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And Another Thing

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Ken Burns hits a double

Which is to say ... having watched both halves of "The Tenth Inning," Burns' addendum to his 16-year-old "Baseball," series, I have to say it was worth extra bases. But it was more like a gapper off the wall than a dinger into the upper deck.

My biggest gripe: As good as Pedro Martinez and Joe Torre were as two of Burns' commentators, why were they so conspicuously absent during the segment on the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series?

Both Martinez and Torre were, after all, integral parts of that saga. Yet Martinez appeared for just two brief snippets, and Torre was nowhere to be seen. Instead, we got too-healthy doses of a columnist (Mike Barnicle) and a historian (Doris Kearns Goodwin).

What was up with that?

Ben Smith's blog.

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