Two nights ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a last-minute ticket to an advance screening of Moneyball. As an avid Oakland A’s fan since high school (nothing like rooting for the underdog…), I’ve been waiting for the opening credits of this movie to roll for years, and the film totally outdid my expectations. For those of you unfamiliar with Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the novel tells the story of Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s unconventional, mathematical approach to putting together a competitive team in 2002, while dealing with one of the smallest payrolls in all of baseball. The film adaptation stars Brad Pitt as Beane and Jonah Hill as his data-oriented Assistant GM, both of whom do a stellar job in their roles. The film is funny and heartwarming (and at times, heartbreaking for an A’s fan, as we’re forced to relive moments like the A’s blowing an 11-run lead) and anything but a cliche sports movie. And it’s not just for fans of the green and gold! Even my friends who aren’t baseball fans, let alone A’s fans, loved it. With the Giants lingering seven games back on the chase for the NL Wild Card (and let’s not even talk about the A’s), it looks like Bay Area baseball season is winding down, so prolong the season by checking out Moneyball when it hits theaters on September 23.
Photo via Official Moneyball Movie Website.