Brad Pitt on his “shameful” knowledge of baseball in Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated

Brad Pitt graces the cover of the Sept. 26 issue of the magazine wearing an Oakland A’s hat with the headline The New Moneyball.

But while he plays a baseball coach in the upcoming flick, Brad confesses he is completely ignorant about baseball in real life.

“It’s shameful how little I know about baseball … I’m amazed they let me do this movie,” Pitt, 47, tells the mag.

“Baseball and I didn’t get along that well,” he adds. “I wrestled one year [in high school]. I dove one year. Everything but baseball.”

So why did he want to be in the movie?

“I’m a sucker for the underdog story,” he confesses.

“What we were trying to do is tell an unconventional story in the Trojan horse of a conventional baseball movie.”

As for getting on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he comments: “I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun.”