Moneyball is easily the greatest movie ever made about the use of statistical analysis to gain a competitive business advantage. The adaptation of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book, released this month after years of delay, stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who upset the game’s establishment by turning to Ivy League number crunchers for help building a team that, in 2002, ran off an American League record 20-game win streak. It’s a big moment for stat nerds. But data analysis isn’t the movie’s only unlikely star. Moneyball is also a rare moment of glory for office tobacco spitters. Along with downing Twinkies, smashing clubhouse equipment, and joyriding his pickup in dirt lots, Beane is seen spewing tobacco juice into a cup.
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