By Matt Snyder
Dec. 15, 2011
A movie about baseball has gotten some substantial love in Golden Globe nominations. “Moneyball” has been nominated in the drama category for best motion picture, best actor (Brad Pitt), best supporting actor (Jonah Hill) and best screenplay (Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian). Considering there weren’t really any female parts of significance, the movie was basically nominated everywhere it could have been nominated.
The movie is based (some parts pretty loosely) on a book about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (played by Pitt) competing with the big boys in his small-market organization. The movie focuses on Beane putting together his 2002 roster after losing Jason Giambi, Jason Isringhausen and Johnny Damon to free agency. Lots of baseball people seem to hate the movie because it virtually ignores the “big three” starting pitchers: Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito. The movie also pretty much ignores the presence of the A’s two stud offensive players in Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez.