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My further take on "Moneyball"

Went to see "Moneyball" last night. So here's two more now-informed opinions about it:

1. It's a terrific film. Go see it. If Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") don't get an Oscar nomination for the screenplay, Brad Pitt will get one for best actor. And maybe Jonah Hill for best supporting actor.

2. Halfway through it, when Pitt's character (Billy Beane) and Hill's character (Peter Brand, aka Paul DePodesto) were going on and on about how the importance of getting on base trumps every other factor, and encouraging their players to be more selective at the plate to wear down the opposing pitchers, something occurred to me. This was the genesis of the now-routine major-league game that lasts longer than the Hundred Years' War.

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