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Tweet of the Day: Brad Pitt, sabermetrics’ biggest beneficiary

Sep 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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“Moneyball” opened in theaters nationwide on Friday and brought in $6.8 million within 24 hours.

It’s on pace to gross more than $20 million by the end of the day Sunday, the highest total ever for the opening weekend of a baseball-related drama.

Not that any of this was unexpected. Take a best-selling book, make it into a movie, cast Brad Pitt in the leading role, and you’re probably going to be in good shape. Add to that a 94% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a well-crafted review from HBT’s own Aaron Gleeman, and you’re soaring.

Which all leads us to this gem from the official Twitter feed of Baseball-Reference.com:source:

The tweet might not be completely accurate, given that a Sony studio executive probably stands to gain the most financial profit from the flick, but the point is a funny one. For all the momentum that the sabermetrics movement has gained since the release of Michael Lewis’ book and for all the invaluable websites that it has helped spawned, a pretty-boy Hollywood actor with next to no knowledge about the game of baseball or its advanced metrics has benefited from the stuff more than almost anyone. Poor Bill James.

  1. johnbaptistephilouza - Sep 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Moneyball put Michael Lewis on the map. Lewis went on to write The Blind Side. That book was turned into a movie that made $250M+. I find Lewis to be a very good writer (I’ve read most of his books), but he certainly owes a lot to sabermetrics.

  2. aschwartz2011 - Sep 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Lewis also wrote Liars Poker which was his best book.

  3. Detroit Michael - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    You might want to spell-check your headline.

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