The main reason I wanted to see Moneyball, I will confess, was its baseball theme. However, the movie is about more than baseball–it’s more about, as the main character, Billy Beane, says “Adapt or die.”
Moneyball is about people, including Beane, who had the guts to take a different look at how baseball teams are run and managed. Of course, a lot of Beane’s need to rethink his strategy was the fact that he was the general manager for the Oakland Athletics, a “poor” team that had it’s best teams bought by teams like the Yankees. Another reason to dislike the Yankees? Yes, perhaps so!
The movie, which is based on a book written by Michael Lewis, does a good job of showing the managerial side of baseball, the side where people are obsessed by what they can get out of players. It’s an interesting movie, I think even for those who aren’t necessarily a fan of the game. It’s more about the desire to make things work where you are rather than throwing in the towel and walking away. I definitely recommend Moneyball.