The movie Moneyball was released in the latter part of the summer and the earlier part of the fall and at the first look of it, it seemed like only baseball fans would have enjoyed the movie but after seeing the movie a few times I have found out that the movie isn’t just for fans like me but for everyone including your mom who can’t decipher the cryptic code that is the RBI.
Thursday, the hit baseball movie was awarded with four Golden Globe nominations. It was nominated in the drama category for best motion picture, best actor (Brad Pitt), best supporting actor (Jonah Hill), and best screenplay (Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian).
The movie is based off the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis even though it doesn’t include every detail from the book. The movie focuses on General Manager Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics putting together a team that lost three of their top players, Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen, to free agency and bigger market teams in 2002. With the lack of funds to use, Beane and his assistant Peter Brand (Paul DePodesta) put together a winning team using sabermetrics.
The movie seems to throw a bunch of statistics at you but it does try to explain what certain things mean which makes it easier for non-baseball fans to understand. I personally enjoyed the movie as I did the book even though I think the movie could have used more from the book itself.
It is one of my favorite movies of all-time and I think that it should win at least one of the four awards that the movie has been nominated for.
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