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Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

Dec 18, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima:

We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point.

Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs and 74 RBI in 136 games this past season for Japan’s Seibu Lions.

  1. chacochicken - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Billy Martin said the exact same thing about George Steinbrenner when he first started managing the Yanks.

  2. losangelesfan - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I betcha Billy Bean feels the same way about Billy Beane.

  3. brownsbraves11 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    • gwhempel - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      HBT needs more Chang.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        What doesn’t?

  4. lostsok - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Bull Durham > Field of Dreams > Major League > A League of Their Own > The Natural > Every other movie about baseball but Moneyball and the one about the cat owning the team > The one about the cat owning the team > Moneyball.

    • butchhuskey - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      I love the book but I agree the movie was pretty overrated.

      • lostsok - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

        I loved the scene with BB talking to Justice in the batting cage (“Where you goin’ with this, Billy?”). The rest was a snooze.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      You forgot Bang the Drum Slowly.

      • badintent - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:39 AM

        We deliberately forgot that manic depressive flix ! Zero popcorn rating

    • lostsok - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Rhubarb! (The one about the cat owning the team.)

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043967/

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      The book was way better (that’s just a general rule) but the movie did well as an adaptation. I had no idea how it would work in Billy’s back story as a top prospect but it worked.

  5. Caught Looking - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Nakajima followed up by saying “It’s not a journey. Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are. My luck, my fate, my fortune.” (Brad Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 commercial)

    • lostsok - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      That commercial creeps me out.

  6. husky2score - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Well, this should go well.

  7. Reggie's Bush - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Were any of them wearing crocs?

  8. jwbiii - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I hope his contract includes a translator.

  9. rayfeathers - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    that new met kid’s gonna tweet some funny shit about this!

  10. nmrdr795 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    I hope he knows Billy Beane isn’t really Brad Pitt.

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