- 1. Ball one to Johnny Damon
and we are under way.
- 2. Damon has eight hits
in 18 at bats,
- 3. a double, a triple,
a couple of stolen bases.
- 4. He had four hits
in the series opener.
- 5. Strike.
- 6. Down the right-field line,
fair off the bat of Damon.
- 7. It rolls by Spencer.
- 8. And Damon will coast into
second base with a leadoff double.
- 9. Into right-center field, broken bat,
it'll fall, a base hit.
- 10. They wave around Damon.
He will score.
- 11. And Jason Giambi delivers
- 12. with a run-scoring single
here in the opening inning.
- 13. And the Athletics
have taken that 1 -nothing lead.
- 14. Go, come on, now. We gotta spin it.
- 15. Let's go, Yankees!
- 16. Let's go, Yankees!
- 17. Bases loaded.
- 18. The Yankees have the tying run
at second, down 2-nothing.
- 19. The A's are kicking it and throwing it
all over the field.
- 20. And it might lead to their elimination
if they don't get it right in a hurry.
- 21. Hammered down the right-field line.
- 22. The Yankees have taken the lead.
- 23. They're standing,
anticipating another trip
- 24. to the League
- 25. The Yankees one out away.
- 26. Eric Byrnes, never with an
at bat in Yankee Stadium,
- 27. and they don't get
much bigger than this one.
- 28. Or more hectic when you're
up there trying to get a job done.
- 29. And they're a strike away.
- 30. And they're roaring in the Bronx.
- 31. Losing the first two games at home
in the best-of-five series
- 32. and roar back to—
- 33. The Yankees will defend their title.
- 34. It's okay, Joe, you can leave it on.
- 35. I don't need to watch.
Joe, leave it on.
- 36. Okay.
- 37. Imagine how bad it'd be
if you were a Yankee player
- 38. and didn't like the taste
- 39. Better ask to get traded.
- 40. You gotta give the Yankees—
- 41. —win the big game.
- 42. What a series that is
gonna be in the next...
- 43. You know how many kids
are wearing Giambi's—?
- 44. You know, Oakland Giambi's jerseys
and hats and pictures and posters?
- 45. Those same kids
will be booing in July when
the Yankees come here.
- 46. Is it Giambi that's stabbing the back
or the Pinstripes on the East Coast?
- 47. You can't blame them
for pilfering the henhouse.
- 48. - The henhouse is there.
- I can't blame them?
- 49. They're offering $120 million
oνer six years.
- 50. The Yankees have
deeper pockets and they're
willing to give him money.
- 51. They're pilfering our players.
- 52. It's like we're a farm system
for the New York Yankees.
- 53. - How are the guys doing?
- That was a killer.
- 54. That was a killer.
It's a tough one to swallow. It's...
- 55. They played great.
They played their hearts out.
- 56. They did. They played fantastic.
It just didn't fall our way.
- 57. You'll do better next year.
But we were close, though.
- 58. We were so close.
- 59. Almost had it. You gotta
feel good about that.
- 60. I feel great about it.
I feel great about it.
- 61. Um...
- 62. We're not gonna do better
- 63. Why not?
Well, you know we're being gutted.
- 64. We're losing Giambi,
- 65. Done deal.
We're in trouble.
- 66. You'll find new guys.
You found Jason, you found Damon.
- 67. I need more money, Steve.
- 68. I need more money.
We don't have any.
- 69. I can't compete against $120 million
with $38 million.
- 70. We're not gonna compete with
these teams that have big budgets.
- 71. We're gonna work
within the constraints we have,
- 72. and you're gonna do the best job
that you can recruiting new players.
- 73. We're not gonna pay $17 million
- 74. I'm not asking you
- 75. for 10 or 20, 30 million dollars.
- 76. I'm just asking for a bit of help.
- 77. Get me a little closer
and I will get you that
- 78. I mean, this is why I'm here.
This is why you hired me.
- 79. And I gotta ask you,
what are we doing here
- 80. Billy, I—
if it's not to win a championship?
- 81. I wanna win just as much—
That's my bar. My bar is here.
- 82. My bar is to take this team
to the championship.
- 83. Billy, we're a small-market team,
and you're a small-market GM.
- 84. I'm asking you to be okay
not spending money
that I don't have.
