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June 11, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Five Baseball Reenactment Videos Perhaps Worth Watching

by Sam Miller

Earlier today, Grant Brisbee reposted a thing that Matthew Callen had posted of a bunch of kids in Kenya recreating the 1986 World Series. Well, there's no topping that, so reposts away!

Reenactments of famous baseball events are a genre that really hasn't found its John Ford or Errol Morris yet. Most reenactments online are brutally amateurish, joyless affairs. Most end up with kid-on-kid wrestling. A morning spent watching reenactments of famous baseball events is a bad way to spend one's morning, which is why I am rewarding myself with a bottle of root beer. You earned it, Sam.

I can't top Kenya Kids Recreate 1986 World Series. But there are a few reenactment videos worth watching, and these are those videos, and why:

1. Kirk Gibson's 1988 home run, in Legos. 

Why it's worth watching: To see the flutter of Dennis Eckersley's pitches rendered in claymation.

2. Johnny Bench and a giant chicken doing George Brett's pine-tar home run. 

Why it's worth watching: Early-1980s children's television; Johnny Bench; giant chicken. 

3. 50 greatest collisions. 

Why it's worth watching: Violence.

4. Red/Cardinals brawl of 2010. 

Why it's worth watching: For the physical representation of Tony LaRussa. 

5. Otis Nixon's World Series-ending bunt. 

Why it's worth watching: Because it's actually Otis Nixon! In the snow! And because it really gives you the sense that baseball outcomes actually matter more to the fans than to the players, which I'm pretty sure is true.

That's a well-produced 23 minutes, but if you don't want to watch 23 minutes of Canadian TV to get to the payoff, here's just the bunt:

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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