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BILLY BEANE
He gets on base a lot. Do I care if it's a walk or a hit?
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BILLY BEANE
I'm not gonna fire you, Grady.
GRADY FUSON
Fuck you, Billy.
BILLY BEANE
Now I will.
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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?
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BILLY BEANE
[approaching Brand after a meeting with the Cleveland Indians] Hey.
PETER BRAND
Hello.
BILLY BEANE
Who are you?
PETER BRAND
I'm Peter Brand.
BILLY BEANE
What do you do?
PETER BRAND
I'm special assistant to Mark Shapiro.
BILLY BEANE
So, what do you do?
PETER BRAND
Mostly player analysis right now.
BILLY BEANE
Been on the job long? First job in baseball?
PETER BRAND
It's my first job anywhere.
BILLY BEANE
Wow, congrats.
PETER BRAND
Thanks.
BILLY BEANE
First job. Whose nephew are you? Why does Mark listen to you?
PETER BRAND
[stammering] I don't think, uh... I don't think he does very often.
BILLY BEANE
He just did.
PETER BRAND
Well, in that circumstance, I think he was more listening to Bruce than myself.
BILLY BEANE
Mm-hmm. Who are you?
PETER BRAND
I'm Peter Brand.
BILLY BEANE
I don't give a rat's ass what your name is. What happened in there? What happened in that room?
PETER BRAND
I'm not quite sure what you're asking me, Mr. Beane.
BILLY BEANE
What did you tell Bruce?
PETER BRAND
I just told Bruce I like Garcia.
BILLY BEANE
You like Garcia. Why? Why?
PETER BRAND
[looking around nervously] I don't know.
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PETER BRAND
There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really happening. And this leads people who run Major League Baseball teams to misjudge their players and mismanage their teams. I apologize.
BILLY BEANE
Go on.
PETER BRAND
Okay. People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players, your goal should be to buy wins. And in order to buy wins, you need to buy runs. You're trying to replace Johnny Damon. The Boston Red Sox see Johnny Damon and they see a star who's worth seven and half million dollars a year. When I see Johnny Damon, what I see is... is... an imperfect understanding of where runs come from. The guy's got a great glove. He's a decent leadoff hitter. He can steal bases. But is he worth the seven and half million dollars a year that the Boston Red Sox are paying him? No. No. Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. And if I say it to anybody, I'm-I'm ostracized. I'm-I'm-I'm a leper. So that's why I'm-I'm cagey about this with you. That's why I... I respect you, Mr. Beane, and if you want full disclosure, I think it's a good thing that you got Damon off your payroll. I think it opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities.
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PETER BRAND
It's about getting things down to one number. Using the stats the way we read them, we'll find value in players that no one else can see. People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.
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DAVID JUSTICE
Scotty H.
SCOTT HATTEBERG
Yo, what's up, D.J.?
DAVID JUSTICE
Pickin' machine.
DAVID JUSTICE
How you likin' first base, man?
SCOTT HATTEBERG
It's, uh... it's coming along. Picking it up. You know, tough transition, but I'm starting to feel better with it.
DAVID JUSTICE
Yeah?
SCOTT HATTEBERG
Yeah.
DAVID JUSTICE
What's your biggest fear?
SCOTT HATTEBERG
A baseball being hit in my general direction
DAVID JUSTICE
That's funny. Seriously, what is it?
SCOTT HATTEBERG
No, seriously, that is.
DAVID JUSTICE
Well, hey, good luck with that.
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BILLY BEANE
You're doing it again.
CASEY BEANE
What?
BILLY BEANE
You're worrying about me.
CASEY BEANE
You're in last place dad.
BILLY BEANE
Do I look worried?
CASEY BEANE
Yeah.
BILLY BEANE
Cause you're getting on an airplane. Those things crash all the time. Please stop worrying about your dad.
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BILLY BEANE
I want Dye in right, Justice DHing, Peña on the bench, Hatteberg at first, and anyone but Mags first out of the pen.
ART HOWE
You want Peña on the bench?
BILLY BEANE
That's right. So you can play Hatty.
ART HOWE
Peña is not only the best first baseman on the roster, he's the only first baseman on the roster.
BILLY BEANE
Listen to me, Hatty gets on base more than Peña. In fact, twenty percent more.
ART HOWE
And his fielding?
BILLY BEANE
His fielding does not matter.
ART HOWE
I've heard enough of this.
BILLY BEANE
Have you?
ART HOWE
And I, uh... I disagree with you, plain and simple. And moreover, I'm playing my team in a way that I can explain in job interviews next winter.
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BILLY BEANE
Art, you got a minute?
ART HOWE
Yeah. Take a seat.
BILLY BEANE
You can't start Peña at first tonight. You'll have to start Hatteberg.
ART HOWE
Yeah, I don't want to go fifteen rounds, Billy. The lineup card is mine, and that's all.
BILLY BEANE
That lineup card is definitely yours. I'm just saying you can't start Peña at first.
BILLY BEANE
Well, I am starting him at first.
BILLY BEANE
I don't think so. He plays for Detroit now.
ART HOWE
You *traded* Peña?
BILLY BEANE
Yeah. And Menechino, Hiljus, Tam are all being sent down.
ART HOWE
You are outside your mind.
BILLY BEANE
Yeah. Cuckoo.
JEREMY GIAMBI
[knocking on door] You wanted to see me?
BILLY BEANE
Yeah, Jeremy, grab a seat.
BILLY BEANE
Jeremy, you've been traded to the Phillies. This is Ed Wade's number. He's a good guy, he's the GM. He's expecting your call. Buddy will help you with the plane flight. You're a good ballplayer, Jeremy, and we wish you the best.
BILLY BEANE
Jeremy's gone, too.
ART HOWE
[shaking his head in disbelief] You're killing this team.