- 85. And I'm asking you
to take a deep breath,
- 86. shake off the loss, get back
in a room with your guys,
- 87. and figure out how to find
replacements for the guys we lost
- 88. with the money that we do have.
- 89. I'm not leaving here. I'm not—
I can't leave here with that.
- 90. What else can I help you with?
- 91. It's a good offer,
and you gotta match it. I—
- 92. I need another day.
- 93. His mind's pretty made up.
I just think you should know that.
- 94. I got a call. I'll get you back.
I'll let him know.
- 95. Bye.
- 96. - Yeah?
- Billy, Scott.
- 97. Just got off the phone with Dan.
- 98. I was surprised he called me.
- 99. Stop. I got Johnny for 7.5
or he doesn't play anywhere else.
- 100. That's the deal you made.
Boston just upped it to 7.75.
- 101. You there?
- 102. We had a deal, Scott.
We have a deal, if it's 8 million.
- 103. Oh, man, you played me.
I'm just doing my job for my client.
- 104. No, you're playing me,
and you're still playing me.
- 105. Congratulations, asshole.
- 106. I like guys that got
a little hair on their ass.
- 107. He looks like a Mantle
or a Mays, quite frankly.
- 108. He's got a baseball body.
Matty, who do you got?
- 109. I like Geronimo.
- 110. The guy's an athlete.
Big, fast, talented.
- 111. - Top of my list.
- Clean-cut, good face.
- 112. Yeah, good jaw.
- 113. - Good-looking ballplayer.
- Can he hit?
- 114. He's got a beautiful swing.
The ball explodes off his bat.
- 115. He throws the club head at the ball,
and when he connects,
- 116. he drives it,
it pops off the bat.
- 117. - You can hear it all over the ballpark.
- A lot of pop.
- 118. If he's good,
why doesn't he hit good?
- 119. - He is a good hitter.
- He'll be ready.
- 120. He's gonna be a good hitter
against big-league arms?
- 121. Could be great.
I don't think so.
- 122. Kid needs at bats.
Give him 400 at bats,
he's gonna get better.
- 123. He can play.
- 124. He's hit everywhere
along the line.
- 125. He's one of our guys.
- 126. Okay, let's move on.
- 127. Artie, who do you like?
I like Perez. He's got a classic swing.
- 128. It's a real clean stroke.
I don't know. Can't hit the curveball.
- 129. There's some work to be done,
I'll admit that, but he's noticeable.
- 130. - Got an ugly girlfriend.
- What's that mean?
- 131. Ugly girlfriend
means no confidence.
- 132. You are full of it. Artie is right.
This guy's got an attitude.
- 133. An attitude is good.
- 134. He walks in a room,
his dick's already been
there for two minutes.
- 135. He passes the eye-candy test.
Got the looks.
- 136. He's ready to play the part.
He just needs playing time.
- 137. I'm just saying,
his girlfriend is a six at best.
- 138. Look, if we're trying to replace
Giambi, this guy could be it.
- 139. I agree with you.
- 140. Damn, Billy,
was that a suggestion?
- 141. Guys, you're just talking.
- 142. Talking, "la-la-la-la-la,"
like this is business
- 143. It's not.
- 144. We're trying to solve
- 145. Not like this.
You're not looking at the problem.
- 146. We're very aware
of the problem. I mean—
- 147. Okay, good. What's the problem?
- 148. Look, Billy, we all understand
what the problem is. We have to—
- 149. Okay, good.
What's the problem?
- 150. We have to replace three
key players in our lineup.
- 151. Nope. What's the problem?
- 152. We gotta replace these guys
with what we have—
- 153. No. What's the problem, Barry?
- 154. We need 38 home runs, 120 RBIs
and 47 doubles to replace.
- 155. The problem we're trying to solve
is that there are rich teams
- 156. and there are poor teams,
then there's 50 feet of crap,
- 157. and then there's us.
- 158. It's an unfair game.
- 159. And now we've been gutted.
We're like organ donors for the rich.
- 160. Boston's taken our kidneys,
Yankees have taken our heart.
- 161. And you guys sit around
- 162. talking the same old "good body"
nonsense like we're selling jeans.
- 163. Like we're looking for Fabio.
- 164. We got to think differently.
