Spring is right around the corner. And that means that the best sport in the world, baseball, is right around the corner. Over the next few weeks, baseball movies will flood your TV. To enhance your enjoyment of those movies and to put it all in perspective, here’s a timeline of baseball movie events. Enjoy! Continue reading
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I finally caught up with The Artist and Midnight in Paris this past week, bringing my paltry total up to five of the nine Best Picture nominees that I’ve seen. I can’t promise that I’ll see those other four, either before or even after the Oscar is handed out. But I have some rambling thoughts about the five that I have seen. Continue reading
Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill, hits theaters this coming Friday. It’s the adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, published in 2003. The subject of both the film and the book is Billy Beane, General Manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics. The book tells the tale of how Beane’s A’s managed to compete at a very high level, year in and year out, against teams that had considerably larger budgets. Specifically, Lewis pointed to Beane’s ability to find undervalued commodities on the baseball market to maximize the value of his roster. What goes unsaid is that Beane was not the first- and certainly will not be the last- to find a way to maximize his roster with undervalued commodities. Here are some examples of other teams from baseball history who, despite mirroring Beane’s accomplishments, will never have a movie made about them. Continue reading
In 2003, Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball hit bookshelves and touched off a firestorm of discussion all around the game of baseball. Fans argued about it, divying up sides: Stats vs. Scouts. Print journalists devoted a great deal of time to it. Grizzled baseball veterans in the national media, like Joe Morgan, took grave offense to it. Entire Major League front offices were re-shaped around the principles in the book. And now eight years after the book was released, a film about the book will be hitting theaters this fall. The trailer was released last week on Entertainment Tonight. At first blush, the film seems like a hardcore baseball fan’s dream come true. But there are red flags all over the place. Here’s why I’m filled with just as much dread as I am excitement about the movie.
First, let’s establish some more background. Here is the film’s trailer: Continue reading