before the first
game of the season is about to begin] Billy Beane:
I'm goin' in. Text me play by play. Peter Brand:
Wait! What? Billy Beane:
I don't watch the games.
[after losing the first
game of the season] Billy Beane: I
should have made you a bigger part of the conversation from day one.
That way we'd be clear what we're trying to do here. That was my
mistake, Art, and I take responsibility for that. Art Howe: What
are you trying to say? Billy Beane: I'm
saying it doesn't matter what moves I make if you don't play the team
they way they're designed to be played. Art Howe: Billy,
you're out of your depth. Billy Beane: Why
not Hatteberg at first? Art Howe: Because
he can't play first. Billy Beane: How
do you know? Art Howe: It's
not my first baseball game. Scott Hatteberg can't hit, he's keeping us
in the fences.
Billy Beane: Could
this be about your contract? Art Howe: No.
This is about you doing your job and me doing mine. Mine's being left
alone to manage this team you assembled for me. Billy Beane: I
didn't assemble it for you, Art. Art Howe: No
shit. Billy Beane: Good
meeting. Everytime we talk, I'm reinvigorated by my love of the game.
[on the radio] Call-In Radio Host:
Grady, can you interpret for us what's going on? Grady Fuson: They
call it Moneyball. Call-In Radio Host: Moneyball? Grady Fuson: Yes.
And it was a nice theory and now it's just not working out. Sports Announcer:
Billy Beane has built this team on the ideas of a guy named Bill James. Call-In Radio Host: Right. Sports Announcer: He
wrote an interesting book on baseball statistics. The problem is that
Bill James never played, never managed, he was in fact a security guard
at a pork and beans company. Call-In Radio Host: Do
you see this as a decimation of the whole team? Grady Fuson: I
think that he bought a ticket on the Titanic. Sports Announcer: Oh,
boy! He's tried to come up with a new approach, my hat's off to him. It
Billy Beane: I
want you to go on the road with the team. Peter Brand: You
don't go on the road with the team. Billy Beane: That's
why I want you to do it. Peter Brand: Why
don't you? Billy Beane: I
can't develop personal relationships with these guys. I gotta be able
to trade 'em, send 'em down, sometimes cut them. Which is something you
should learn to do, by the way. Peter Brand: I
would never have to cut a player, unless you... [Bean's puts his hand up] Peter Brand: Oh,
com on! Billy Beane: Come
on, what? Let's practice. Peter Brand: No. Billy Beane: Yeah,
I'm a player and you gotta cut me from the roster. Go. Peter Brand: No! Billy Beane: What
do you mean 'no'? Peter Brand: No! Billy Beane: Do
it. Peter Brand: This
is stupid. Billy Beane: Part
of the job, man.
[playing the part of
having to cut a player with Billy pretending to be a player] Peter Brand: Billy,
please have a seat. I need to talk you to for a minute Billy Beane: Go
on. Peter Brand: You've
been a huge part of this team, but sometimes you have to make decisions
that are best for the team. I'm sure you can understand that. Billy Beane: You're
cutting me. Peter Brand: I'm
really sorry. Billy Beane: I
just bought a house here. Peter Brand: Well... Billy Beane: You
know? Peter Brand: Oh,
uh...well... Billy Beane: Well...?
That's all you got to say? My kids just started a new school, they made
friends. Peter Brand: That's
uh...well, you shouldn't pull 'em out in the middle of the school year.
You should wait. Billy Beane: What
the hell are you talking about? Peter Brand: I
don't know! I don't know! I shouldn't...I'm not gonna do this. I don't
think that...this is stupid. I'm not gonna fire anybody and this is
dumb! Billy Beane: They're
professional ball players. Just be straight with them. No fluff, just
facts. 'Pete, I gotta let you go. Jack's office will handle the
details.' Peter Brand: That's
it? [Billy does a silent
hand movement of cutting off the head] Peter Brand: Really?
Billy Beane: Would
you rather get a bullet to the head, or fire to the chest or bleed to
death? Peter Brand: Are
those my only two options? Billy Beane: Go
on the road with the team. Peter Brand: Okay.
[on the plane Peter is
traveling with the team sat next to Justice] David Justice:
How come your boss doesn't travel with the team? Peter Brand: He
doesn't like to mingle with players. David Justice: Is
that supposed to make it easier to cut? Peter Brand: I
don't...I don't know. David Justice: And
how come soda is a dollar in the club house? Cause I've never seen it
like that. Peter Brand: Billy
likes to keep the money on the field. David Justice: Soda
money? Really? Where on the field is the dollar I'm paying for soda? Peter Brand: It's
hard to see exactly, but... David Justice: Yeah. Peter Brand: ...it's
there. David Justice: It
is hard to see. I'm done.
