Oakland A's

Moneyball

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
Sony Pictures - Brad Pitt as Billy Beane and Jonah Hill as Peter Brand

Moneyball, the adaption of the best selling 2003 novel by Michael Lewis, isn't your typical sports film. Then again, what Billy Beane did with the Oakland Athletics wasn't typical either. The movie, directed by Bennett Miller (Capote), centers as a biopic but is laced together through a dramatic narrative. Spanning the course of a year, Miller takes us on the emotional roller coaster of a baseball general manager, insightfully hitting poignant moments of despair and unexpected jolts of hope. In this sense, it's not a baseball movie; it's a movie about baseball. It’s a subtle difference, but one that ultimately is able to capture the hearts of non-sports fans and make them care about a man and team that defied the odds.

Moneyball Still Means Something

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
Sony Pictures - Brad Pitt as Billy Beane

Late September in the baseball year is usually the time for post season surges, when teams jockey for position and aim to win the division or wildcard. That’s probably the reason that Moneyball, the book, now movie starring Brad Pitt about the 2002 Oakland Athletics, is out this Friday. That year, under famed GM Billy Beane, the A’s won 103 games, collecting a late season stash of victories (including a 20-game winning streak) en route to sealing the A.L. west division title. How they got there is more impressive.