- 165. We are the last dog
at the bowl.
- 166. You see what happens to
the runt of the litter? He dies.
- 167. Billy, that's a very touching story
- 168. but I think we're all very much
aware of what we're facing.
- 169. You have a lot of experience
and wisdom in this room.
- 170. You need to have
a little faith and let us do
the job of replacing Giambi.
- 171. Is there another first
baseman like Giambi?
- 172. - No, not really.
- 173. - If there was, could we afford him?
- 174. Then what the fuck
are you talking about, man?
- 175. If we try to play like the Yankees
- 176. we will lose to the Yankees
- 177. Boy, that sounds like
fortune-cookie wisdom to me, Billy.
- 178. No, that's just logic.
- 179. He's a shortstop.
He's a shortstop from Seattle.
- 180. Now, this is no time
to push the panic button.
- 181. Our scouts will find players,
will develop them.
- 182. We'll teach them to play
Oakland A baseball.
- 183. With all due respect,
we've been doing this
a long time.
- 184. Why don't you just
let us be responsible
for replacing Giambi
- 185. with who we know
that can play?
- 186. - Easy power.
- And loose.
- 187. Good face.
- 188. This son of a bitch
is going in the first round.
- 189. You're a premium player, Billy.
- 190. You can run, you can field,
you can throw, you can hit,
- 191. you can hit with power.
- 192. That doesn't come along very often.
- 193. This is Tom Martinez,
- 194. - How you doing?
- Billy Beane.
- 195. Nice to meet you.
- 196. It's been a while since
I've seen a five-tool guy
that can do everything.
- 197. I'm hopeful your interest
in professional baseball
- 198. is as strong as ours is gonna be
in getting you in this upcoming draft.
- 199. Mr. Beane?
- 200. Mark is ready
to see you now.
- 201. - How you doing?
- I'm fine.
- 202. - How are you?
- 203. Hey, Billy.
- 204. Good to see you. Please sit down.
- 205. These are the guys. Guys, Billy.
- 206. How's it going?
All right. How you been?
- 207. You're filling out that chair nicely.
I got three weeks in it right now.
- 208. Good, good, man.
- 209. Yeah, man. How you doing?
- 210. Awesome.
Couldn't be better.
- 211. That's good to hear.
I'm not gonna waste your time.
- 212. You just tell me
what you're looking for.
- 213. Fifty million dollars
in additional payroll.
- 214. You should try Giambi.
- 215. Ouch.
I'm sorry. Too soon, right?
- 216. I want this to be
a friendly meeting.
- 217. It's not all
on your shoulders.
- 218. - Where's Steve in this?
- Steve's great.
- 219. He's supportive
in rebuilding this team.
- 220. That's what we're gonna do.
- 221. So, what are you looking for?
A left-handed reliever.
- 222. I'm thinking Ricardo Rincon.
- 223. That's not gonna happen.
- 224. Not even a discussion?
- 225. Billy, even if you could afford him,
respectfully, we love him.
- 226. We're not about to let him go.
- 227. You got this Venezuelan kid
- 228. We had him.
We moved him to Detroit.
- 229. Huh.
What else you thinking?
- 230. Outfielders.
- 231. To replace Damon?
- 232. In your price range? No disrespect.
- 233. Uh... Hollins?
- 234. Uh-uh.
- 235. Garcia?
- 236. Maybe Coste.
- 237. Uh-uh.
- 238. That's it.
- 239. All right, tell me about Garcia.
To replace Johnny Damon?
- 240. Mark, is he healthy?
Yeah, he's healthy-ish.
- 241. He had that back thing.
- 242. - He'll be ready for spring ball.
- I'll tell you what.
- 243. I can give you Guthrie
if you kick in some cash.
- 244. Mark Guthrie?
- 245. How much cash?
Two hundred K.
- 246. Okay.
- 247. So Garcia's gonna be a no.
You're kidding me, right?
- 248. You're kidding me.
- 249. Okay. Straight up,
Garcia for Guthrie, no kicker.
- 250. - No kicker?
- Straight up.
- 251. I think it's gonna be
a hard no on Garcia,
but let's just keep going.
- 252. What else you thinking?
What are we doing? Is this business?
- 253. This is the way we do
business in Cleveland.
- 254. Hey.