Sports Announcer #1:
Well with this loss tonight, the Oakland Athletics have incredibly
lost fourteen of their last seventeen games. They are ten games back in
the American League West. Sports Announcer #2:
It's fair to say the experiment has failed.
Billy Beane: Look,
Steve, I believe in what we're doing. I believe the record doesn't
actively reflect the strength of this team or where we're gonna be at
the end of the season. Now, Pete and I here, feel very strongly that we
stay on the track we've chosen. Peter Brand: Our
sample size has just honestly been too small... Billy Beane: It's
early. It's too early. Where do we expect to be by the All Star break? Peter Brand: Our
goal and our expectation is by mid-July to be within seven games first.
That would get this working. Billy Beane: That
keeps us in the hunt.
Exceptionally below. Stephen Schott: By
July. Billy Beane: July. Stephen Schott: And
what's gonna prevent you from accomplishing that? What are you afraid
of? Billy Beane: Nothing.
That's why we're here, Steve. That's why we got a bit of money. That's
all we're doing.
Casey Beane: Dad,
there's not way you're gonna lose your job, right? Billy Beane: What? Casey Beane: Well,
I don't know. I'm just wondering. Billy Beane: Where
did you hear that? Casey Beane:
Well I go on the internet sometimes. Billy Beane:
Well, don't do that. Don't...don't go on the internet, or watch TV, or
read news papers or talk to...people. Casey Beane: I
don't talk to people, I just read stuff. Billy Beane: Honey,
everything's fine. Everything's fine. Really. You don't have to worry. Casey Beane: But
if you lose your job we'd have to move away. Billy Beane: Honey,
I'm not gonna lose my job. You don't have to worry. Casey Beane: Okay. Billy Beane: Hey,
there's no problem. Casey Beane: Okay.
Billy Beane: Right,
I got uptown problems, but you're not a problem at all. You're not
worried, right? Casey Beane: No,
I'm not worried.
[after losing another
game the players fool around in the locker room, Billy hears
this and goes in and breaks the stereo] Billy Beane: Is
losing fun? [nobody answers] Billy Beane: Is
losing fun? Jeremy Giambi:
No. Billy Beane: What
are you having fun for? [nobody answers, Billy
throws a baseball bat across the room, there is complete silence in the
room] Billy Beane: That's
what losing sounds like.
Casey Beane: Are
you okay, dad? Billy Beane: You're
doing it again. Casey Beane: What? Billy Beane: You're
worrying about me. Casey Beane: You
have a sad face, 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. [they hug and kiss as
they stewardess arrives to take Casey to the plane] Billy Beane: I
love you. Casey Beane: I
love you too. [as she's leaving] Billy Beane: You're
dad's not in trouble.
[as Billy is trying to
trade Giambi and Pena] Peter Brand: Billy,
I think you need to take a minute. I think you seriously need to just
think about what you're doing, because you're upset. Billy Beane: Okay.
What am I missing? Peter Brand: These
are hard rules to explain to people. Billy Beane: Why
is that a problem, Pete? Peter Brand: Don't
make an emotional decision, Billy. [to Peter as he takes a
call from one of the club owners] Billy Beane: We're
gonna shake things up.
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?
Billy Beane: Go
tell Pena he's gotta pack. Peter Brand: You
want me to tell Pena? Billy Beane: Part
of the job. Peter Brand: What
about Giambi? Do you want me to tell too? Billy Beane: I'll
[after Peter and Billy
have gotten rid of Pena and Giambi] Billy Beane: You
can't start Pena first tonight, you'll have to start Hatteberg. Art Howe: Yeah,
I don't wanna go through team rounds, Billy. The line up card is mine.
And that's all, okay? Billy Beane: The
line up card is definitely yours, I'm just saying you can't start Pena
first. Art Howe: Well,
I am starting him at first. Billy Beane: I
don't think so, he plays for Detroit now. [Art looks at him in
shock] Art Howe: You
traded Pena? Billy Beane: Yep.
And Menechino, Hiljus, Tam. All been sent down. Art Howe: You
are outside your mind! Billy Beane: Yep.
Billy Beane: Jeremy's
gone too. Art Howe: You're
killing this team. Billy Beane: Art,
I can do this all day long. [Billy walks out of
Art's office and Peter goes to follow him when Art stops him] Art Howe: Hey,
you agreed with this? Peter Brand: Hundred
[to the team in the
locker room] Billy Beane: Everybody,
listen up! You may not look like a winning team, but you are one. So,
play like one tonight.
