History Film / Moneyball

3rd Sep '17 12:02:10 PM teachzebra
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** In real life the 2002 A's were anything but though. As mentioned they had the best starting pitching staff in baseball and potential superstars Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez. They were picked by many to win the division and possibly the world series. The film glosses over all of that and focuses on secondary players. Every top team is structured the same way, a few stars, and lots of good supporting players. This film was the equivalent and a movie about the Miami Heat winning a championship and focusing on Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Chris Andersen without ever mentioning LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh.



* TemptingFate: With the A's gunning for their record 20th consecutive win, Billy's daughter implores him to break his routine and watch the game for once to enjoy his accomplishment; with the A's up 11, she insists, "You won't jinx it!" The Royals make up the 11-run difference once Billy arrives at the Coliseum.

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* TemptingFate: With the A's gunning for their record 20th consecutive win, Billy's daughter implores him to break his routine and watch the game for once to enjoy his accomplishment; with the A's up 11, she insists, "You won't jinx it!" The Royals make up the 11-run difference once Billy Billy
arrives at the Coliseum.
14th May '17 6:51:21 AM RaiderDuck
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* CareerEndingInjury: Inverted. Scott Hatteberg has irreparable nerve damage in his elbow, which renders him unable to throw or catch the ball. He's fielded as a first base player instead, precisely to ignore his handicap and to make use of his other skills.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Inverted. Scott Hatteberg has irreparable nerve damage in his elbow, which renders him unable to throw or catch the ball. He's fielded as ball with any kind of velocity, a necessary skill for a catcher. Beane converts him to a first base player instead, baseman precisely to ignore his handicap and to make use of his other skills.
21st Apr '17 1:30:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BrokenStreak: Averted. The A's go up 11-0 on the Royals and look like they'll cruise to their record 20th straight victory. The Royals gradually chip away at the lead and manage to tie the game 11-11... and then the A's Scott Hatteberg hits a walk-off home run in the 9th inning. (This scene is [[TruthInTelevision historically accurate]].)

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* BrokenStreak: BrokenWinLossStreak: Averted. The A's go up 11-0 on the Royals and look like they'll cruise to their record 20th straight victory. The Royals gradually chip away at the lead and manage to tie the game 11-11... and then the A's Scott Hatteberg hits a walk-off home run in the 9th inning. (This scene is [[TruthInTelevision historically accurate]].)
28th Dec '16 7:18:11 PM kquinn0830
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->''"People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players, your goal should be to buy wins."''
-->-- '''Peter Brand'''
2nd Nov '16 10:34:23 PM Pysiewicz
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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.
2nd Nov '16 10:33:36 PM Pysiewicz
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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.


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* OccamsRazor: [[PragmaticHero Brand and Beane]] revolutionary idea of assembling a team boils down to statistics - everything that can't be turned into numbers is simply ignored, and everything that can be turned into numbers is counted, compared and sorted. This allows them to look through things that traditional scouts would consider as a liability or a flaw, while simultaneously exploiting the fact all those "flawed" players are undervalued and thus cheap.
2nd Nov '16 10:13:34 PM Pysiewicz
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* CareerEndingInjury: Inverted. Scott Hatteberg has irreparable nerve damage in his elbow, which renders him unable to throw or catch the ball. He's fielded as a first base player instead, precisely to ignore his handicap and to make use of his other skills.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: While all the old-school scouts are mostly playing guessing game when it comes to picking potential new players, at least part of their critique against Beane's picks are to the point. Like Hatteberg's irrepairable elbow damage (making him a disabled player by default) or Jeremy Giambi's tendency to party hard, which affects his trainings and performance during games.
** Giambi eventually starts to cause problems due to his excessive lifestyle, just like predicted. And not even his statistical value can counter it.
2nd Nov '16 9:47:38 PM Pysiewicz
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-->'''Matt Keough:''' And an ugly girlfriend.
-->'''Barry:''' What does that mean?
-->Beane hits a {{facepalm}} in the background
-->'''Matt Keough:''' Ugly girlfriend means no confidence. (...) I'm just saying his girlfriend is a [[EightPointEight 6 at best]].
20th Jun '16 5:03:17 PM dmeagher13
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* InsaneTrollLogic: The best way to describe some of the more outlandish methods that the A's management uses to evaluate potential players prior to Beane and Brand's introduction of statistics.
9th Jun '16 10:59:05 PM lipranzer
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-->'''Washington''': Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them how to play first base.

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-->'''Washington''': Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them how (how to play first base.base).
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