“Those are some pretty good players,” Chavez told MLB.com earlier this week. “I saw the movie and it wasn’t a realistic view of what happened there. It’s easy to say you had a formula and it worked. They drafted really well. We were fortunate to have young guys come together at the same time and play really well together. Billy has tried to do it again over the last few years, but it’s hard to duplicate. It’s hard to do. It’s a slippery slope when you start saying you have an equation for success.”
The discussion is germane again because it is Oscar Sunday tonight in Hollywood and “Moneyball” has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Brad Pitt as Best Actor in the role of Beane.
...Like many observers, Chavez said that Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s depiction of then manager Art Howe couldn’t have been more fictional.
“It was completely opposite,” he said. “Physically, not even close. Demeanor, not even close. Art was very quiet. Not very outspoken at all. I never heard one thing about a contract dispute during that time. The way some of the guys were portrayed in the clubhouse I wasn’t very fond of, either. During the 20-game streak, go back and look at the numbers put up by Tejada and myself. Our number four or five starter went 5-0.”
“Part of Hollywood has to go into a movie to make it interesting for the normal fan,” Chavez said. “I’m happy it was a success. But for somebody who was there, you just want it to be portrayed for what it was.”