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Recreating Moneyball Magic in MLB The Show

Moneyball in MLB The Show

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Recreating Moneyball Magic in MLB The Show

Moneyball is my favorite sports movie of the 21st century — and it’s not close. MLB The Show is my favorite sports franchise (that one is closer). Both mean a lot to me, so to see Moneyball in MLB The Show is a cool moment. All the credit for the video comes from Kasabe for cutting it together and well known creators in the community like Dr. Sublime for creating the CAPs in use for the video.

Moneyball In MLB The Show

There are so many wonderful things about Moneyball, but the beauty of what’s ultimately the last bombastic scene of the movie is that for all the other “based on a true story” heavy lifting the movie does to create movie magic that goes beyond the realm of the basic facts, the last scene is all just baseball. What happened, happened.

Hatteberg does what he does and gets ahead 1-0, and then takes a rip and history is made. Nothing needs to change. Sometimes sports movies will get in their own way and tweak facts when no tweaking was needed. The recent HBO show Winning Time recently took criticism for that, and while I ultimately really enjoy Winning Time, Moneyball still proves out how and when you should “movie it up” for the audience. (That said, Winning Time and Moneyball both wash over major components of the winning team — Jamaal Wilkes vs. take your pick of Tejada winning MVP, or Mulder/Zito/Hudson each throwing 200 innings and Lidle coming in at another 192).

But on the video game side of things, what’s special here is that MLB The Show has amazing creators of CAPs, teams, stadiums, and so on. I would say the depth of that group rivals just about any sports game out there, but NBA 2K is the one known for pulling off these sorts of crossovers due to amazing creators like MessenjahMatt.

The tools in NBA 2K are better than any other sports game, plus it’s on PC and that’s huge for ease of use. On top of that, 2K takes more pride in the general presentation and visuals than any other sports game out there. At the same time, while basketball is my favorite sport, baseball has way better movies, and there has never been a great NBA movie like MoneyballEddie what the hell are you doing? Sit down, I know you don’t think you were about to get praise here.

In other words, it’s a good way to stand out. This recreation could have just been from the actual game itself — again, it would basically be the same scene — but it’s a video game version of “movie magic” to do the ripoff of the ripoff because it’s just better. After all, everything’s just better in Moneyball.

It’s a movie that shouldn’t work. It died, was saved, was re-written, was stuck in purgatory, and had every reason to become one of those projects you see on IMDB as being in the “announced” stage forever. But it happened. At its core, it’s a movie about love in many forms. The most explicit being the love for one’s family, but in terms of love that video game sports fans understand, love even when there is no reason or logic behind the love. Baseball is a cruel sport, and like most sports, it makes no sense. And that’s what being a sports fan is about most of the time. It’s a life of low-grade wretchedness sprinkled in with those moments of fleeting glory. Some fans get more sprinkles on top than others, but at the end of the day, we’re all probably miserable more than we’re not.

In fact, that could be the tagline for OperationSports, though for some reason I have not been able to get the brand managers to sign off on that tagline as of yet. But we come back. We whine (a lot), or bemoan how it used to better, or any number of other things, but generally we let these video games hurt us over and over again just like we let sports do it to us. We chase the ideal even when that probably never existed in the first place.

Moneyball gets that. If Billy Beane had won a World Series at the end of Moneyball, it would have been a bad ending. It’s a movie where he pretends he doesn’t care or doesn’t want to care, he just wants to solve the problem of winning and be done with it all. I would love not to care about sports video games. I would love for all sports games to just be great forever and always, and so we just enjoy the games and never have to talk about what they need ever again. But the highs don’t mean as much without the lows, and that dejection is a core part of sports in any form.

And that’s what gives way here when watching something like this video for me. “How can you not be romantic about sports video games?”

Oh, and if I could end by saying one final thing, it’s that Moneyball has the greatest sports montage this side of any Rocky movie you want to pick.

…And don’t you forget it.

