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Major League Baseball announces three winners of actober.com contest10/23/2007 6:13 PM ET
Major League Baseball today announced the three winners of its actober.com contest, each of whom will receive an all expenses paid trip for two to Game Three of the 2007 World Series in Denver. After several rounds of competition, the three winners, Dan Mattioli (Los Angeles, California), Jake Bern (Oakland and Los Angeles, California) and Peter Tipold from (Nottawa, Ontario, Canada), were decided by an online vote. The competition launched in July at the 2007 All-Star Game.
"MLB fans have a passion for Baseball that transcends the playing field. Our fans mark time in their personal lives by Baseball events, particularly postseason Baseball events." said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. "Congratulations to our three actober.com winners - your work is now a part of our historic postseason archives."
"The Sox and Me," the actober video created by Dan Mattioli (with help from friend Bobby Goldstein), chronicles Dan's ups and downs from 1986 until 2004 with his life events occurring in parallel with the struggles and successes of the Boston Red Sox. Dan is also haunted by being constantly beaten by his close friend Bobby, who is a die-hard Yankees fan. As the years pass, Dan's life improves as the Red Sox "curse" in 1986 eventually gave way to their historic comeback to capture the 2004 ALCS and World Series, thus allowing Dan to land a great job and a nice car.
Jake Bern's actober video, "Ultimate Trailer," plays off Derek Jeter's "hot potato" relay flip that nailed Jeremy Giambi at home plate in Game Three of the Yankees' 2001 American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics. The video is a trailer for the fictional upcoming "Potato Man" feature film, which pits Jeter against the Athletics in a winner-takes-all death match of hot potato.
Peter Tipold's actober video "The Right Call" revisits the controversial call at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. The video explains how umpire Don Denkinger actually got the call right, since a Kansas City Royals fan threw an ashtray onto first base, and thus Todd Worrell technically didn't touch the bag (only the ashtray), and the runner, Jorge Orta, really was safe after all.
"The results of this inaugural user-generated film festival of sorts exceeded all expectations," said Dinn Mann, Executive Vice President, Content, Editor-in-Chief, MLB Advanced Media. "Fans worldwide and celebrities alike embraced this platform and generated unforgettable material about the games and teams they clearly cherish. This was one important step in our continuing development of creative, effective social networking vehicles on MLB.com."
Powered by MLB.com in partnership with social media solution provider Reality Digital, actober.com provided fans unprecedented access to the largest online archive of MLB footage in the world. The actober.com concept was created by McCann-Erickson. Fans chose from more than 60 clips of historical postseason baseball footage, and, combined with their own experiences, insight and creativity, created short films on the subject of postseason baseball. Since its launch at the All-Star Game in July, actober.com has received more than three million page views. Several celebrities created their own actober.com moments, including James Caan, Jeff Probst, Larry Miller, Ellen Pompeo and TBS broadcaster Chip Caray.
NOTE: B-roll of winning actobers and other highlights available at http://www.criticalmention.com/vg/mlb/ .
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