Baseball has long been a staple at the Cineplex. From true stories of the game’s legends to made up feel good pictures about kids playing sandlot, the great American past time has always gotten the big screen treatment. Now, “Moneyball,” one of the most famous books about baseball is coming to theaters and based on the just released first trailer, audiences should be excited to once again go out to the ballgame.
In an age where certain ball clubs have wild and out of control budgets, often the smaller market teams are seemingly priced out of the play-offs. Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, was one of the executives who realized that wasn’t going to change, but he also realized he may be able to use it to his team’s advantage.
Oscar nominee Brad Pitt will step into Beane’s role on screen and show just what the Oakland GM had in mind and just how resistant his colleagues were to the idea.Ironically, the title “Moneyball,” has nothing to do with big spending, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Beane came to the theory that the current stats that baseball experts focused on were out of date. No longer should players be solely judged on just batting average, but deeper and at time more detailed stats were the better option.
What’s so interesting about the trailer and the movie is the feel-good angle it’s going for as every studio aims for the next “The Blind Side.” Although many are wondering what the pay-off will be for the film as unlike “Blind Side,” there’s no clear “finale moment.” We all know Michael Orr went onto to play professional football, but the A’s never went on to win the World Series. In fact the team hasn’t even been in the playoffs since 2006. Some still question how Beane even still has a job.
Regardless of whether the A’s will ever win it all, the technique has produced a number of players that have eventually gone onto to play for contending teams and the movie should be able to leverage that success.
Directed by Oscar nominee Bennett Miller and adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball,” could either hit a homerun with audiences or strike out swinging; but at least it’s going to get the opportunity to have a shot; just like many of the players Beane helped bring to the big time.
“Moneyball” opens in theaters in New York and nationwide this September.
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