David Justice: I've
never seen a GM talk to players like that, man. Billy Beane: You've
never seen a GM that was a player. David Justice: No. Billy Beane: We
got a problem, David? David Justice: No,
it's okay. I know your routine. It's a pattern, it's for effect. But
it's for them, alright? That shit ain't for me.
Billy Beane: Oh,
you're special? David Justice: You
pay me seven million bucks a year, man. So, yeah. Maybe I am a little
bit. Billy Beane: No,
man. I ain't paying you seven. Yankee's are paying half your salary.
That's what the New York Yankee's think of you. They're paying you
three and a half million dollars to play against 'em. David Justice: Where
you goin' with this, Billy? Billy Beane: David,
you're thirty seven. How about you and I be honest about what each of
us want out of this? I wanna milk the last ounce of baseball you got in
you and you wanna stay in the show. Let's do that. I'm not paying you
for the player you used to be, I'm paying you for the player you are
right now. You're smart, you get what we're trying to do here. Make an
example for the younger guys, be a leader. Can you do that? David Justice: Alright.
I got you. Billy Beane: We're
cool? David Justice: We're
David Justice: How
you liking first base, man? Scott Hatteberg: It's
uh...it's coming along, picking it up. You know, tough transition, but
I'm feeling...I'm starting to feel better with it. David Justice: Yeah? Scott Hatteberg: Yeah. David Justice: What's
your biggest fear? Scott Hatteberg: It's
baseball being hit in my general direction. David Justice: That's
funny. Seriously, what is it? Scott Hatteberg: No,
seriously. That is. [Scott walks way and
David call to him] David Justice: Well,
hey, good luck with that!
Radio Commentator: The
Oakland A's are completely out of hand at the moment. They are an AL
best seventeen in for this month, they also took back to back
series at Boston and at New York. Remember when they traded Jeremy
Giambi to Philly back in June, everyone thought they'd just given up.
Actually not so much.
[as the Oakland A's have
moved up to 19 wins and are on proceeding to their 20th, Sharon call
and I are here and we're watching the game at home, I just wanted to
say you did good, Billy. We're really proud of you. Billy Beane: I
appreciated it, Sharon. Thank you. Sharon: Good
luck. Billy Beane: Okay.
[talking on the phone] Casey Beane: Hey,
are you on your way to the stadium? Billy Beane: No,
I'm on way to Visalia to see our minor league team. Casey Beane: Turn
around. Please, dad. Billy Beane: No
way Jose! Casey Beane: Turn
around. Billy Beane: No. Casey Beane: Come
on, dad! Billy Beane: Not
gonna happen. Casey Beane: You're
not gonna jinx it. Billy Beane: I'll
talk to you later, sweetheart. I love you. [after hanging up the
phone Billy turns on the radio to hear the scores and immediately
decides to turn around and go to the stadium]
[flashback to Billy
decided to give up playing baseball] Billy's Coach:
You wanna give up baseball to become a scout? Billy Beane: I'm
not a baseball player. Billy's Coach: Are
you sure this is what you want?
[after winning their
20th game in a row] Billy Beane: It's
hard not to be romantic about baseball. It's the kind of thing
it's fun for the fans, sells tickets and hot dogs. It doesn't mean
anything. Peter Brand:
Billy, we just won twenty games in a row. Billy Beane: And
what's the point? Peter Brand: We
just got the record. Billy Beane: Man,
I've been doing this for.... Listen, man. I've been in this game a
long time. I'm not in it for a record, I'll tell you that. I'm not in
it for a ring. That's when people get hurt. If we don't win the last
game of the series, they'll dismiss us. I know these guys, I know they
way think, and they will erase us. And everything we've done here, none
of it will matter. Any other team wins the world series, good for them.
They're drinking champagne, they'll get a ring. But if we win, on our
budget with this team, we'll change the game. And that's what I want, I
want it to mean something.
[after the Oakland A's
lose to the Minnesota Twins] Radio Commentator:
What the Minnesota Twins exposed, is the fact that the Oakland A's were
fundamentally not a sound baseball team. I mean, they had a flawed
concept that started with the General Manager and the brain trust over
there thinking they could reinvent baseball. You can't approach
baseball from a statistically Beane counter point of view, it's won on
the field with fundamental play. You have to steal, you have to bunt,
you have to sacrifice, you gotta get mens score in position and then
you gotta bring 'em in. And you don't do that with a bunch of
statistical gimmicks. Nobody reinvents this game.
[Billy takes a meeting
with the owner of the Red Sox]
told me he's offering you a new contract. Billy Beane: Yes. John: So
why did you return my call? Billy Beane: Cause
it's the Red Sox. Because I believe science might offer an answer to
curse of the Bambino. Because I hear you hired Bill James. John: Yep.
