- 9+ 5- 1
The Player You Are Nowv
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."
- 10+ 4- 0
Billy Beane: "Who are you?"
Peter Brand: "I'm Peter Brand."
Billy Beane: "I don't give a rats a** what you're name is. What happened in there? What happened in that room?!"
When Billy's negotiations with Mark Shapiro and Cleveland don't go well, realizes that one reason he didn't get a certain player, Garcia, is because of Peter Brand. He seeks him out to find out what's going on - and wonders why on EARTH Peter would like Garcia. Billy's decision to track Brand down will change the course of the A's and the game of baseball.
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Billy Beane: "I think the question we should be asking is: Do you believe in this thing, or not?"
Peter Brand: "I do."
Billy Beane has everything to lose - his job, his daughter's college fund. He's willing to lay it all on the line to implement Peter's ideas. Now he needs to know that Peter is all in, too.
- 12+ 4- 1
I Don't Watch the Gamesv
Billy Beane: "I'm heading in, text me the play by play."
Peter Brand: "What?!"
Billy Beane: "I don't watch the games."
Critics seem to agree that some of the best scenes (and quotes) in the movie come between Brad Pitt's Billy Beane and Jonah Hill's Peter Brand.
- 13+ 4- 1
Not Going to Fire You
Billy Beane: "I'm not gonna fire you, Grady."
Grady Fuson: "F**k you, Billy."
Billy Beane: "Now I will."
Grady Fuson was the A's head of scouting when Billy Beane presented and implemented his new system (well, Peter's system). Fuson bristled at the idea and eventually, he blew up at Billy over it and got fired. FYI: Grady Fuson was back with the Oakland A's in 2010, working as Beane's adviser.
- 14+ 4- 2
We're Not New York
Billy Beane: "I need more money."
Oakland A's Owner: "We're not New York. Find players with the money that we do have."
This particular quote includes the cameo appearance by Activision Blizzard CEO Robert (Bobby) Kotick (playing the owner of the Oakland A's).
And Beane's right - he definitely needs more money to compete with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees of the world. Those teams have seemingly endless supplies of cash to purchase the best players (sometimes from the A's) and put together championship-caliber teams.
- 15+ 4- 2
Get On First
Billy Beane: "I pay you to get on first, not to get thrown out at second."
The bottom line here: Billy has recruited players for the A's who get on base more than other players. For Peter's system to work, these players must get on base and STAY on base, instead of stealing and getting out (and not getting the runs they need).
- 16+ 3- 1
Mingle With the Players
David Justice: "Why doesn't your boss travel with the team?"
Peter Brand: "He doesn't like to mingle with the players."
David Justice: "Is that supposed to make us easier to cut?"
David Justice's direct question to Peter on a flight to a game shows he's a veteran who knows how professional baseball works. And he's absolutely right: Billy doesn't fraternize with the team because he knows he'll have to cut people, and being friendly with them would make that harder to do.
And also? David Justice is really mad about the dollar soda machine....
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