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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

‘Moneyball’ is circling all the bases

I have to admit that when Michael DeLuca called me earlier this year, saying he was finally going to get “Moneyball” made into a movie, I figured he must’ve been smoking the proverbial Hollywood crack pipe.

Anyone who loves baseball has read Michael Lewis’ bestseller about how Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane almost single-handedly upended the traditional way baseball evaluates athletic talent. Beane was a prized young baseball player who ended up being picked by the New York Mets in the 1980 major league draft. To the old scouts, Beane was considered a phenom because, well, he looked like a phenom. With his slim, muscular athletic physique, he ran, threw the ball and swung the bat the way great baseball players were supposed to.

But Beane was a bust. He ended up playing only 148 games in the majors, hitting a pathetic .219. So when Beane became a talent evaluator, eventually emerging as the general manager of the Oakland A’s, he spent far more time studying arcane statistics like on-base percentage than he did worrying about whether a prospect was tall or lean or chiseled. Beane’s shrewd wheeling and dealing and his embrace of the stats-driven science of sabermetrics helped the under-financed A’s become a perennial contender in the American League West.

i thought this was newsworthy for the fact that goldstein mentions he’s read a script. who is going to play the middle-aged graphic designer with round glasses who obsessively hangs around a baseball site reading threads about the jeremy giambi-john f. mabry trade? not somebody fat i hope.

phredbird Posted: June 02, 2009 at 05:20 PM | 59 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: June 02, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3203654)
also: goldstein reports the script is very true to the book ... i was hoping they would do a more nutty take, but i'll prob. want to see the film anyway.
   2. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: June 02, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3203657)
(...)smoking the proverbial Hollywood crack pipe.
A fool and his Hollywood crack pipe are soon parted.

Don't put all your Hollywood crack pipes in one basket.

A watched Hollywood crack pipe never boils.
   3. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: June 02, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3203715)
If at first you don't Hollywood Crack Pipe, try, try again!
   4. Swedish Chef Posted: June 02, 2009 at 08:56 PM (#3203724)
Sometimes a Hollywood crack pipe is just a Hollywood crack pipe.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: June 02, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3203725)
It's like the pot calling the Hollywood crack pipe black.
   6. Swedish Chef Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3203749)
The Hollywood crack pipe is mightier than the sword.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3203756)
The Hollywood crack pipe never falls far from the Hollywood crack tree.
   8. Lassus Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3203758)
Put THAT in your Hollywood crack pipe and smoke it!
   9. rr Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:12 PM (#3203761)
Are there any women in the movie, or is it a Glengarry Glen Ross (a good movie) type of deal?
   10. AndrewJ Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:12 PM (#3203763)
Whenever I hear the word "culture" I reach for my Hollywood crack pipe.
   11. Boots Day Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:17 PM (#3203774)
A bird in the hand is worth a Hollywood crack pipe in the bush.
   12. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:23 PM (#3203784)
One man's trash is another man's Hollywood crack pipe.
   13. phredbird Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3203788)
Sometimes a Hollywood crack pipe is just a Hollywood crack pipe.


a woman is after all just a woman, but a hollywood crack pipe is a smoke!
   14. AndrewJ Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:25 PM (#3203789)
Step on a Hollywood crack pipe, break your mother's back.
   15. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:27 PM (#3203791)
That's just Manny being a Hollywood crack pipe.
   16. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3203794)
A stitch, in time, saves a Hollywood crack pipe.
   17. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:29 PM (#3203796)
A Hollywood crack pipe saved is a Hollywood crack pipe earned.
   18. Shock Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:31 PM (#3203801)
The early bird gets the Hollywood crack pipe.
   19. AndrewJ Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:33 PM (#3203806)
It's time to pay the Hollywood crack piper.
   20. Daunte Vicknabbit! Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:39 PM (#3203815)
There's no use crying over a spilt Hollywood crack pipe.
   21. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:44 PM (#3203825)
Nice Hollywood crack pipes always finish last.
   22. AndrewJ Posted: June 02, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3203826)
Oh Danny boy, the Hollywood crack pipes, the Hollywood crack pipes are calling...
   23. Jeff K. Posted: June 02, 2009 at 11:27 PM (#3203946)
ABC. Always Be Crack Pipe. ABC. A-Always. B-Be. C-Crack Pipe.
   24. Boots Day Posted: June 02, 2009 at 11:29 PM (#3203949)
There's no Hollywood crack pipes in baseball!!
   25. Jeff K. Posted: June 02, 2009 at 11:30 PM (#3203955)
Oh, I can't resist, I want to see it written out:

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that Hollywood crack pipe, for lack of a better word, is good. Hollywood crack pipe is right. Hollywood crack pipe works. Hollywood crack pipe clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Hollywood crack pipe, in all of its forms -- Hollywood crack pipe for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind. And Hollywood crack pipe, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.
   26. Guapo Posted: June 02, 2009 at 11:40 PM (#3203986)
Do unto others as you would like the Hollywood crack pipe to do unto you.
   27. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: June 02, 2009 at 11:52 PM (#3204007)
Don't worry about me, Gettys. Don't worry about me! I'm no cheap crooked politician, trying to save himself from the consequences of his Hollywood crack pipe!

Special blasphemous version: Then God said, "Let us make the Hollywood crack pipe in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created the Hollywood crack pipe in his own image....God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
   28. K-BAR, J-BAR (trhn) Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:14 AM (#3204074)
I, for one, welcome our new Hollywood Crack Pipe overlords.
   29. AndrewJ Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:21 AM (#3204103)
"People will come, Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been Hollywood crack pipes. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Hollywood crack pipes have marked the time."
   30. AndrewJ Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:22 AM (#3204110)
"Hollywood crack pipes mean never having to say you're sorry."
   31. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:25 AM (#3204121)
On-base percentage is arcane?
   32. rr Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:26 AM (#3204122)
BTF versions:

So's your Hollywood crack pipe.

It's a Hollywood crack pipe!
   33. The Ted (now serving waffles) Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:28 AM (#3204130)
Up the creek without a Hollywood crack pipe.
   34. rr Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:29 AM (#3204136)
Pay the Hollywood crack pipe(r).
   35. Rough Carrigan Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:30 AM (#3204141)
"What is it?"
"It's the stuff Hollywood crack pipe's are made of."
   36. Matthew E Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:36 AM (#3204162)
My Hollywood crack pipe doesn't work in the playoffs.
   37. The Lovesong of J. Alfredo Griffin Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:39 AM (#3204172)
If at first you don't succeed, try a Hollywood crack pipe.
   38. Jeff K. Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:46 AM (#3204197)
rr, you owe AndrewJ a Coke there.
   39. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:46 AM (#3204199)
A Hollywood crack pipe a day keeps the doctor away.
   40. Dr Love Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:47 AM (#3204202)
People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been Hollywood crack pipe. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Hollywood crack pipe has marked the time. This crack, this pipe: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
   41. Jeff K. Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:48 AM (#3204206)
Jesus, Andrew's getting bit more than Phyfe Dawg.
   42. Matthew E Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:49 AM (#3204209)
Knock knock.

Who's there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn't say Hollywood crack pipe?
   43. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:51 AM (#3204215)
The squeaky Hollywood crack pipe gets the grease.
   44. AndrewJ Posted: June 03, 2009 at 12:56 AM (#3204229)
"I'm as mad as Hollywood crack pipe, and I'n not going to take it anymore!"

"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the Hollywood crack pipe."
   45. AndrewJ Posted: June 03, 2009 at 01:00 AM (#3204246)
"Mongo only pawn in Hollywood crack pipe of life."
   46. villageidiom Posted: June 03, 2009 at 01:04 AM (#3204260)
A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine: to have people say, "There goes Ted Williams, the greatest Hollywood crack pipe who ever lived."

EDIT: Oh, proverbial. In that case, pitching is 50% Hollywood crack pipe.
   47. WillYoung Posted: June 03, 2009 at 01:32 AM (#3204335)
Forget it, crack pipe. It's Hollywood.
   48. BevaquaVelva Man Posted: June 03, 2009 at 02:10 AM (#3204432)
Don't count your Hollywood crack pipes before they hatch?
   49. Curse of the Andino Posted: June 03, 2009 at 04:14 AM (#3204542)
Take me to Hollywood Crack Pipe or lose me forever!
   50. Curse of the Andino Posted: June 03, 2009 at 04:18 AM (#3204543)
Hollywood crack pipe is dunked. The Hollywood crack pipe drank some bad plankton and splashed through a coffee table and now it's your turn to take the helm.
   51. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: June 03, 2009 at 04:18 AM (#3204545)
I got my eye swipe
I got my crack pipe
   52. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 03, 2009 at 04:21 AM (#3204549)
Well, what we lose on the swings we gain on the Hollywood crack pipes.
   53. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 03, 2009 at 04:57 AM (#3204567)
Nothing you can do about it. It's gone. It's had. You lose. Drainage! Drainage! Drained dry. I'm so sorry. Here, if you have a crack pipe, and I have a Hollywood crack pipe, and I have a crack straw. There it is, that's a Hollywood crack straw, you see? You watching? And my crack straw reaches acroooooooss the room, and starts to smoke your crack. I... smoke... your... crack pipe! SHHHHTTTHHHHHHLLLLLPPPPP!!!! I smoke it up!
   54. mashimaro Posted: June 03, 2009 at 05:15 AM (#3204572)
Give me Hollywood crack pipe or give me death!
   55. Drexl Spivey Posted: June 03, 2009 at 05:37 AM (#3204589)
This thread was funny initially, but at this point we're just beating a dead Hollywood crack pipe.
   56. Jeff K. Posted: June 03, 2009 at 07:11 AM (#3204622)
You're going to spend $20 per week on Hollywood crack pipe anyway. Hollywood crack pipe is made in Germany, and you know the Germans make good stuff.
   57. CrosbyBird Posted: June 04, 2009 at 08:50 PM (#3206851)
Hollywood crack pipes don't fly with turkeys.
A Hollywood crack pipe never changes its spots.
Revenge is best served on a Hollywood crack pipe.
He who lives by the Hollywood crack pipe dies by the Hollywood crack pipe.
One good Hollywood crack pipe deserves another.
A little Hollywood crack pipe is a dangerous thing.
A Hollywood crack pipe hath charms to soothe the savage beast.

and a personal favorite: Spare the Hollywood crack pipe, and spoil the child.
   58. Dr. Vaux Posted: June 04, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3206885)
[T]he unwritten Hollywood crack pipe has gotten rewritten by people that don’t know how to Hollywood crack pipe.
   59. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: June 04, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3206892)
There are only three important words in real estate: Hollywood. Crack. Pipe.

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