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We're All Told
Scout: "We're all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children's game, we just don't...we don't know when that's gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we're all told."
The scout's comment comes as he's meeting with a young Billy Beane's parents about an opportunity to play pro ball for the New York Mets. Billy has a full ride to Stanford, but the Mets are making him a huge offer. The scout is explaining that time is wasting - that if he wants to play professional ball, every year counts.
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Billy Beane: "I made one decision in my life based on money. And I swore I would never do it again."
When Billy gets a huge offer from a "big money" MLB team, it's tempting. But he remembers a decision years earlier - when he took the money to play pro baseball and turned down a full ride to Stanford. That decision haunts him.
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Rich Teams, Poor TeamsBilly Beane: "The problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there's 50 feet of crap. And then there's us. It's an unfair game."
This quote sums things up nicely. The Oakland A's are a less-than-poor team when Billy Beane becomes the general manager. What can he do to change things? A lot.
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It's Incredibly Hard
Scott Hatteberg: "I've only ever played catcher."
Billy Beane: "It's not that hard, Scott. Tell him, Wash."
Ron Washington: "It's incredibly hard.
This is a great, funny moment in 'Moneyball,' when Billy is trying to sign Scott Hatteburg (catcher) to play first base for him with the A's. Coach Ron Washington thinks Billy's out of his mind, but he tries to go along anyway - up to a point.
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Ugly Girlfriend: No ConfidenceA's Scout: "I like Perez."
A's Scout: "He's got an ugly girlfriend. Ugly girlfriend means no confidence."
Old school thinking re: scouting in baseball in this quote. Understandably, Billy bristles at these ideas.
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Change the GameBilly Beane: "If we pull this off, we change the game. We change the game for good."
They did and...they did. The game is definitely changed, as a direct result of what Billy Beane pulled off in Oakland.
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The Player You Are Now
Billy Beane: "David, you're 37. How about you and I be honest about what each of us want out of this? I want to milk the last ounce of baseball you got in you, and you want to stay in the show. Let's do that. Now, I'm not paying you for the player you used to be - I'm playing you for the player you are right now. You're smart, you get what we're trying to do here. Make an example for the younger guys, be a leader. Can you do that?"
David Justice: "Alright, I got you."
Billy has a heart to heart with David Justice, explaining that he really needs him to step up and be a true team leader. He also diplomatically (ahem) points out that he's not really paying him the true big bucks - and neither are the Yankees. David's time to be "told" he can no longer play the game is coming. For now, though, he's got a chance, as Billy says, to stay "in the show."
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Billy Beane: "Would you rather get a bullet to the head five to the chest and bleed to death?"
Peter Brand: "Are those my only two options?"
Billy uses this analogy to explain how and why he lets players go the way he does - quickly. Tell them they're cut, and get them out the door to minimize the pain. They're professionals, they'll understand. "No fluff, just facts."