I have to say that this is the first time I have ever linked to Financial Times on Athletics Nation, but there's a first time for everything. This article--more of a story, really--gives us the background information prior to Moneyball; how Michael Lewis grew his germ of an idea into the now-game-changing book and movie. Let's Play Moneyball is worth the read (and it's free).
On a side note, Moneyball the movie comes out on DVD on January 10th, 2012.
I've started to write about the movie a million times on AN. I was strangely emotional in the theater; certainly more so than I ever thought I would be. I imagine, in some small way, that it must be what it's like to watch a movie about your own life; you are so close to the subject that you can't quite enjoy it from a distance.
The article touches on the widespread effect of Moneyball, and how it is being implemented in other sports, as well as other baseball clubs. It also shows Brad Pitt's passion for the movie, and the character he plays.
For me, the most surprising fact in the article was that last season, only 3 of 30 GM's in MLB had played professional baseball; obviously Beane being one of them. And of course, as Moneyball chronicles, the background of the front offices, including scouts, has been changed, as well.
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