- 255. Hello.
Who are you?
- 256. I'm Peter Brand.
- 257. What do you do?
- 258. I'm special assistant
to Mark Shapiro.
- 259. So, what do you do?
- 260. Mostly player analysis
- 261. Been on the job long?
First job in baseball?
- 262. It's my first job anywhere.
- 263. Wow, congrats.
- 264. First job.
Whose nephew are you?
- 265. Why does Mark listen to you?
- 266. I don't think, uh...
- 267. I don't think he does very often.
- 268. He just did.
- 269. Well, in that circumstance,
- 270. I think he was more listening
to Bruce than myself.
- 271. Mm-hm. Who are you?
- 272. I'm Peter Brand.
- 273. I don't give a rat's ass
what your name is.
- 274. What happened
- 275. What happened
in that room?
- 276. I'm not quite sure what
you're asking me, Mr. Beane.
- 277. What did you
- 278. I just told Bruce I like Garcia.
You like Garcia. Why?
- 279. Why?
- 280. I don't know. Ahem.
- 281. There is an epidemic failure
within the game
- 282. to understand
what is really happening.
- 283. And this leads people who run
Major League Baseball teams
- 284. to misjudge their players
and mismanage their teams.
- 285. I apologize.
- 286. Go on.
- 287. Okay. People who run ball clubs,
they think in terms of buying players.
- 288. Your goal shouldn't be
to buy players. Your goal
should be to buy wins.
- 289. And in order to buy wins,
you need to buy runs.
- 290. You're trying
to replace Johnny Damon.
- 291. The Red Sox see Johnny Damon
- 292. and they see a star
who's worth $7.5 million a year.
- 293. When I see Johnny Damon,
- 294. what I see is...
- 295. an imperfect understanding
of where runs come from.
- 296. The guy's got a great glove.
- 297. He's a decent leadoff hitter.
He can steal bases.
- 298. But is he worth
the $7.5 million a year
- 299. that the Boston Red Sox
are paying him?
- 300. No. No.
- 301. Baseball thinking is medieval.
- 302. They are asking
all the wrong questions.
- 303. And if I say it to anybody,
I'm ostracized. I'm a leper.
- 304. So that's why I'm cagey
about this with you.
- 305. That's why—
- 306. I respect you, Mr. Beane,
and if you want full disclosure,
- 307. I think it's a good thing
that you got Damon off
- 308. I think it opens up all kinds
of interesting possibilities.
- 309. Where you from, Pete?
- 310. Where'd you go to school?
Yale. I went to Yale.
- 311. What'd you study?
- 312. I studied economics.
- 313. Yale, economics and baseball.
- 314. You're funny, Pete.
- 315. Tell me, why Billy?
- 316. What is it that makes him special?
- 317. Very rare do you come upon
a young man like Billy
- 318. who can run, who can field,
who can throw, who can hit,
- 319. and who can hit with power.
- 320. Those five tools,
you don't see that very often.
- 321. Most of the youngsters
that we have an interest in
- 322. have one or two tools,
- 323. and we're hoping
to develop an extra one.
- 324. Your son has five.
- 325. We're looking at a guy
that's a potential superstar
for us in New York.
- 326. The time is now
to get him started.
- 327. We're prepared to make
a sizable financial commitment.
- 328. The Mets are gonna
stand behind Billy
- 329. because we expect him
to be our big-league center fielder.
- 330. This check here
represents the offer
- 331. that the New York Mets
would be making to Billy.
- 332. You do know that he's been accepted
to Stanford on a full scholarship?
- 333. I do.
- 334. So he can do both?
- 335. Unfortunately, he can't do Stanford
and professional baseball.
- 336. He would have to pick one
or the other.
- 337. If he wants to be center fielder
for the Mets,
- 338. wants to be a baseball player,
- 339. he really needs to accept this
as life's first occupation, first career.
- 340. We're all told at some point we can
no longer play the children's game.
- 341. We just don't know
when that's gonna be.
- 342. Some of us are told at 18,
some of us are told at 40,
but we're all told.
- 343. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime
- 344. We want you badly,
and we think that this amount
of money expresses that desire.
- 345. Billy, this is your decision,
and whatever that decision is,
- 346. you know it's fine
with your mother and I.
- 347. Hello?
