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June 16, 2011

Wezen-Ball

The New "Moneyball" Movie Is...

by Larry Granillo

The trailer for the new Moneyball movie is out and it looks pretty darn good.

And I mean "looks good" literally. The sound on my computer doesn't work right now, so I have no idea what they're saying, but the visuals are great. Brad Pitt looks handsome and in charge, Jonah Hill looks like he's seen a few spreadsheets in his time, and Philip Seymour Hoffman has never chewed more gum in his life. It's going to be great.

In case you haven't had a chance to watch the trailer, or if you're looking for a brief synopsis of what the movie will be about, I've done my best to piece together the story of the movie. Here goes:

Brad Pitt is a gypsy boxer who works for the A's. He doesn't get a chance to box all that often, so he likes to wear tennis visors and throw desks over. Jonah Hill is an overweight high school senior with a loud mouth who needs to deliver Pitt to the Oakland Coliseum. He convinces Pitt through his boyish charm and awkward speech to follow him. On their journey, the two make it to Pawnee, Indiana, where they run into lovable shoeshine boy Andy Dwyer. Andy must be quite the baseball player because he is quickly signed by the team (though his first-base defense is something to behold).

As the drama unfolds, Pitt gets angry at Hill and throws a few chairs. Their separation really gets to him, though. Will he and Hill get back together? And will they make it to the Coliseum in time for the playoffs? Pitt's daughter gives him some sage advice, as daughters are wont to do, while his spirits are lifted at the success of Andy Dwyer and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

But will it be enough (and is Pitt secretly a split-personality of Hill)? We'll find out this fall.

That, in essence, is Moneyball. It's going to be an absolute fantastic movie. I can't wait.

(P.S. - When I find a computer with working sound, or if I ever get a chance to read the book, I'll be sure to let you know.)

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toanstrom

Larry, I think you know more about this movie than Joe Morgan.

Jun 16, 2011 19:11 PM
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NP_14

Joe Morgan will say he hasn't seen the movie and doesn't plan to. What's the point of watching a movie about computers that has nothing to do with real life?

Jun 16, 2011 19:55 PM
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Greg Pizzo

Okay, that trailer does make you want to see the movie. I'm in.

Jun 17, 2011 04:47 AM
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pobothecat

What Greg said.

Jun 17, 2011 10:43 AM
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jlebeck66

I was skeptical at first, but that looks watchable. Though I'm curious about what year(s) this covers. At the time Hatteberg went to Oakland in 2002 the A's were coming off of a run of:

2001 102-60 2nd to the 116 win Mariners
2000 91-70 1st
1999 87-75 2nd

Maybe Kevin James wanted too much money to grow a mustache and play Matt Stairs?

Like the book, we'll have to go into it looking for the concepts rather than the specifics.

Jun 17, 2011 06:00 AM
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Jivas
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Did they really have to get a stereotypical unathletic geek to play Paul DePodesta? DePo played football at Harvard for crying out loud!

Jun 17, 2011 08:47 AM
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jhardman

Are they gonna get "L'il' Ron" from the World Series last year to play Ron Washington in the Oakland dugout? Oh wait, there probably won't be any on field scenes.....

Jun 17, 2011 09:40 AM
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pobothecat

(And who IS Fabio? Don't get that part.)

Jun 17, 2011 10:54 AM
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saucyjack88

With Philip Seymour Hoffman also? Wow, I'm there man.

Jun 17, 2011 13:29 PM
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adamsternum

SPOILER ALERT: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill actually play the split personalities of one character.

Jun 19, 2011 09:48 AM
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adamsternum

Probably should have read to the bottom of the article before making the obvious joke.

Jun 19, 2011 09:51 AM
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bp

This looks terrible.

Jun 19, 2011 10:43 AM
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