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Casey Bond Guest Blog: The Big Moneyball Oscars Giveaway!!!

Thursday February 23, 2012

Casey Bond-  Guest MLB Blog:  It’s getting to be that time of the year again…yes, I am sure you are thinking of baseball, and I agree.  Spring training seems like it was just yesterday for myself (it wasn’t really that long ago), and I was showing up with a fresh new rebuilt body after the long recouping off-season, along with a very positive outlook to start Spring Training off right. 

It was always a pleasure meeting new faces, even though they would be some of my competitors for positions in the organization, and having a camaraderie unlike any other.  Nothing quite beats the feeling of baseball in the air, with all of the sights, smells and sounds that come with it…

However, this year, it will be two-fold for myself as far as “that time of the year” goes.  I’m not only excited to see baseball making its annual round-trip back to the freshly groomed fields where many of my great friends will be and have been, but I’m also enjoying the season of awards in entertainment (as this industry has become my world).  I feel so fortunate to have baseball and the Oscars intertwine with one another, not to mention that the film I’ve had the pleasure to be in IS ABOUT BASEBALL.  A blessing is perhaps the only way to explain it.

WIth “Moneyball” up for 6 Academy Awards, of course our hopes are high to come away with some hardware.  What a perfectly timed Oscars it would be to coincide with the beginning of baseball.  It’s almost as if the film follows the timeline perfectly- from starting with the end of last season, and going all the way through Spring Training and the current season.  A passing of the torch from Film Award Season to Spring Training would seem perfectly aligned, if Moneyball could step away with an award.

Once again, I thank all of you MLB reports readers for the support you have shown.  This time of the year is a testament that baseball always lives on, and so do films and entertainment.  For them to intermingle together so well, at this exact time, is truly something special…

Casey (Twitter @CaseyBond)


NOW…For the Big Moneyball Oscars Giveaway, Courtesy of our good friend, Casey Bond:

Do you LOVE MONEYBALL? How would you love to own some MONEYBALL memorabilia? Then today is your lucky day! Casey is ready to send you a personally autographed photo from one of the MONEYBALL premieres he attended. So how do you get one of these pics into your collection? Simple. Head over to Facebook, log onto Casey’s Facebook page here, click the “like” button and write on Casey’s wall that MLB reports sent you. Then e-mail us at mlbreports@gmail.com with your Facebook name and mailing address. That’s it. Nothing to it! Then sit by your mailbox patiently. As soon as Casey can get his hands on some stamps, your MONEYBALL memorabilia will be on its way! (This offer applies to U.S. and Canada residents only, while supplies last)


A BIG MLB reports thank you to Casey Bond for returning back to us with his latest Guest Blog. For a Hollywood actor, producer and director with a busy schedule, we very much appreciate Casey taking the time to talk about Moneyball and its big upcoming night at the Oscars! Casey was also very generous in providing “The Big Moneyball Oscars Giveaway” as part of this feature. The man loves his fans and really knows how to create a buzz! In addition to following Casey on Twitter and “liking” his Facebook Fan Page, please make sure to bookmark his website (http://thecaseybond.com).  Casey will be CONSTANTLY providing personal behinds the scenes photos, videos, etc. of upcoming events that he will be a part of such as Red Carpets and Premieres! If you love Baseball and Hollywood, welcome to the world of Casey Bond!

(Editor’s Note:  Casey Bond was an outfielder in the San Francisco Giants organization. He left the diamond and became an actor on the silver screen. In Moneyball, Casey portrays former Oakland A’s pitcher, Chad Bradford. Moneyball was a best-selling book by Michael Lewis that became a hit Hollywood film in 2011. To grab your copy of Moneyball on DVD or Blu-Ray, get to your local video store or favorite on-line retailer like Amazon. Destined to be one of the finest cult classic baseball films of all time, Moneyball the movie needs to be in the DVD/Blu-Ray collection of every baseball fan!)


