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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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Ugly Girlfriend: No Confidence
A'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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Rich Teams, Poor Teamsv
Billy 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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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."
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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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Change the Gamev
Billy 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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Romantic About Baseballv
Billy Beane: "How can you not be romantic about baseball?"
Say what you want about Billy Beane's system and tactics, but there's no denying he loves the game.
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