Hey, it's Billy Beane.
- 348. Hey, what time is it?
I don't know.
- 349. Listen, would you have
drafted me in the first round?
- 350. What?
- 351. After I left, you looked me up
on your computer.
- 352. Would you have drafted me
in the first round?
- 353. I did, yeah.
You were a good player.
- 354. Cut the crap, man.
- 355. Would you have drafted me
in the first round?
- 356. I'd have taken you
in the ninth round.
No signing bonus.
- 357. I imagine you would've passed
and taken that scholarship.
- 358. Yeah.
- 359. Pack your bags, Pete.
- 360. I just bought you
from the Cleveland Indians.
- 361. - Is it attached to that clamp?
- Yeah, let me unhook it.
- 362. Slide it up right there.
- 363. - To the left.
- I did.
- 364. - Yeah, yeah.
- Hang on, it's wet.
- 365. Come on.
- 366. Morning, Suzanne. Coffee on?
- 367. Great.
- 368. - Billy Beane's office.
- 369. Peter Brand.
- 370. How are—? Hi, how you doing?
Nice to see you.
- 371. Good to have you here.
Boy, you move in fast.
- 372. Yeah, yeah.
I got here early this morning.
- 373. Wow. Huh.
- 374. All moved in.
- 375. Yeah.
- 376. Hey, Billy,
- 377. I wanted you to see
these player evaluations
- 378. that you asked me to do.
- 379. I asked you to do three.
- 380. Yeah.
- 381. To evaluate three players.
- 382. How many did you do?
- 383. Forty-seven.
- 384. Okay.
- 385. Actually, 51.
I don't know why I lied just then.
- 386. Why don't you walk me
through the board?
- 387. Thank you.
- 388. Using this equation
in the upper left,
- 389. I'm projecting that we need
to win at least 99 games
- 390. in order to make it
to the postseason.
- 391. We need to score at least 814 runs
in order to win those games
- 392. and allow no more
than 645 runs.
- 393. What's this?
- 394. This is a code that I've written
for our year-to-year projections.
- 395. This is building in the intelligence
that we have to project players.
- 396. Okay.
- 397. It's about getting things down
to one number.
- 398. Using the stats
the way we read them,
- 399. we'll find value in players
that nobody else can see.
- 400. People are overlooked
- 401. for a variety of biased reasons
and perceived flaws.
- 402. Age, appearance, personality.
- 403. Bill James and mathematics
cut straight through that.
- 404. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players
for us to consider,
- 405. I believe that there is
a championship team
- 406. of 25 people that we can afford,
- 407. because everyone else
in baseball undervalues them.
- 408. Like an island of misfit toys.
- 409. Billy, this is Chad Bradford.
He's a relief pitcher.
- 410. He is one of the most undervalued
players in baseball.
- 411. His defect is that he throws funny.
- 412. Nobody in the big leagues cares
about him because he looks funny.
- 413. This guy could be not just
the best pitcher in our pen,
- 414. but one of the most effective
relief pitchers in all baseball.
- 415. This guy should cost
$3 million a year.
- 416. We can get him for 237,000.
- 417. Billy.
- 418. That it?
- 419. Hey, Art.
- 420. Can I talk to you
before you get started?
- 421. I'm a bit busy right now.
- 422. - I know.
- 423. Morning, everyone.
- 424. Peter Brand. Nice to meet you.
Where the hell's Pete?
- 425. That's Pete.
- 426. Grab a seat.
I'll be right back.
- 427. All right,
where did you say he's at?
- 428. Okay. He's on—
- 429. Who's the kid?
A friend of mine.
- 430. I can't manage this team
under a one-year contract.
- 431. Well, sure you can.
- 432. No, I can't.
- 433. Okay. I gotta put a team
on the field.
- 434. After that, I'll take a good
long look at your contract.
- 435. Deal with the manager's contract,
then put a team on the field.
- 436. At this moment, if a grounder's hit
to first, nobody's there to stop it.
- 437. It's not easy doing what
I do under the cloud of
a one-year contract.
- 438. Okay, I understand that.
- 439. I've been there.
I know you have.
- 440. A one-year contract means
the same thing to a manager
as to a player.
- 441. There's not a lot of faith there.
- 442. Which is strange
after a 102-win season.
