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Friday, September 09, 2011

Pajiba:  Moneyball Review: Cash Rules Everything Around Me

Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is unquestionably a great movie. What makes it more remarkable is that not only is it a great movie, but that it’s a great movie despite its being about a subject that few other than hardcore baseball fans and purists care about — or even know about. It’s a remarkable achievement, to take a subject as dense and complicated as Billy Beane’s statistical, small ball approach to baseball (based on Bill James’ theory of sabermetrics) as outlined in Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball, and not only parse it out so that it’s understandable for the average viewer, but that it’s enjoyable for the average viewer.

McCoy Posted: September 09, 2011 at 02:17 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Repoz Posted: September 09, 2011 at 10:31 AM (#3920068)
Culture, dig it

Moneyball is a movie about baseball. I’m a British guy who pretty much hates all sports and couldn’t show less interest in them if I tried. Seriously, I’ve tried. Anyway, for those of you have never seen a baseball game before, I can tell you that they are excruciatingly dull. They are in no way as dynamic as they seem on the big screen. The big screen cuts out all the ####### waiting. Baseball is a game made up of waiting… And I thought cricket was bad.
   2. villageidiom Posted: September 09, 2011 at 01:59 PM (#3920140)
Here's Repoz's link, repaired.
   3. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: September 09, 2011 at 04:34 PM (#3920258)
I just realized that Royce Clayton is playing Miguel Tejada.

Talk about casting against type.
   4. Bhaakon Posted: September 10, 2011 at 01:26 AM (#3920767)
Talk about casting against type.

I think Royce might be the better player right now.
   5. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: September 10, 2011 at 01:44 AM (#3920792)

I think Royce might be the better player right now.

   6. Joe Kehoskie Posted: September 10, 2011 at 03:53 AM (#3920875)
I think Royce might be the better player right now.


Ouch, indeed. That's harsh.

(But impressively so. Score another one for BBTF.)

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