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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wanna Star in 'Moneyball' Alongside Brad Pitt? Here's Your Chance.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge That's Brad on the right...
  • That's Brad on the right...
You know what? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button kinda sucked. Here's your chance to potentially relay just this information to Brad Pitt while appearing in a movie that may well not suck.

The makers of the forthcoming Moneyball, the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' book charting the Oakland Athletics' outside-the-box approach to crafting teams that lose in the first round of the playoffs, are seeking locals who can pull off the early-2000s A's fan look. You won't get any money -- but you will have the satisfaction of being reproduced more than a college boy's donation to a fertility clinic as 300-odd fans end up populating the entire Oakland Coliseum through the magic of computers. You can sign up for the project here.

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Pitt stars as the Athletics' ravishingly handsome -- and more than a little peculiar -- general manager, Billy Beane (not to be confused with openly gay -- and also ravishingly handsome -- former Major Leaguer Billy Bean). Before Beane helped usher statistical terms such as WHIP, OPS, and even OBP out of the hands of stat geeks and into the consciousness of Big League executives, he was a baseball phenom who stands 6-foot-4 and weighed over 200 pounds. Brad Pitt, shall we say, is shorter. This, too, may require the intervention of computers to remedy.

Also starring in the film are the always brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman and the portly Jonah Hill. At first we thought Hill might be an exaggerated choice for Jeremy Brown, the hefty catcher Beane valued for his production over possessing a prototypical baseball body. Thankfully, that's not the case; Hill will play Beane's former right-hand man Paul DePodesta, who subsequently served as the Los Angeles Dodgers' GM before washing out and taking a job with San Diego. No news on how the svelte, neat and trim DePodesta feels about the chubby and schlubby Hill getting the call to portray him. 

Probably the same way A's fans feel about Jeremy Giambi's inability to slide.

Photo of Beane, Pitt   |   Via Bay Area Sports Blog

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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