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A's New Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima Must Think Brad Pitt Is Actually Billy Beane

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Oakland Athletics vice president and general manager Billy Beane introduces Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan to the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2012 in Oakland, California. Nakajima signed a two-year contract through 2014 with a club option for 2015.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 18, 2012

The Oakland A's have a new sensation in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, a man who is completely smitten with his general manager, Billy Beane

Then again, he may just be a smitten kitten over the man who played Billy Beane in Moneyball, Brad Pitt.  

CBS Sports spotted this tweet from the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser:

Nakajima says he wanted to sign with #Athletics because "Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool."

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 18, 2012

Wait, Billy Beane? The guy on the left?

The A's have more than a shortstop with a slash line of .311/.382/.451 while playing last year with the Seibu Lions, via NBC Sports. They have a gushing 30-year-old who is completely taken with the dude that hired him. 

From there, the quotes spiraled into Twitter comedy. 

This tweet gives us this faux quote we could only hope he would say:

"Fight Club was my favorite Billy Beane movie."- Hiroyuki Nakajima

— TGWTWS (@KSJ49) December 18, 2012

Guy Haberman gives us an actual quote and a reference to the hype dance the A's did last season, calling upon the powers of Weekend at Bernie's:

Nakajima in English: "I will do my best for the team but I also want to do "Bernie Dance" with Oakland"

— Guy Haberman (@GuyHaberman) December 18, 2012

Back to Slusser, who has it right:

I was worried about the quote quotient after losing @dallasbraden209 and @bmccarthy32, but Nakajima looks likea go-to quote guy.

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 18, 2012

This guy is going to be gold all season.

The A's have a new shortstop and Beane has a huge fan in the field. 

Just when you thought we would never see the words sexy and cool sidled up next to the name "Billy Beane," our new favorite player is introduced to the majors. 

 

Hit me up on Twitter for more sexy and cool. 

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