Ace your actober.com history test

With Contest 2 winding down and Contest 3 in full swing, it?s time to get working on your actober.com
recreation. If you?re stuck on where to start, here are a few ideas that could get the wheels
spinning ?

  • Make
    history:
    There?s almost
    no way to do a poor job reenacting Babe Ruth?s called shot, since no clear video
    of it exists. You can decide exactly how it really
    looked.
  • Rewrite history:
    What would have happened if Don
    Denkinger had made a different call at first? Cardinals fans, here?s your chance
    to show us
    !
  • Make a
    trade:
    If Jeffrey Maier were an Orioles
    fan instead of a Yankees fan, what would have happened to Jeter?s infamous fly
    to right?

Until next time
?

Staying outside the diamond …

Here are a few more creative avenues for aspiring actober filmmakers to consider ? 

  • News
    clippings/photographs:
    What better way to recreate
    history than with the pictures that captured it all?
     
  • Cardboard
    cutouts
    /posters: Tell a life-sized story with the
    early ancestors of the Fathead.
  • Theater: Stage a
    one-act play or musical with actors ? or sock puppets — knee-high sock
    puppets.
     
  • Art: Sketch or paint a picture of your
    favorite actober Moment.

The possibilities are as boundless
as the memories of October. Keep an open mind, and you could be headed to the
Fall Classic. Until tomorrow …

actober.com debuts

MLB.com launched actober.com on July 10 – a new contest that challenges fans to recreate famous postseason moments.

Here’s how it works:

  • MLB.com will post 11 lists of famous postseason moments for you to reenact on video.
  • After each list is posted, you’ll have 10 days to put together your own video and upload it through the actober.com site.
  • Your goal is to be creative as possible: Recreate a moment, change the outcome or show your own interpretation. You can download video and audio clips of each moment straight from actober.com to use in your productions.
  • Once each submission period closes, a panel from MLB will select the five most compelling entries, then post those videos, so viewers can vote on the best of the bunch. All other video entries will also be posted at this time.
  • Voting will run a week for each group of five, with the top vote recipient winning a $150 MLB.com Shop gift certificate and entry into the actober.com finals, to take place in October.
  • During the finals, fans will be able to select their favorite video from all the weekly winners. The participants with the three most popular videos will each win a trip for two to the 2007 World Series.

The first group of plays (Game-winners – Part I) contains these five memorable blasts:

Bobby Thomson, 1951 three-game playoff, Game 3: Thomson’s three-run blast off Dodgers reliever Ralph Branca gave the Giants a 5-4 victory and a trip to the World Series.

Ozzie Smith, 1985 NLCS, Game 5: The Wizard’s unlikely ninth-inning homer off the Dodgers’ Tom Niedenfuer moved St. Louis within one game of the NL pennant.

Steve Garvey, 1984 NLCS, Game 4: The Padres first baseman forced a fifth and decisive game with his two-run, ninth-inning shot off Cubs closer Lee Smith.

Kirby Puckett, 1991 World Series, Game 6: Puckett’s 11th-inning homer off Atlanta’s Charlie Liebrandt gave the Twins a 4-3 win and forced a seventh game.

Aaron Boone, 2003 ALCS, Game 7: Boone’s homer off Wakefield sent the Yankees to their 39th World Series and prolonged Boston’s championship drought.

Fans have until 11:59 p.m. on July 22 to submit their entries for this category.

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