"That's the way it kind of looks. I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised."
Later on, Howe says he would expect an apology from Beane if he ever ran into him, and that "he knows who I am and what I did for the organization for seven years...He knows there was a lot of injustice done here, and I would hope he'd be man enough to step up and call me and say, 'Hey Art, I'm really sorry about this.'" Howe said he didn't expect that to happen, however. He also said Beane once apologized to him in private for the way Beane treated him.
Beane fired back, briefly, yesterday, telling the Bay Area News Group, "I was wondering who was going to be the first guy to think I produced, wrote or directed this movie. Now I have my answer. (Howe's) comments are completely misguided."
More criticism from Howe...
From Big League Stew's blog on Yahoo! Sports last Sunday:
Here's Howe on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio:
"Considering the book wasn't real favorable to me to start with I figured it would be something like this but to be honest with you it is very disappointing to know that you spent seven years in an organization and gave your heart and soul to it and helped them go to the postseason your last three years there and win over 100 games your last two seasons and this is the way evidently your boss [Beane] feels about you.
"They never called me to get my slant on things as far as the movie was concerned. So, I mean, it's coming from someone. I don't know who it is but maybe it is Hollywood to make it sell, I guess. I don't know. It's disappointing. I spent my whole career trying to build a good reputation and I think I did that but this movie certainly doesn't help it. And it is definitely unfair and untrue. If you ask any player that ever played for me they would say that they never saw this side of me, ever. "
And what about his portrayal in the book?
"[Lewis] came in my office for about 10 minutes one day and that's all the time he spent with me. And put yourself in my position. He's asking me about my boss. Now, what can you say? [laughs] He ran some things by me and I verified some things and gave my slant to different things but they never got into the book, my slants."
Here's a long interview Howe did with a Houston Chronicle blog in which he takes issue with a number of things in the film:
Was the contract an issue? I know that was a big thing in the movie and almost how they introduced you in the movie.
A: That was fictitious. They didn’t do their homework as far as the movie was concerned because I was on a two-year contract through 2003. I had another year after that. My agent always took care of my contract; I never negotiated with Billy, especially not in the hallway of the clubhouse. Never happened.
Do you feel that this (movie and book) affects your name in baseball circles?
A: It certainly doesn’t help it the way I was portrayed. I think the book hurt me and now the movie. I want people who don’t know Art Howe – that’s the problem with the movie – I’ve spent my whole career trying to build a good reputation and be a good baseball man and someone who people like to play for and all of the above. Then in two hours, people who don’t know me – and Brad Pitt’s a big name, people are going to see his movies – and all these people across the country are going to go in and get this perception of me that’s totally unfair and untruthful. So I’m very upset.