- 443. I see.
- 444. If you lose the last game
of the season, nobody gives a shit.
- 445. So it's on me now?
No, Art, it's on me.
- 446. And the kid
is the new assistant GM.
- 447. - Okay.
- Okay, fellas.
- 448. Hey, Billy.
- 449. You can't deny his
offensive output. He can play.
- 450. And we need people
that can play.
- 451. Who do you wanna
talk about first?
- 452. None of them.
- 453. Billy, we got 38 home runs,
120 RBIs to make up for.
- 454. Guys, you're still trying
to replace Giambi.
- 455. I told you we can't do it,
and we can't do it.
- 456. Now, what we might be able
to do is re-create him.
- 457. - Re-create him in the aggregate.
- The what?
- 458. Giambi's on-base percentage
- 459. Damon's on-base,324.
And Olmedo's was.291.
- 460. Add that up and you get...
- 461. Do you want me to speak?
- 462. When I point at you, yeah.
- 463. - 1.092.
- Divided by three.
- 464. .364.
That's what we're looking for.
- 465. Three ballplayers—
whose average OBP is...
- 466. .364.
- 467. - Wait, that doesn't come out right.
- It's right, Artie.
- 468. Billy.
You gotta carry the one.
- 469. Billy.
Scratch this out.
- 470. Yeah?
- 471. Who's that?
- 472. That's Pete.
- 473. Does Pete really need to be here?
- 474. Yes, he does.
- 475. Okay, here's who we want.
- 476. Jason's little brother, Jeremy.
- 477. Oh, God.
Billy, that's trouble.
- 478. Billy, look, if I— Yeah.
Billy, if I may, he's had
his problems off the field,
- 479. and we know what he can't do
on the field.
- 480. He's getting thick around the waist.
- 481. There's reports about him
on weed, in strip clubs.
- 482. His on-base percentage
is all we're looking at now.
- 483. And Jeremy gets on base
an awful lot for a guy
who only costs 285,000.
- 484. - Jeez, Billy—
- Number two:
- 485. David Justice.
- 486. His legs are gone.
Not a good idea.
- 487. - Old Man Justice?
- Why is that?
- 488. Steinbrenner's so pissed at
his decline, he's willing to eat
his contract to get rid of him.
- 489. Exactly.
Ten years ago, Justice, big name.
- 490. Been in big games.
- 491. He's gonna really help
our season tickets
early in the year,
- 492. but in the dog days in July,
August, we're lucky if he's
gonna hit his weight.
- 493. Billy, his legs are gone,
and he's a defensive liability.
- 494. I question whether
the bat speed's there.
- 495. - His legs are gone.
- 496. We'll be lucky to get 60 games
out of him. Why do you like him?
- 497. Because he gets on base.
- 498. - What is this?
- What are we doing?
- 499. Okay, number three:
- 500. - Scott Hatteberg.
- 501. Hatteberg?
- 502. He sounds like an Oakland A
- 503. Yes, he's had a little problem with—
Little problem? He can't throw.
- 504. He's a career.260 hitter.
The best part of his career is over.
- 505. It's just getting started.
Boston wants to cut him.
- 506. No one wants to pick him up.
Good. He's cheap.
- 507. Let me get this straight.
You're gonna get a guy
- 508. that's been released by
half the organizations
- 509. because he's got
nonrepairable nerve damage
in his elbow and can't throw.
- 510. He can't throw
and he can't field.
But what can he do?
- 511. Oh, boy.
- 512. Check your reports
or I'm gonna point at Pete.
- 513. He gets on base.
He can get on base.
- 514. So he walks a lot.
He gets on base a lot, Rocco.
- 515. Do I care
if it's a walk or a hit?
- 516. Pete?
- 517. - You do not.
- I do not.
- 518. I got 37 free agents
that are better than those three guys.
- 519. Wait a minute,
let me get this straight.
- 520. So you're not gonna bring in one
- 521. but three defective players
to replace Giambi?
- 522. You're not buying into
this Bill James bullshit?
- 523. This is the new
direction of the A's.
- 524. We are card counters
at the blackjack table
- 525. and we're gonna turn the odds
on the casino.
- 526. - I don't see it.
- Seriously, guys.
- 527. I think we have to remember
this is the man.