You know, why someone took so long to hire that guy is beyond me. Billy Beane: Baseball
hates him. John: I
know. Baseball...baseball kinda hated me and all. One of the great
things about money is that it buys a lot of things. One of which is the
luxury to disregard what baseball like, doesn't like, what baseball
think, doesn't think. Billy Beane: Yeah,
Billy Beane: Well,
I was grateful for the call. John: You
were grateful? Billy Beane: Yeah. John: For
forty one million, you built a playoff team. You lost Damon, Giambi,
Isringhausen, Pena and you won more games without them than you did
with them. You won the exact same number of games that the Yankee's
won, but the Yankee's spent one point four million per win and you paid
two hundred and sixty thousand. I know you've taken it in the teeth out
there, but the first guy through the wall. It always gets bloody,
always. It's the threat and not just the way of doing business, but in
their minds it's threatening the game. But really what it's threatening
is their livelihoods, it's threatening their jobs, it's threatening the
way that they do things. And every time that happens, whether it's the
government or a way of doing business or whatever it is, the people are
holding the reins, have their hands on the switch. They will bet you're
crazy. I mean, anybody who's not building a team right and rebuilding
it using your model, they're dinosaurs. They'll be sittin' on their ass
on the sofa in October, watch the Boston Red Sox win the world series. [he takes out a paper
from his coat pocket and puts it in front of Billy] Billy Beane: What's
this? John: I
want you to be my General Manager. That's my offer. [Billy take the paper
and reads the offer then looks back in shock at John]
Peter Brand: How
was Boston? Billy Beane: Impressive. Peter Brand: Did
Henry make you a good offer at least? Billy Beane: Doesn't
matter. Peter Brand: What
was it? Billy Beane: Doesn't
What was it? Billy Beane: It
doesn't matter! Peter Brand: What
was it? [Billy takes out the
paper with the offer written on it and passes to Peter and he reads it] Peter Brand: Well,
at least you got highest paid GM in the history of sports. Billy Beane: So?
So what? You know, I made one decision in my life based on money and I
swore I would never do it again. Peter Brand: You're
not doing it for the money. Billy Beane: No? Peter Brand: No.
You're doing it for what the money says and it says, well it says, that
any player that makes big money, that they're worth it.
[looking around at the
Oakland A's locker room] Billy Beane: What
a dump! I really wanted to win here. I really did. Peter Brand: I
think you won pretty big, Billy. Billy Beane: Pete,
we lost. We lost. Peter Brand: It's
only been a few days. You gotta give yourself some time to get over it. Billy Beane: You
know, I...I don't get over these things. Ever. Peter Brand: Come
with me to the video room, I wanna show you something. Billy Beane: No,
man, I'm not feeling...right now. Peter Brand: Come
on, Billy. Seriously. Come on, Billy. Come on.
[Peter shows Billy a
tape of an Orioles game] Peter Brand: The
Oaks and our two hundred and forty pounds catcher, Jeremy Brown, who as
you know is scared to run to second base. This is in the game six weeks
ago. This guy is gonna start him off with a fast ball. Jeremy's gonna
take it in the deep center. [tape shows Jeremy
hitting the ball and starts running and Peter pauses the tape] Peter Brand: Here's
what's really interesting. Because Jeremy is gonna do what he never
does, he's gonna go for it. He's gonna round first and he's gonna go
for it. Okay? [he starts the tape
again and Billy watches it closely] Peter Brand: This
is all Jeremy's nightmare's coming to life. Billy Beane: Ah,
they're laughing at him. Peter Brand: And
Jeremy's about to find out why. [he pauses the tape
again] Peter Brand: Jeremy
is about to realize that the ball went sixty feet over the fence. He
hit a home run and didn't even realize it.
[after Peter has showed
him the tape of Jeremy Brown hitting a home run] Billy Beane: How
can you not be romantic about baseball? Peter Brand: It's
a metaphor. Billy Beane: I
know it's a metaphor. [Billy gets up to leave] Billy Beane: Okay.
Pete, you're a good egg. I'll call you.
[last lines; Billy is
driving his truck listening to a CD his daughter made for him] Casey Beane: Uh...hey,
dad. This is the song you asked me to record. Please don't show it
anyone else. Uh... let me know if you change your mind and stay in
California. If not, you were really great dad. [end title states Billy
turned down the Red Sox's offer of 12.5 million dollars and stayed as
the GM of the Oakland A's. Two years later, the Red Sox won the 2004
World Series, using the same model Billy pioneered and Billy is still
trying to win the last game]