That improbable 2004 victory, followed five months later by
Picking up where
"This is the greatest game ever invented," Burns said. "Let us never forget this is the only team sport in which there is no clock, the only team sport in which the defense always has the ball, the only team sport in which the person scores and not the ball, and the only sport which has a rigid diamond but every outfield is different. Plus, there's the idea that you can only use your best player once every nine times at bat. You can inbound the ball to
Burns started on
The filmmaker said he reached out to both Bonds and McGwire and was ultimately turned down. Selig appears on screen during an extended discussion on the steroid era. Said Burns: "I think MLB knew that there would be some stuff that was going to be unpleasant, but I think in the end Bud really understood that this stuff is bantered about every day on talk radio and in much more vitriolic and unfair terms. He knew we would be fair."
"Like all other eras, it's going to require fathers and mothers to tell daughters and sons the story behind the statistics in the only game where statistics matter," Burns continued. "The ultimate star of the game is its resiliency and willingness to deliver lessons about loss and life."
How does Burns view Bonds? "I've come out of this realizing how incredibly great a player he was and and how unfortunate that at least until 2007, when the Mitchell Report named Clemens, he was the poster boy for all of this despite
Clearly, Burns's passion is the Red Sox and the film often plays a bit like a love letter to the Old Towne Team. Obviously, baseball fans will love this series but if one were looking at nitpicks here's a couple: There's very little on Cardinals star
Burns said he is already planning to do an Eleventh Inning and the goal is to debut it in 2020. "I would start with [Tigers pitcher]