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Romantic About BaseballBilly 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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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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