Brandon McCarthy was almost out of baseball in 2010 when he reinvented himself by writing Moneyball's next chapter. Now he's one of the game's best pitchers.

Updated: April 14, 2013, 1:04 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

IT'S LATE SEPTEMBER IN THE BAY AREA. A classic Indian summer day has given way to a classic Indian summer night. High above Oakland, the cobalt clear sky is filled with stars. Down below, so too is the Fox Theater.

A few hours earlier, Moneyball made its world premiere just around the corner at the Paramount Theatre. Now it's the after-party. Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is here. Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin is here. Superagent Scott Boras and ...

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