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  1. On Topic: when it comes to CAPS, the doc is indeed sublime.
    BIG tip of the CAP to Dr. Sublime.
    Off Topic: favorite baseball movies since 2000 is either Trouble With The Curve
    (wanna see Bo Gentry in Bacon's Fictional League)
    or Benchwarmers (Howie Goodman steals the show IMO)
    Could barely ever make it out of the Division Series and never had a shot at a Pennant, much less a World Series Title or appearance.
    Moneyball is a joke exposed over a decade ago. Great business and marketing gimmick model though for filling seats over the course of a 162 games with a cheap owner in a small market with arguably the worst fan experience stadium in the league.
    inkcil
    Could barely ever make it out of the Division Series and never had a shot at a Pennant, much less a World Series Title or appearance.
    Moneyball is a joke exposed over a decade ago. Great business and marketing gimmick model though for filling seats over the course of a 162 games with a cheap owner in a small market with arguably the worst fan experience stadium in the league.

    this is just my own opine but ''true'' moneyball A's (circa 2000-2005) was a great success as far as the regular season goes.
    but, also IMO, moneyball ended when the A's changed ownership around 2005-06
    Always thought Moneyball was so overrated given the Athletics results in October. Says what you want about the Yankees and their attempts to "buy" a World Series, but in the end all George Steinbrenner (when he was alive) wanted was to win and I never thought there was anything wrong with that.
    inkcil
    Could barely ever make it out of the Division Series and never had a shot at a Pennant, much less a World Series Title or appearance.
    Moneyball is a joke exposed over a decade ago. Great business and marketing gimmick model though for filling seats over the course of a 162 games with a cheap owner in a small market with arguably the worst fan experience stadium in the league.

    Wow, harsh.
    I know championships are what it’s all about but the Tigers recently spent the better part of a decade as a top 5 squad, both in personnel and payroll, and didn’t win ****, yet did pound a Yankees team that was way better than them in the postseason. Baseball is just funny like that.
    I wouldn’t diss moneyball just based on a lack of postseason success; plenty of way more expensive, way better teams have lacked postseason success. That they were good, exciting, division-winning teams can be enough sometimes imo.
    Detroit Tigers
    Wow, harsh.
    I know championships are what it’s all about but the Tigers recently spent the better part of a decade as a top 5 squad, both in personnel and payroll, and didn’t win ****, yet did pound a Yankees team that was way better than them in the postseason. Baseball is just funny like that.
    I wouldn’t diss moneyball just based on a lack of postseason success; plenty of way more expensive, way better teams have lacked postseason success. That they were good, exciting, division-winning teams can be enough sometimes imo.

    They beat a Yankees team that was better than them TWICE, (2006 and 2011)
    I think they were a better team than the Yankees team they beat in 2012.
    Also lost to a Red Sox team that they were probably better than (2013)
    if you want to play Pennyball in Show 22
    Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh are your under 50 feet of crap teams
    if you want to play HighRollerBall
    the Dodgers, Yankees & Mets are still the usual suspects
    Caulfield
    if you want to play Pennyball in Show 22
    Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh are your under 50 feet of crap teams
    if you want to play HighRollerBall
    the Dodgers, Yankees & Mets are still the usual suspects
    My Guardians franchise is proving to be a challenge. The have no money in the show. I signed Bieber but had to make a ton of trades to try to save money and still build a winner.
    This is still fun though.
    Sent from my thoughts
    jcar0725
    My Guardians franchise is proving to be a challenge. The have no money in the show. I signed Bieber but had to make a ton of trades to try to save money and still build a winner.
    This is still fun though.
    Sent from my thoughts

    yeah, I definitely enjoy it more when I have limited funds and don't have Daddy Warbucks to lean on. if I start out with a team with a budget over $150 million, my goal is to slash the payroll to under 150 while still playing ball into October, which is extremely hard for me because I dislike getting rid of players who have been on the team for a few years. I kept Chris Davis around a lot longer than I had to, when it would have been cheaper to cut him and pay him partial what he was owed
    Caulfield
    yeah, I definitely enjoy it more when I have limited funds and don't have Daddy Warbucks to lean on. if I start out with a team with a budget over $150 million, my goal is to slash the payroll to under 150 while still playing ball into October, which is extremely hard for me because I dislike getting rid of players who have been on the team for a few years. I kept Chris Davis around a lot longer than I had to, when it would have been cheaper to cut him and pay him partial what he was owed
    Yeah man, the challenge is real haha. Huge part of the fun though.
    Sent from my thoughts
    Honestly it might be my favorite sports movie of all time, and it has zero to do with being an A's fan.
    But to me the lasting impact of "moneyball" on the A's organization is forever having low expectations and forever being overachievers who never achieve anything past the regular season, and somehow embracing that image. As a fan of the team that just sucks so much.

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