The Rays and the A's share a few bonds, and that's besides trying to decipher Grant Balfour's occasional Australian jargon. Their stadiums are in need of replacement, their budgets are on the small side compared to their division rivals, their success (when they have it) stems from innovation and creativity, and their methods are the subjects of recent books. Moneyball, written by Michael Lewis and published in 2003, premieres next month as a major Hollywood movie, with A's GM Billy Beane played by none other than Brad Pitt, and a cast that includes Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman (in uniform as Art Howe) and Robin Wright. (Plus cast roles for former A's/Rays such as Carlos Peña, Jim Mecir and Chad Bradford.) The Extra Two Percent, written by Jonah Keri about the Rays and published earlier this year, is not — for several reasons — likely headed for the big screen. But if it were, how would the cast look? We asked Keri for his list of who would play some of the top characters, then asked around to assemble ours.
And just for fun, how about:
Sam Fuld played by Chris Kattan
J.P. Howell by (Fast Times at Ridgemont High-era) Sean Penn
Dewayne Staats by Alex Trebek
Rocco Baldelli by Michael Cera
|Stuart Sternberg, principal owner||Kyle Chandler||Tom Hanks|
|Other suggestions: Martin Hewitt
Take: It would be the thinner, younger Hanks we see.
|Matt Silverman, team president||Joseph Gordon-Levitt||Steve Carell|
|Other suggestions: Anson Williams (Potsie from Happy Days), Jason Bateman
Take: Tough casting to play a young guy who acts so, um, mature.
|Andrew Friedman, executive VP||Jesse Eisenberg||Fred Savage|
|Other suggestions: Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe, Tobey Maguire, Jimmer Fredette (yes, that's from David Price)
Take: He has proven that size (of payroll) doesn't matter.
|Joe Maddon, manager||John Slattery||Steve Martin|
|Other suggestions: Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd, Malcolm McDowell, Jerry Springer, Robin Williams
Take: Takes a mix of comedic and dramatic skills for this role, and background doing standup is a plus.
|Vince Naimoli, former managing partner||Dan Lauria||Paul Sorvino|
|Other suggestions: Charles Durning, (for old times' sake) James Gandolfini, John Goodman
Take: Have to capture the full essence of the role.
|Chuck LaMar, former general manager||Clark Gregg||Tommy Lee Jones|
|Other suggestions: James Caan, Larry David
Take: Right personality as more than a yes(-sir) man.
|Evan Longoria, third baseman||Aaron Staton||Matt Damon|
|Other suggestions: Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds
Take: Star quality is important in this lineup, too.
|B.J. Upton, centerfielder||Brian J. White||Chris Tucker|
|Other suggestions: Terrence Howard, Derek Luke, Jimmie J.J. Walker
Take: When you can hear him, Upton is pretty funny.