Sep 20, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT
Moneyball comes out on Friday, and all indications are that it doesn’t suck. So by all means go and see it. But I hope it doesn’t dampen your enthusiasm to learn that in real life, Brad Pitt — who plays A’s GM Billy Beane — knows absolutely nothing about baseball. Pitt, to ESPN:
“It’s shameful how little I know about baseball. If they only new, they wouldn’t let me in the Coliseum. I wouldn’t pass the radar test.
“Listen, my career ended with a pop fly in the face and ended 18 stitches later. It wasn’t my gift.”
And in a Sports Illustrated interview, in which he graces the cover wearing an Oakland A’s cap:
“I’m amazed they let me do this movie, baseball and I didn’t get along that well. I wrestled one year [in high school]. I dived one year. Everything but baseball.”
Pitt seems to take delight in admitting he has no clue about the game. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Another actor, Ted Danson, made a pretty good career playing ex-Red Sox reliever Sam Malone on Cheers, even though he, too, knew virtually nothing about baseball.
Which leads to the next question: Has anyone before Pitt ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated when they actually knew nothing about the sport they were representing? And Bud Selig doesn’t count.
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