Moneyball is Here

September 24, 2011

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.



August 7, 2011

I can think of one word for our current state:


Frank should fire Ned immediately for his latest trade debacle. He should have been gone after the Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre signings. With the fans on a boycott and not a whole lot to get excited about this season, bringing in TRob to play LF would have been a positive diversion and at least some reason for optimism going forward in these dark ownership and GM times.

Ned Colletti has done as much to destroy the Dodgers on the field as Frank has to destroy them off the field. Even with the McCourts raping the team for their own personal interests, the team could have remained respectable and competitive on the field if we had a good/real GM and not a castoff G’aint and Cub PR guy.

Unfortunately, it looks like it is going to take a long time to fix the ownership and financial problems now that it is in our court system. However, a good first step in starting the resurrection of the Dodger franchise is immediately available.


This Day in Dodgers History

On August 7,2003 – Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds’ side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.