A lot of people aren’t sure what to do with their time now since Colorado Rockies spring training games and the regular season is postponed, their school/university may be closed, some workplaces are closed, and if they are practicing “social distancing.” But there is something that you can do to pass a lot of time…for free.
We are in some unprecedented territory in the world right now. The Colorado Rockies are not playing for the foreseeable and nor is any professional sports game for weeks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and many people are practicing “social distancing” as not to possibly spread the virus (or anything else).
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As a result, many people are spending more time in their homes trying to find out how to spend their time. Today, a way for baseball fans to pass the time was announced on Twitter.
It is Ken Burns’ documentary series “Baseball.” Burns announced on Twitter today that after he requested PBS to unlock the series for free for a limited time, they obliged so you can stream the documentary for free.
The original nine “innings” came out the last time that baseball had a long, unplanned layoff like this since it was released in September 1994, when the players were in the midst of a strike that lasted until the following spring. Burns released a two-part epilogue, “The Tenth Inning,” in 2010.
Combined, all “ten innings” are over 22.5 hours of history on America’s Pastime, going all the way to its beginnings a century and a half ago all the way up to today’s game.
Burns also created a short video to convey his message for people in this difficult time. You can watch it below.
You can watch the series here. I have watched the series before and highly recommend it, whether you are self-quarantining or not.
Some of Burns’ other documentaries, like his recent documentary on the Vietnam War, are available on streaming services (e.g. Netflix) so for the history nerds out there like me, his documentaries are an excellent way to pass some of the time.
If you want to check out some of the other documentary topics he has done through the decades and the ones that he has coming up soon, you can check them out here.
In the meantime, we will also have plenty of things for you to read about the Rockies here on Rox Pile so stay tuned for some of our historical series and our series on looking forward to the inevitable return of baseball.