Saturday, February 18, 2012

Moneyball movie ending plot spoiler

Money Ball movie depicts the true story of general manager Billy Beane's stastical analysis experiment that made the Oakland Athletics a competitive Major League Baseball team. Even more miraculous, the Oakland Athletics are a small market team competing against the best teams money can buy. With a $39 million payroll back in 2002, as compared to the New York Yankees $120 million payroll, the Oakland A's showed that great teams rely on understanding statistics rather than piecing together the top MLB position players.

The following will reveal the Moneyball movie ending plot spoiler. If you haven't watched the movie, then you should stop reading now.

Bill Beane decides to watch the game for the first time. Peter watches Billy from the stands. Oakland is playing unbelievable ball. However, the Billy Beane jinx appears to be influencing the A's to play slopping ball. The floodgates begins to open.

The Kansas City Royals are smashing their way back. Billy leaves the game and goes into the weight room. He is obviously in shock. The A's are falling apart on a night they took a 11-0 lead.

The score is now tied 11-11. The Kansas City Royals made a huge comeback from 11 down to tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Art Howe substitutes Scott Hatteberg in as a pinch hitter.

We never expect to see Scott to do anything great, though Billy thinks highly of the first baseman. He traded Carlos Pena to prevent Art Howe from keeping Hatteberg off first base. The Peter Berg philosophy is to use high on-base percentage players on the roster to create run opportunities.

Scott is hoping to get on-base to help Oakland possibly pull off 20 wins straight to own the American League record. Another pitch is delivered to Hatteberg. Scott launches a pitch into the stands. The Oakland crowd goes berserk for American League record 20 wins straight. We see the magical moment of a team with a payroll under $40 million.

Most of the baseball world predicted the A's to finish dead last. After losing Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi and star pitch Jason Isringhausen, the Oakland A's won 20 straight wins and duplicated the same win total as the previous year.

Billy Beane pumps his fist. He is excited about his team winning 20 straight. He celebrates the win privately.

Billy is invited to Fenway Park. The Boston owner chats with Billy about his success. They talk about the Boston Redsox's goal to win. The owner hands Billy an offer to become the new Redsox manager.

We can hear Billy talking about baseball being romantic. Bill and Peter are sitting in an office. He tells Peter he wanted to win so bad with this A's team. Billy reveals to Peter the offer through passing the note the Boston owner gave to him.

Peter is shocked. He indicates the offer would make him the top paid GM in the MLB. Billy's passion is to win with his team. He has no interest making the most money in the game.

Peter invites Billy to follow him. He shows Billy a tape of a baseball player that is 240 lbs having fear of running past second base. After the big baseball player hit the ball, he runs to first base and tries to run further. He falls face down on the dirt. Everybody is laughing at home since he hit a homerun. Billy mentions how can anyone not be romantic about baseball. Peter notes that is a metaphor.

Bill plays a tape of his daughter singing on a tape. He is proud of his young daughter. We see the Bay Area near the Bay Bridge. The movie ends.  

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