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The Casey Bond Guest Blog and Special Moneyball Surprise: Moneyball released on DVD and Blu-Ray

Monday January 9, 2012

Casey Bond-  Guest MLB Blog:  It’s a brand new year folks! Now all of the hard work and effort put into the previous year will generate some new and exciting happenings for 2012. Although released in September of last year, MONEYBALL continues to turn heads as it is now up for a plethora of awards.  I couldn’t be more proud to play such a large role in this film. Truly, it has been a wonderful ride already. I know that ride will continue for years to come, especially if we can walk away from this with some hardware!

The DVD/Blu-Ray release for the film is on January 10th, which is just around the corner. It’s going to be fun to walk around stores and see our work out on the shelves. I’m sure that not only will the movie come out looking stunning on Blu-Ray, but it will also have plenty of extras from behind the scenes of the filming we did while on set. I have already been on a number of flights in which MONEYBALL was an available option for people to watch on their personal in-flight television. Pretty awesome.  

It’s interesting how the DVD wasn’t released before Christmas, as I know many people were hoping they could stuff some stockings with it. However, I feel as though they didn’t want to push anything they didn’t have to, not to mention that the film is still in some theaters due to its nominations for some big awards. The movie is still fresh on people’s minds; and perhaps it will get an even bigger response because it is still going to be talked about throughout the award season into February. All I know is that all of my castmates, with whom I keep very close touch with, are excited to see the final product.

Since the release of the film, its been a great pleasure to travel around and speak with people about my career path, the story of being in MONEYBALL, and what’s next for me. People always seem to have a keen interest and the questions are endless. I hope this will continue for years to come, as I always love having the opportunity to go and speak in different places. Currently, I am working on Producing a few different films. They are in the early stages, but moving along very well.  Hope to have some more info on those in the near future, as all of you MLB Reports readers will be the first to know! (Editor’s Note:  We LOVE this guy!!!) All of you have been such a great fan and support base, and I thank you for that!

So, in closing, I will answer a few questions which I have been getting lately from different folks.  Firstly, why should you go out and pick up MONEYBALL on DVD or Blu-Ray?  Well, if you went and watched it in the theaters, I am hoping and assuming you liked it- especially if you have taken the time to read this far into this article! That being said, you should go out and own a piece of history as far as baseball, movies, and baseball movies go.  Another question to ponder is “where does MONEYBALL rank among the greatest baseball films of all time?”  Well, that is kind of a tough question in my position.  I am going to have answer that question like this. I think it depends on which category of baseball movie you are looking for.  I have to say that MONEYBALL is the best drama/comedy baseball movie of all time. It has such an interesting twist on baseball, as well as a pretty accurate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the game we all love.  Not to mention, the numbers tell us that its done the best in the box office as far as baseball films go.  As far as baseball romantic comedies goes, I have to go with Bull Durham. It’s just a classic, and a very accurate portrayal of baseball life in the minor leagues. Kevin Costner is probably the greatest baseball movie actor of all time (for now, maybe we can take over those reigns!)

 

What I will say, is that I’d like to add a little incentive to going out and purchasing the DVD, or reading this article.  If y’all go “Like” my Facebook page here and write on my wall that “MLB reports sent you“, I will send you a personally autographed photo from one of the MONEYBALL premieres I went to. You may be asking how I will know where to send the photo…well, we can communicate through a DM (Direct Message) on Twitter (my name on Twitter is @CaseyBond) to make sure you get it. It’s just a few clicks and you will have yourself some MONEYBALL memorabilia! (This offer applies to U.S. and Canada residents only, while supplies last)

Until next time: take care and I hope you will check out the Facebook page for the latest updates on what’s next!  Thank you all for your time!   Casey

A BIG MLB reports thank you to Casey Bond for preparing today’s Guest Blog. For a Hollywood actor, producer and director with a busy schedule, we very much appreciate Casey taking the time to help us announce the release of Moneyball on DVD and Blu-Ray. Casey was also very generous in providing the Special Moneyball Surprise as part of this feature. The man loves his fans and really knows how to create a buzz! In addition to following Casey on Twitter and “liking” his Facebook Fan Page, please make sure to bookmark his website (http://thecaseybond.com).  Casey will be CONSTANTLY providing personal behinds the scenes photos, videos, etc. of upcoming events that he will be a part of such as Red Carpets and Premieres! If you love Baseball and Hollywood, welcome to the world of Casey Bond!

