Melvin enjoys buzz created by 'Moneyball'

Melvin enjoys buzz created by 'Moneyball'

Melvin enjoys buzz created by 'Moneyball'
OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin was stationed in Arizona as the D-backs' bench coach in 2002 when Oakland strung together 20 consecutive wins.

But on Monday, he essentially received a front-row seat to relive it, taking part in the "Moneyball" national premiere at the historic Paramount Theatre in Oakland, which was followed by a mingling scene with the film's actors at the Fox Theater.

"I thought, really, the whole night was very nice," Melvin said Tuesday afternoon. "It was great for the city of Oakland. There was a big buzz, from the Paramount to the Fox and everywhere in between. On top of it, it was entertaining and a great story. It really ended up being an enjoyable evening."

The A's skipper even engaged in conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman, "told him that I was currently in the role he portrayed." Hoffman plays the part of then-manager Art Howe in the movie, one which depicts a rather tense relationship between him and general manager Billy Beane.

Melvin insisted he wasn't scared off, quickly answering, "I do, I do," when asked if he still wanted to work for Beane following the screening -- "Though I did notice him throwing that chair out of the manager's office," he said, smiling.

The film has generated a welcomed buzz around the A's, with whom star Brad Pitt said Monday he "feels a bit romantic about."

"I didn't know how big it would be," Melvin said. "I didn't expect anything like that. It really felt like an L.A. or Hollywood event, mixed in with a lot of baseball fans."

As for the movie itself, Melvin exited a fan, as did several of his players, including Jemile Weeks.

"If you're part of the A's organization, it had a little more effect than just a sports movie," Melvin said. "To an extent, it was surreal to see it go down in the fashion it did, and know that a lot of people that experienced that are still in the organization, and you're part of that."