Billy Beane has always been into soccer, both personally and professionally. Back when Dallas Braden tossed his perfect game? Beane didn’t realize it because he was running on a treadmill, listening to a soccer match on his iPod, watching the ballgame with the sound down. He has also advised for the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. He’s buddies with the owners of Arsenal. It’s his main sporting passion outside of baseball.
So this news, discussed over at ProSoccerTalk, is not terribly surprising: Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar has hired Beane to be a consultant.
I’d say they’re not selling jeans there, but what the heck do I know about Dutch soccer? Maybe they are selling jeans.