A VFTB reader and commenter requested a video book review of “Moneyball” the other day. The CubbieDude was more’n happy to oblige
Great review as always. I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it. I didn’t feel it was so much about sabermetrics, as it was about utilizing undervalued assets. I’m not too interested in the movie, as I’m sure it will include plenty of Hollywood non-sense.
I had to write a paper on the book for my freshman english final at UIC. The movie is very accurate based on the book, not too much drama IMO. Beane does smash a lot of things in the movie, just like he did in the book. And how can you script what Hattiberg did to bring the win streak to 20? It’s even more dramatic in the book than the movie. IIRC, he thought he hit a lazy fly ball, put his head down on his way to first, hears the crowd roaring, and realizes he just hit a walk-off HR.
One thing I don’t get though, no one mentions that the 2001 Oakland team was loaded with talent: They had Zito, Mulder, Hudson, leading their rotation, they had Isringhauson closing games out for them, and they had Damon, Chavez, Dye, Tejada, and Giambi leading them on offense.
What’s the 2nd book you’re holding, Dave?
Didn’t they combine a bunch or real people into one character for the movie?
In what way? Not really. I mean Brad Pitt is Billy Beane, and Jonah Hill is Peter Brand (a parody of Paul DePodesta, who refused to lend his name to the movie), and the scouts are actual MLB scouts. They’ve got a guy to play Art Howe, and then the key baseball players are represented.
Not sure. One of my friends who saw the movie told me that. Wasn’t sure if it was true, which is why I asked.
Either way, you should see the movie. I thought it was going to be this Hollywood crap, but I was surprised how accurate it was based on the book. Of course the movie is not the whole story, but when do you ever get the full story from the movie? It’s always about the book.
I read the book and enjoyed it very much. I saw the movie last weekend and enjoyed it very much. It entertains on several levels, my wife and daughter enjoyed it and know nothing about baseball except 3 strikes and your out. Other than a few f bombs the movie is good family entertainment. The movie is not a statistical seminar which will disappoint some of you but for anyone looking for good entertainment fashioned around the greatest game of baseball Moneyball the movie is worth the price of admission.
Drunken off-topic post, this Buckeye fan sitting next to me says Dusty sucks
Buckeye fan just figure that out? Late to the party are we.
Ill reposed Ben I’m sober
Ok so yesterday the guy sitting next to me was a Buckeye fan from Cincinnati and told me he liked the Reds. I asked him what he thought of the Dust Bag, and he said he’s hated him since 2009 and thought he should have been canned then. Amazing how not having Steriods Boy can change your perception of the Dust Bag.
We knew about Dusty years before yet Giant fan still doesn’t know, baseball is funny that way.
I know plenty of Giants fans who hated Dusty when he was there.
Moneyball is one of the most misrepresented books released in the last several years.