Brainlessball is the movie about Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle’s unsuccessful attempt to win professional baseball games for a team with a budget – by emphasizing bunting and giving away outs, using old school gut feelings, an “aw, shucks” attitude, and bullpen over-analysis.
For half of the 2011 season, Hurdle had his Pirates team achieve the impossible. With a shrewd combination of luck, players having remarkable performances, and a GM whose discount pickups overachieved, the Pirates shocked baseball. They were in first place.
The Bucs perfected the art of winning the unfair game of baseball. Hurdle was the hands-down manager of the year.
But what happened after umpire Jerry Meals flashed the safe sign in Atlanta was tragic. Unexplainable. The second half collapse of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates season hit Pittsburgh fans hard.
A release date for the highly anticipated movie hasn’t been set at this time, but the real life story upon which the movie is based continued this afternoon at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. A loss to the Cardinals extended the Pittsburgh Pirates professional sports record to a pathetic 19th consecutive losing season.