Brad Pitt may play Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane in the new movie Moneyball, and he may be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but that doesn’t mean he knows a thing about baseball. In fact, Pitt admitted in the latest issue of SI that his baseball knowledge is practically non-existent.
“It’s shameful how little I know about baseball – 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 dove one year. Everything but baseball.”
But that doesn’t mean that Pitt isn’t a baseball fan. Pitt said:
“I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun.”
The Style Bistro notes that Brad Pitt is one of only a few other non-athletes to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. He joins the exclusive company Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Stephen Colbert, Ed Sullivan, Steve McQueen, and very few others.
Moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane as he transforms the A’s into a top competitor without opening his checkbook too wide. As most managers turned toward scouts to recruit top young talent, Beane used a computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Here’s a look at Moneyball.
Do you think Brad Pitt’s baseball ignorance will influence his performance in Moneyball?