Ken Burns knows about perspective. So when an audience member at a lecture by the famed documentarian asked Burns about the escalating salaries, he had an easy response.
"If an outfield stays together when you're 10, 11 and 12, that's a quarter of your life," Burns said. "It's the relativity of time."
It was 11 years ago that Burns' 18 1/2-hour documentary on the history of baseball became the most-watched show in the history of PBS, and in the interceding time, the game has seen a strike and the recent steroids scandal.
Yet, when asked if the current time was the "Civil War" of baseball, Burns scoffed.
"Did you watch the World Series and playoffs last year?" he said. "It's never been better. It's utterly reflective of who we are right now, the good and the bad."