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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."BUY @ AMAZON
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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Change the GameBilly Beane: "If we pull this off, we change the game. We change the game for good."BUY @ AMAZON
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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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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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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Do You Believe?
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.
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