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Oakland A’s Billy Beane to Attend Oscars, Rooting for the Underdog: A Fan’s Take
The Oakland Athletics' general manager, Billy Beane, is headed to the Oscars. He'll attend the 84th Academy Awards that will be held on Sunday, February 26 to root for the film, "Moneyball," and actor Brad Pitt who portrayed him in the movie.
Beane felt that Pitt did an excellent job in his portrayal, and told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Of course, absolutely I'm rooting for him. Not me. It's got nothing to do with me. It's all about Brad. He's a great guy, and I do want him to win for his sake, not for me. He's the one who put himself on the line. He's one of the producers, and he was the driving force behind getting the movie made. Anything he gets, he deserves."
Beane will attend with his wife and is hoping his daughter Casey will be there. She is currently attending college in Ohio.
On Friday, a panel at Villanova University, including Beane, CEO Jeffrey Moorad and senior vice president of baseball operations Omar Minaya of the San Diego Padres, and MSNBC president Phil Griffin discussed "Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports."
They talked about the idea of building winners and thinking "outside the box." Griffin said he adopted "Moneyball" philosophies by refusing to let tradition dictate how to run the cable company, and remarked, "We were the Oakland A's, no money, a distant third, dying. CNN was the Yankees, swimming in money. We had to change. And we did."
Unfortunately, Beane's great philosophies seemed to help the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years, while the A's have crumbled over recent years. Beane is extending his contract through 2019, however, showing his faith in the team's future. In addition to the passion the film has ignited in many who have been associated with Oakland over the decades, I have high hopes and will continue to remain a fan throughout the struggles, and eventual triumphs.
Will "Moneyball" be a winner at the Oscars? Sports films have traditionally fared well at the prestigious award show, and I've yet to find anyone who didn't love this movie. Brad Pitt, and Jonah Hill, were exceptional and the story has something for everyone. While there wasn't a love story, it proved that baseball is romance. While the odds on favorite to win is "The Artist," I'll be rooting for the underdog movie just like the underdog team.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, following the Oakland Athletics since the '70s and attending hundreds of games over more than three decades. Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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