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New York Yankees Moneyball Edition


Brad Pitt’s Moneyball is the story of a baseball GM who defeys the odds and builds a contending team with a limited payroll. Watch this trailer spoof to see what the film would like if it was made about the New York Yankees opposed to the Oakland As.

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Billy Beane turns down Angelina Jolie

In Moneyabll, Brad Pitt plays Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, but for a guy who has a baseball movie based on him he really sucks at getting to first base. At the movie’s premier at the Toronto Film Festival, Beane turned down a kiss from Angelina Jolie… well not exactly, he wasn’t prepared for a double kiss on the cheek from the world traveler.

Beane told Bay Area’s KNBR “She was out here [in Oakland] for filming and I had seen her. We went for the kiss on the cheek … and I only went to one side and she was coming over from Europe and London and so she went both sides as I was pulling back. I was completely unprepared for the foreign exchange… That’s where a scouting report would’ve helped to realize that she was coming from Europe and would’ve done that. It was a complete faux pas on my part.”

Scouting report or no scouting report, Beane should be aware that Jolie isn’t afraid of going after another woman’s man.

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Brad Pitt knows nothing about baseball but is on cover of Sports Illustrated

Despite knowing nothing about baseball, Brad Pitt is on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his new film Moneyball. The movie is about the Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, who was able to build a competitive baseball team with a low payroll through sabermetrics analysis. According to critics Pitt’s performance may win him his first Oscar, let’s just hope Pitt hasn’t heard of the Sports Illustrated jinx...

On getting the SI cover: “I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun.”

On his background in baseball: “It’s shameful how little I know about baseball…. I’m amazed they let me do this movie…. Baseball and I didn’t get along that well. I wrestled one year [in high school]. I dove one year. Everything but baseball.”

On what initially drew Brad to the Moneyball story: “I’m a sucker for the underdog story.”

On the end goal of the film: “What we were trying to do is tell an unconventional story in the Trojan horse of a conventional baseball movie.”

*Other athletes who have been on the cover of SI: Bob Hope, Stephen Colbert, Steve McQueen and Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, and Presidents Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

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Coco Crisp secruity was following him when arrested for DUI

Athletes are notorious for doing stupid things, and a DUI falls nothing short…. but Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp took it a step further. Not only was the switch hitter arrested for driving under the influence but now new details have been released that his private security team was following Crisp on the night of his DUI.

According to Scottsdale police, Crisp blew a .13 blood alcohol level. Crisp was driving a 2009 Rolls Royce that was being followed by a Dodge pickup truck. Crisp told police “there were some issues with some people so the secret service was providing security.

Coco joins Miguel Cabrera as the second baseball player to be pulled over for a DUI during spring training.

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