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I was more nervous just thinking about reading lines compared to pitching my first big league inning. Once I got on set, Brad [Pitt] was very welcoming and made everyone feel relaxed... [he] would sit and shoot the breeze like he was one of the guys in the clubhouse.
Derrin was briefly a Major League relief pitcher in 1999 for the Atlanta Braves. He seriously studied and tried to mimic the pitching mechanics of his real-life character in Moneyball (2011), Mike Magnante, who wore knee braces when he pitched for the Oakland A's. Originally, Ebert got an audition for the movie through a friend he coaches Little League with who knew someone at the casting agency....