Re: Watching Moneyball
Moneyball is a very good movie. Brad Pitt, always an underated actor, was fantastic, and the screenplay explained complicated concepts simply and practically.
On what has become the subject of this thread, I think that the only reason he did not win the MVP every year between 1990 and 1998 is that he was held to a different standard than everyone else. That perhaps was because he was so good, and perhaps because he was a jackhole. Or perhaps both. I also think that the MVP slights in those years were among the impetuses for his later juicing.
In his "prime," he lost me not for the obvious-even-then juicing but for the absurd body armor that he was allowed to wear. He could be so "selective" in those years in part because he was given a different strike zone than the rest of baseball, and because he hung his armored elbow into the middle of it, shrinking it even further. I think the Bonds armor/strike zone were a much bigger crime against the game than his steroids.
And I also prefer to pretend that he retired, or perhaps Clemente'ed, after the1999 season. He would have been a HOFer in my book, easily.