

Posted by: km352 | June 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So ya know, I think David Archuleta is gonna be SINGING at Nats Park on June 9th, not throwing out the first pitch. He does that a lot--SING, that is. For Jazz playoff games, the Pro-Bowl, the US Open, and I hear, for a game in Nats Park.

Posted by: karendisbrow | June 3, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, you better hope Burns does a better job on this next documentary than he did with the WWII piece where he failed to give face time to examples of ALL ethnicities, to ALL of those brave souls who have fought for our country.

It seems this rag and the Boston Herald are plagued by the same malady "let me get some attention for myself" snarky comments ie., "Feels a bit more appropriate than the June 9 Nats Park anthem singer first pitcher, American Idol's David Archuleta."

Looks like Mr. Steinbag is not above prissy gossipy little comments to make himself feel like a real jock.

Act like a man for gosh sakes.

Posted by: LaLiliana | June 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

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