Let me begin by saying I am not a Brad Pitt fan. I mean, I don’t hate him or anything (I don’t know him). I’m merely indifferent to him. That said, I did like him in Moneyball.
Moneyball is a baseball movie. But there’s a great underlying message in the film.
Baseball is a game of numbers. Statistics. The ones that seem to matter most are the batting average (i.e. number of hits per at bat percentage) for hitters and for pitchers, the earned run average (number of runs scored against a pitcher in every nine innings pitched). Batters need a high batting average, pitchers a low ERA.
Moneyball is based on a true story of a numbers geek who convinced a team’s general manger working with a shoe string budget to assemble a competitive team by looking at undervalued stats. The film shows the viewer that baseball is more than home runs and strike outs, that a flashy performance is nice, but slow and steady can also get the job done. Strategy counts as much as luck.
You don’t need to be a superstar to be successful.