Critics and moviegoers alike seem to be enamored with Moneyball, the Brad Pitt movie about the small-market Oakland Athletics and the outside-the-box thinking that allowed them to compete with the sport’s Goliath, the New York Yankees. But like The Blind Side, another Michael Lewis work of nonfiction that was turned into a streamlined cinematic confection, rough edges had to be sanded, inconvenient details had to be discarded. As a result, critics can accuse filmmakers of ignoring the other side of the story. Fortunately, there are independent filmmakers willing to shine a light on those inconvenient details, in this case, those damn Yankees. In Too Much Moneyball, the team at Jest.com investigated the “system” that has helped the Bronx Bombers win 27 World Series championships. Many have tried to emulate the secret to New York’s success, but no team has been able to replicate their winning formula. Take a look inside the Yankees braintrust, and see how they reinvented the way baseball works.
“You can’t just buy all the best players!… That’s a rule, right?” Not any more, you Branch Rickey-loving fossil. The New York Yankees changed the game forever. (Go, Tigers!)