August 13, 1988 |
It's more than two hours before game time late in the afternoon, and a steady rain is falling at the Lucas County Recreation Center, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Inside a cramped, steamy clubhouse, Billy Beane and Billy Bean wait to see if that night's game against the Rochester Red Wings will be played. William Lamar Beane III, 26, is a right-handed outfielder from San Diego.
September 23, 2011 |
Winning isn't everything, voracious Vince Lombardi used to say, it's the only thing. But what if Lombardi was wrong? What if other things mean more, last longer, have more significance than victories, not only in life but also in the particular lives of the people who play the games? This is the heretical premise of the thoughtful and entertaining "Moneyball," based on the equally iconoclastic bestseller by Michael Lewis. Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.
September 11, 2011 |
The champagne flowed easily, and so did the toasts. The San Francisco Giants had just won the World Series, and the shouts came from all corners of the clubhouse. To Willie Mays! To Tim Lincecum! To Aubrey Huff's rally thong! And this, from around a corner, from Giants executive Tony Siegle: "So much for 'Moneyball.' " The book that polarized an industry hits the big screen next week, with Brad Pitt starring as Billy Beane, the maverick general manager of the Oakland Athletics.
July 7, 2003 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: W.W. Norton Price: $24.95 Michael Lewis is a respected financial writer who usually focuses on what takes place on Wall Street rather than what takes place in the sports world.
July 22, 2007 |
You might have heard of this David Beckham fellow by now. His face is all over this newspaper, and everywhere else in town. His corporate sponsors, the ones that have rewarded him with riches beyond belief, hope and pray that he compels you to think about soccer. Billy Beane could change the way you think about soccer. Yes, that Billy Beane. It's getting old, this business of running a contender at half the price.
November 13, 2003 |
Apparently fed up over speculation that Billy Beane has been campaigning for his job, Dodger General Manager Dan Evans confronted his Oakland A's counterpart during a phone call last week, a baseball official said Wednesday. Asked about the call, Beane aimed a pointed response in Evans' direction after initially saying he wasn't sure if it was appropriate to comment on a private call. "Unfortunately," he said, "rumor and speculation have a tendency to create insecurities.