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February 13, 2013

THE MONEYBALL MAN: Beane discusses Pitt’s portrayal of him, A’s baseball during stop at IUS



When he took the stage as part of the Sanders Speaker Series at IU Southeast, Beane joked that he hoped he hadn’t disappointed a crowd expecting Pitt instead of him. 

He spoke about the last time he saw “Moneyball” which was during its premier at the Toronto Film Festival. 

“It seems like a normal Brad Pitt movie, then you hear your name,” Beane said. “It’s a little surreal to say the least.” 

Beane, age 50, said his favorite baseball movie is the 1942 hit “The Pride of the Yankees” which is based on the life of former New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig. 

Beane answered questions from the host of the event, Marty Rosen, as well as from the audience. He spoke at length about how he absorbed business information and practices while he was establishing himself as the A’s GM, as Beane said Warren Buffett’s opinions had a great influence on his style. 

Professionally, Beane credited former A’s General Manager Sandy Alderson as being his biggest influence. Alderson hired Beane into the organization as a scout in 1990, and Beane garnered knowledge of running a team and an introduction to Sabermetrics from Alderson. 

As alluded to in the movie, Beane said he doesn’t watch the A’s games. He said he’s more emotionally stable and a “more pleasant husband” when he’s not hanging onto every pitch of a 162-game season. 

“It doesn’t make sense for me to get emotional over every single game,” he said. 

But Beane quickly added his lack of watching baseball games doesn’t mean he’s not competitive. Beane said he hates losing and is driven by success and the responsibility that comes with it. 

Admittedly a very hands-on general manager, Beane said he never forgets that if he makes a bad decision on a utility infielder, it could cost an employee their job somewhere in the organization. 

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