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.