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Think baseball is all about home runs and fastballs? Two-hundred-million-dollar players with 400-million-dollar egos? Think again. What it's really all about—at least according to the blockbuster book and movie Moneyball—is a laptop computer and late nights with statistics.
Sounds unlikely, but best-selling author Michael Lewis managed to create a compelling drama about sabermetrics, the application of non-traditional statistical analysis to the very traditional game of baseball. It no doubt helped that behind the film was a great storyteller, a great story, and Brad Pitt in the starring role, but the idea of statistics taking front and center ...