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Ken Burns stops by the Post to talk baseball

PBS's favorite documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will throw out the first pitch at the Nationals game Tuesday night (on MASN2 at 7 p.m.) and - in one of those extraordinary coincidences that makes covering TV such a transcendental experience - he's also out promoting his newest film called "The Tenth Inning," which is a follow-up to his 16-tear-old documentary, "Baseball."

Plugging "The Tenth Inning", which debuts on PBS in late September and picks up the story at the 1994 strike that alienated millions of baseball fans, is also why Burns stopped by The Washington Post Tuesday afternoon to chat with reporters and editors.

As most Washington residents know, Tuesday's game isn't just any old game - and not just because America's favorite documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is throwing out the first pitch. It's also the Major League Pitching Debut of Baseball Phenom Stephen Strasburg.

"Look, [Strasburg] is probably terrified, and didn't sleep at all last night," Burns told a small group of Posties Tuesday afternoon, including WaPo TeamTV's Ken Burns bureau chief Emily Yahr.

"I'm going to look bad just so this kid can look good."

Post reporters wanted to chat with Burns about last week's "imperfect" game controversy, in which umpire Jim Joyce mistakenly called a Cleveland Indians player safe at first base, costing Detriot Tiger's pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

For the record, Burns thinks it was the right decision to not reverse the call and give Galarraga the perfect game for the history books.

Among the talking heads and interviews in the film will be Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Though Selig has taken heat for not giving Galarrga the perfect game last week, Burns said he thinks that in the scope of baseball history, Selig will be viewed "pretty well" even though "on his watch, the steroid era took place," because "on his watch, they got their act together."

That Burns - such an optimist.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  June 8, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
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I think the three figures that should be focused on in this segment are Jose Canseco, Cal Ripken Jr., and Rudy Giuliani.

Who's the narrator now that John Chancellor is dead?

Posted by: bs2004 | June 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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