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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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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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Who Are You?
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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I Don't Watch the GamesBilly 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.
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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.
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