The film is based on the sports case of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and their general manager Billy Beane.
The story begins in 2001 when the Oakland Athletics missed the opportunity to participate in the final round of the World Series against the New York Yankees.
Billy Beane’s re-launch of the team becomes complicated because three key players (Jason Isringhausen, Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon) leave the team at the end of the season and the company denies him the extra budget that would allow the team to be more competitive.
Yet during a meeting with Cleveland Indians managers, Billy meets Peter Brand, a 25-year-old Yale economics graduate with innovative ideas about players evaluation criteria; instead of relying on intuition and experience, he evaluates a player on the basis of statistical data and key performance indicators (KPI): a central role is occupied by the On Base Percentage (OBP), which indicates the number of times a player gains a base without penalty aid.
The observers of the Athletics are strongly sceptical, also because the new method would make the most of them useless.
Within the team serious conflicts arise, especially with Art Howe, the coach, also because of Beane’s resistance to renew his contract.
But the general manager shoots straight by adopting Peter Brand’s proposed indicators and challenging Howe, who refuses to let the players selected according to the new management strategy play.
How does the story end?
Well, all you have to do is watch the film.
For now, take a look at the trailer then, as usual, I’ll tell you why in my opinion the story it’s worth your attention.
A must-see film? Of course!
And you will discover why the first to cross the wall is always bloody!
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Reed Diamond, Brent Jennings, …