By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
September 22, 2011
Oakland A’s officials, including owner Lew Wolff, reportedly gave the film "Moneyball" a thumbs up after a private screening last week. But the A’s GM Billy Beane, the central figure in Lewis’ financial bestseller, has made few public comments about “Moneyball,” the movie.
Beane’s silence, according to the San Jose Mercury News, “has led to speculation that he is uncomfortable being cast as a genius at a time when the standings tell such a different story."
But, the Mercury News went on to say, Beane countered that his “source of unease is something else entirely.”
"The hard thing for me has been figuring out how to walk this fine line,” Oakland’s GM said. “If I embrace all this movie stuff, it looks like I’m really digging it. But if I put my hand up and say, ’No,’ I look like I’m distancing myself from it. There’s no playbook for this."
Wolff added, "Billy is not the kind of guy who is looking for fame, at least the Hollywood kind. But I think he’s handled this beautifully by not making too much of it. I know he likes the movie a lot, but he hasn’t gone Hollywood by a long shot."
Perhaps the standings do tell the real tale: as of Thursday, the A’s were in third place in the American League West, trailing division leader Texas Rangers by 21 games and clearly out of the 2011 MLB playoff picture.