Moneyball is Here

I thought I would wait until “Moneyball” is available for download before seeing it but when I saw my local theater has a special twilight (4:30) price, I decided to get out of the house and go see it.  I am a fan of all baseball movies from fantasies like “It Happens Every Spring” to documentaries like “Ken Burns Baseball” and everything in between.  It did not disappoint.  “Moneyball” combines TV footage of the A’s with theatrical footage of the  story of Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics.

The movie gives a behind the scenes look at what happens when a young general manager, hampered by a low budget, tries to change the baseball culture of old time scouts who have different ideas about who to sign.  Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill give good performances as Billy Beane and Peter Brand (Paul DePodesta did not want his name used for his character) respectively.  The film, which also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, has a very solid script, and really superb acting throughout.  Longtime Dodgers scout Artie Harris also has a bit part in the film playing one of the crusty old scouts that don’t quite understand Beane’s plan to use statistics rather than instincts to evaluate new players.

“Moneyball” was better than I was expecting.  I have a feeling that readers of this blog would also like it.  Sports Illustrated has a good article about the movie.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 24, 2003 – Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz’s National League mark for saves as he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer converted 55 consecutive opportunites, which is also a record.


46 Responses to Moneyball is Here

  1. Nellyjune says:

    I am a big fan of any baseball movie. Just watched “For the Love of the Game” yesterday. Thanks for the review. I have heard all good things so far.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    I would like to see it too. I think it would be perfect for another one of our Ladies’ Night Out….which I desperately need 😉

  3. grizzy says:

    I see MLB finally grew a pair. I’m just curious to know what the hold up was.
    Kemp thinks this team can get to the playoffs next year, and I cannot help but agree. The nucleus is there. I really do not think we can expect the same numbers from Matt, but a healthy Ethier, and a consistent Loney and we’re on our way. Loney may not stay, and some of the others certainly will not. Another bat would certainly help the cause. I hope Kuroda stays another year, but time is not on our side there. Another solid starter and we compete. All the pieces are not there yet, which makes for an interesting off-season, but A NEW OWNER, might get us most of these.

  4. nedisajerk says:

    RHP Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the eighth inning. He has 91 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings and has struck out 15.96 batters per nine innings, just behind the record of 15.99, set by Carlos Marmol in 2010.

  5. I’m planning to see “Moneyball” on this coming Wednesday.
    Although I find that I have very little interest in this part of the game, maybe the movie might give me more of an understanding of what goes on.

  6. messagebear says:

    We’ve now reached 79 wins for the season, which I believe is the level I predicted before the season began. So, in spite of all the problems, I’d have to admit that the Dodgers are exceeding my expectations. To be fair, I’d have to say that is because two of our players, maybe three, have done a spectacular job. Matt and Kersh for sure, but also Javy pretty much unexpectedly. If we can throw off some of the deadwood accumulated by that other deadwood named Ned, we could have a good rebuilding year in 2012.

    On another note, I only wish that things would clear up concerning our miserable ownership. I’m glad to see that MLB is striking out to bring things to a head. Not really confident that their approach will succeed. I can just picture the legal system and the bankruptcy court in particular waiting to put MLB and the whole sporting industry in their place. Let’s not forget that the courts like to play by their own rules, even if they have to set them as they go along. Frank and his lawyer cohorts probably understand that very well. I still think that the best chance for the Dodger sale to come about will be Jamie’s actions, and the court recognizing her as part owner.

  7. trublu4ever says:

    Single for Matty in the 1st……way to go!

    Good news, Kennedy gave up a run in the 1st….even better news, the gnats gave up at least 4….pitching change already!

  8. trublu4ever says:

    I have faith that Kersh will win tomorrow and, all of his numbers are better.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Justin Sellers may not be hitting much right now but, that will come around in ST….he is a stud with the glove and, they should keep the Gordon/Sellers tandem.

  10. Thought Donnie might rest Velez after he set the record. I’m also getting the impression that Ned landed another big ZERO in Federowicz.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    The Padres’ “fans” are idiots….they are at the bottom (maybe Rockies are now) and all the can do is chant: “Beat L.A.”

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Sheeeit…now he hits somebody! Be careful when you come to bat, Matty!

  13. Does this version of the Amazing Imploding Billingsley come optional with solar power or are batteries included?

  14. trublu4ever says:

    Really like the Sandman!

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Damn…Bison just missed that!

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Talk about imploding….the gnats are being bombed!

  17. This team won’t go anywhere next year with an ace and four jokers in the starting rotation. After Kersh, its a crapshoot what you’re going to get. The way Billz flattened out in his career, that almost puts Lilly as your #2 going into next season. No way you can win with that. Never fear though, Ned will always come through with a 3-year contract for those that don’t warrant it.

    A GM savant Ned isn’t.

    He does have the idiot part down pat though.

  18. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh well! Rubber game tomorrow!
    Hoping Kersh will be in fine form for his 21st. . .

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Memo to Donnie: Please put the best possible lineup on the field tomorrow. We’d like Kersh to have a chance at #21. If you insist on playing the scrubs, wait one game! I don’t care to see Velez or Mitchell out there. Thank-you.

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