This month, as part of our Sports issue, we’re joined by ace writer and admitted baseball enthusiast Frank Falisi to run the numbers on Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated ode to analytics, Moneyball (2011). We touch on romance versus data, the fractious appeal(?) of Billy Beane, how Miller replaced Soderbergh in this case of life imitating art, 2010s’ signature “slick cinema” and baseball’s televisuality, where are the women, decent single dads, and the difference between a big win and a dodged loss. You can read Frank’s terrifically moving essay (‘The Love You Send is Endless’: The Stupid Futurity of The History of the Seattle Mariners) on the fantastic Jon Bois & Alex Rubenstein documentary here.


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