November 7, 2013

From Moneyball....

Peter Brand: Billy, Pena is an All Star. Okay? And if you dump him and this Hatteberg thing doesn't work out the way that we want it to, you know, this is...this is the kind of decision that gets you fired. It is!
Billy Beane: Yes, you're right. I may lose my job, in which case I'm a forty four year old guy with a high school diploma and a daughter I'd like to be able to send to college. You're twenty five years old with a degree from Yale and a pretty impressive apprenticeship. I don't think we're asking the right question. I think the question we should be asking is, do you believe in this thing or not? 
Peter Brand: I do.
Billy Beane: It's a problem you think we need to explain ourselves. Don't. To anyone. 
Peter Brand: Okay.
Billy Beane: Now, we're gonna see this thing through, for better or worse. Just tell me, do you project we'll win more with Hatteberg or Pena first?
Peter Brand: It's close, but theoretically Hatteberg.
Billy Beane: What are we talking about then?