Billy Beane, Brad Pitt gear up for "Moneyball"

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Billy Beane considers "Moneyball" a success for the simple fact Brad Pitt plays Oakland's innovative, volatile general manager.

The new movie focuses on the 2002 edition of the small-market Athletics and a thrilling 20-game winning streak. Ultimately, Oakland lost in the first round of the playoffs.

These days, the A's are no longer winning, Beane is far from the genius he once was considered to be -- and he might even be headed to the Cubs.

Pitt was drawn to the film despite his thoughts that "economics and sabermetrics are not nail-biting stuff."

Beane and Pitt were together again Monday for an outdoor news conference in the outfield at the Coliseum. They spoke ahead of Monday night's premiere at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland.