Take a phenomenal sport story, a story ignited by impossibility and sustained by the hard work and proficient Sport Performance Training, put a pretty face on it (Brad Pitt), and like the Wall Street Debacle, take out the hard working middle class (in the MLB it's the players, they do the work, particularly this motley crew in Oakland) and bury them, then find a hero that is pushing numbers.
This movie and subsequent "Money Ball" craze has hit it's peak. Let's take, for example, the cover of Sport Illustrated. Brad Pitt, not an athlete, in real life or in his recent movie. So, why is he on the cover of our beloved SI?
Hollywood, ESPN, Disney, etc. is charged with the task of SELLING to the American public. They have sold a story that will sell in the country like hot cakes and phone apps, but like many stories, particularly those that the Entertainment Industry SELL, is (to stay in the world of baseball cliche) a big ugly swing and miss at realities 0-2 pitch.
Ok, there was a guy who pushed numbers and a guy that believed in him. Congrats. I do not take what they did lightly. In fact, all this "genius" number man had to do is take a 60 minute look at an international Professional Sports club and he would find very similar numbers. So, it is nice to hear that there is A hard working white collar American out there.
That being said his discovery was pedestrian. What wasn't pedestrian... The ability for all of those "numbers" to stay healthy. This year you saw the greatest collapse in baseball history when the Red Sox lost out on the playoffs. They had an amazingly talented roster that was delapitated by injury after injury and in the end had the PawSox pitching and playing the field.
So please, when it comes to Professional Sports, let us remember who sacrafices their bodies for greatness. The Oakland Athletics organization has become a festering cestpool of overachievement and extraordinary athletes, in that they work harder or in the least as hard as any other professional sports team so let's give credit where credit is do...
Who is responsible for that historic Oakland Athletics Playoff Run?
Who is secondarialy responsible for that historic Oakland Athletics Playoff Run?
The Sport Performance Team responsible for injury prevention design
Who is worth mentioning in the historic Oakland Athletics Playoff Run?
Well, not Brad Pitt. Maybe the pencil-pushers, including everyone from the ownership on down, including our now infamous "genius" duo. Worth mentioning as well? The vendors, ticket takers, how about those in charge of security? or the thousands of others this company employs.
I was having a conversation the other day about "Money Ball," and a friend asked me why I wouldn't see the movie.
I replied simply, "Because I already know the real story."