 

(Editor’s Note:  Casey Bond was an outfielder in the San Francisco Giants organization. He left the diamond and became an actor on the silver screen. In Moneyball, Casey portrays former Oakland A’s pitcher, Chad Bradford. Moneyball was a best selling book by Michael Lewis that became a hit Hollywood film in 2011. To grab your copy of Moneyball on DVD or Blu-Ray, get to your local video store or favorite on-line retailer like Amazon. Destined to be one of the finest cult classic baseball films of all time, Moneyball the movie needs to be in the DVD/Blu-Ray collection of every baseball fan!)


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Moneyball to be Released on Blu-Ray and DVD: January 10, 2012

 

Monday November 14, 2011

MLB reports – Jonathan Hacohen:  It is very difficult to go through nearly four months of baseball withdrawal until live spring training games commence.  After the last pitch of the World Series is completed, baseball fans are left to hibernate in their homes and prepare for the next season.  Talk of Winter Ball.  The Arizona Fall League.  Free Agency.  Winter Meetings.  Great topics to keep the baseball talk alive during the winter.  But this is not always enough.  Baseball fans need their fix.  In the technology age we live in, there is the internet, dvds and Blu-rays.  Classic baseball games can be viewed with one press of a button.  For those that long for the mix of Hollywood and baseball, there is nothing finer than baseball movies.  The best one to come along in some time was the 2011 blockbuster “Moneyball”, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.  If you are in need of a baseball fix, Moneyball is for you.

On Saturday I went back to watch Moneyball in the theatre.  Again.  I simply can’t get enough of this film.  The running time is over 2 hours long, but you don’t feel it.  Moneyball, simply put, is a great movie.  It has a strong story line, excellent performances by its cast and the movie just flows very well.  From Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, Jonah Hill as Peter Brand (Paul DePodesta), Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, Casey Bond as Chad Bradford, Stephen Bishop as David Justice- everything clicked in this movie.  The good news is that the movie will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray for your viewing pleasure.  The bad news is that you have to wait until January 10th, 2012.  For those of you hoping to have a copy of this movie in your hands by the holidays, you will need to wait just a little longer.

The plot of Moneyball, as a book and movie, have been discussed to a large degree already.  The point that I wanted to get across to the readers today is to keep an open mind when watching this movie, if you haven’t already.  While Moneyball for the most part has received strong reviews, there are some criticisms that I have read which I wish to address.  The Anti-Moneyball points can be narrowed to the following:

1)  The Movie is out of date:  The Oakland Athletics are a losing ballclub and Moneyball is no longer relevant.

2) The movie neglects to discuss key players like Nick Swisher and Jeremy Brown, focal points in the book.

3) Art Howe is unfairly portrayed in the movie as compared to the book.

4) For all the success of Moneyball in 2002, the movie does not bring up the Big-3 of Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson (who many point to being the direct reason for the team’s success, rather than Moneyball).

5)  Billy Beane actually took the Red Sox job and then changed his mind.

The list goes on and on.   Here is the bottom line.  A Hollywood is easy to critique and find faults and mistakes.  But a movie needs to be taken for what it is.  A movie.  Even for baseball experts, take a movie for what it is and just enjoy it.  If you are going to rip fault into Moneyball for being irrelevant, think again.  The Oakland Athletics did not become a losing ballclub since 2006 because Moneyball stopped working.  It became a reality that every other ballclub start doing what the A’s were doing long before anyone else.  Using that thought process, Moneyball is a landmark film to showcase the entire approach of Major League Baseball and how its teams changed their approaches.  The Moneyball approach is very much relevant and continues to be in play today.  It just so happened that everyone else caught up to Oakland and now they need to continue to adapt.

If you love baseball and you love movies, make sure you get out to a theatre to watch Moneyball one more time before it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD.  Moneyball will go down as one of the best baseball movies of all time and you will want to remember the movie on the big screen for the full experience.  From there, starting January 10th, 2012 (mark the date on your calendar), you will be able to enjoy the movie at home for years to come.  A great baseball movie.  The perfect remedy to a long baseball offseason.

Jonathan Hacohen is the Lead Baseball Columnist & Editor for MLB reports:  You can follow Jonathan on Twitter (@JHacohen)

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