If you've had a television on today anywhere in the Western hemisphere, you've probably seen a clip of Ken Burns promoting his latest documentary, "The Tenth Inning", which airs tonight and tomorrow on PBS. It's a sequel to his 1994 classic series "Baseball", and it tells the story of the strike, baseball's new Golden era and the steroid era.
Even if you don't love baseball, like Photoblogger Robert Hood, there's a lot to like about the way Ken Burns uses still photos in his films even though there is a wealth of video available. His technique of panning across still photos is so influential that it is known as "the Ken Burns effect" among filmmakers.
Among the baseball greats featured in the show are Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki. The film reminds us that the young Barry Bonds was one of the most complete and talented players of all time, even though he didn't hit very many home runs early in his career. Ichiro explains his mental approach to hitting, which is hard to understand even when translated to English.