Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Slap Hitter: Moneyball Movie Strikes Out

Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 8:43 AM

The story of the Oakland A's outsmarting the baseball world will have to live on in print, because it doesn't look like it has a life in celluloid after all. Yesterday, it was announced that the Michael Lewis book isn't about to become a Brad Pitt movie. This means that we won't get to see Art Howe, thespian either.

The fact that Hollywood glamour will bypass the Coliseum this summer means that A's fans will have to content themselves with the glitz of watching runners stranded on third instead. Actually if you're looking forward to star power, tonight might be the night. Tim Lincecum, Giants ace tries to slow down the swingin' A's tonight. Remarkably the Athletics are within 6 1/2 games of first place, and if the other teams in the American League West aren't going to kick us out of the party at this point, no reason to go home early.

Facing the Cy Young king, is the A's rookiest pitcher, Vin Mazzaro, the Jersey kid, who battled Lincecum to a scoreless tie until fading recently in San Francisco. So you've got your basic underdog that nobody would give a chance against the elite hurler from the big city.

It's no Pride of the Yankees, but I'd greenlight it anyway.— Kibby Kleiman

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