Just a quick post, then.
I caught the new movie Moneyball last weekend. I'm not a baseball fan, but for some reason I like baseball movies: The Natural, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Major League, Mr. Baseball, I liked 'em all. Moneyball is based on fact, and per the blurb, it is:
The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.The theme of the film is that, while it's possible to buy a championship team if you have bottomless pockets, it's also possible to build a winning team on a budget if you can select players who can get on base and otherwise don't cost that much.
For a movie based on statistics, it was pretty good. I especially enjoyed the fact that this team of mutts and rejects managed to win a record-setting 20 games in a row - fact.
But throughout the entire movie, I kept having the same thought: The movie would have been just as good and cost a lot less if they'd passed over Brad Pitt and instead drafted Greg Kinnear for the lead role.