Left to right, Billy Beane, Brad Pitt, and Jonah Hill, share a light…
For a day at least, the Oakland Coliseum felt just like Hollywood. Brad Pitt plopped down in a chair in Section 244, high above center field, and joked that acting was the only way he’d ever make it to the big leagues.
“My relationship with baseball was cantankerous at best,” he joked. “I had a crap arm. I couldn’t hit. My career ended with 18 stitches under my eye after a pop fly at high noon.
“It was not my gift.”
With that, Pitt flashed a wry smile at A’s General Manger Billy Beane, whom he portrays in the “Moneyball” movie that hits theaters Friday. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, “Moneyball” tells the story of how Beane bucked baseball’s conventions on his way to turning the small-payroll A’s into a powerhouse in the early 2000s.
“I feel a bit romantic about the A’s,” Pitt said, who said he has become a fan.