- 528. He answers to no one
except ownership and God.
- 529. And he doesn't
have to answer to us.
- 530. We make suggestions,
he makes decisions.
- 531. That's all fine and well,
but we've been working
our asses off
- 532. for weeks to make this club better,
and you're shitting all over it.
- 533. This is not a discussion.
- 534. What are we discussing?
- 535. Barry, not a discussion.
- 536. Billy, man, um,
- 537. there's one thing
- 538. None of those three guys
knows how to play first base.
- 539. Well, you're gonna have
to teach one of them.
- 540. Teach?
- 541. Which one?
- 542. This is really
the kickoff to the holiday season
here in downtown Seattle.
- 543. It took weeks of planning
to lead up to the big event,
but it was well worth it.
- 544. The weather was ideal.
People are still having a great time.
- 545. Thousands of people
were out earlier.
- 546. We have a nice recap for you
- 547. of all the great events taking place
downtown in Seattle—
- 548. - Hello?
- 549. Yes.
- 550. It's Billy Beane of the Oakland A's.
- 551. Can we talk?
- 552. Do you wanna let us in?
- 553. Pardon me?
We're out front.
- 554. What?
On the curb.
- 555. Uh, yeah, yeah.
- 556. Honey?
- 557. Oh, thank you.
Thank you, ma'am.
- 558. Very kind.
- 559. How's the elbow, Scott?
- 560. You know, it's good.
It's really good. It's great. Uh...
- 561. - I can't throw the ball at all.
- 562. You've thrown your last ball
from behind home plate.
- 563. That's what I'd say.
- 564. Good news is,
we want you at first.
- 565. We want you to play
first base for the Oakland A's.
- 566. Okay, well,
- 567. I've only ever played catcher.
- 568. Scott, you're not
a catcher anymore.
- 569. If you were, our call wouldn't
have been the only one you got.
- 570. Yeah. Hey, listen, no, I appreciate it.
- 571. But the thing is, is...
You don't know how to play first base.
- 572. Scott.
- 573. It's not that hard, Scott.
- 574. Tell him, Wash.
It's incredibly hard.
- 575. Hey, anything worth doing is.
And we're gonna teach you.
- 576. Wait a minute here.
I mean, but what about—?
- 577. Jason's gone, Scott.
- 578. You want me to take
Giambi's spot at first base?
- 579. Yeah.
What about the fans?
- 580. Maybe I can teach one of them.
The fans don't— Good one.
- 581. Fans don't run
my ball club.
- 582. Honey, what are you doing awake?
- 583. Sweetheart, can you...?
- 584. That's my daughter.
- 585. You got kids?
- 586. Uh, yeah, a daughter.
- 587. Scott, this is a contract to play ball
for the Oakland A's.
- 588. A copy's been sent over
to your agent.
- 589. Discuss with your wife,
let us know.
- 590. Thank you.
- 591. Bye-bye.
- 592. - Oh, and, Scott.
- 593. Don't tell anyone
about the first-base thing.
- 594. Yes, sir.
- 595. Happy holidays.
- 596. Hey, Sharon.
- 597. Is she ready?
She's out with friends.
- 598. But she'll be back. Come in.
- 599. - Okay.
- Yeah, she's right here. Hold on.
- 600. Here you go.
- 601. Here, wanna have a seat?
- 602. You good, Billy?
Yeah. How are you, Alan?
- 603. Good. Really good.
Things are peaceful
- 604. It's good to see you.
- 605. Thanks, Alan.
- 606. I haven't got to see you
- 607. I wanted to say that New York
- 608. I'm sure for you too.
- 609. Not many teams make it that far,
and to watch you go that far was—
- 610. It was really an accomplishment.
Well, that's nice.
- 611. How is the team shaping up?
- 612. - Team's good. Rebuilding.
- 613. I read you lost
Giambonni and Damon.
- 614. Giambi.
- 615. Yeah.
- 616. They're really—? They're gone?
Gone. Yesterday's news.
- 617. That's terrible.
No, but that is a tough situation.
- 618. That's...
- 619. You're gonna be fine, though.
You always figure something out.
- 620. Where is she?
Where was she?
Down the street or...?
- 621. Oh, sorry, yeah. I just
talked to her on her cell.
She's coming up the hill.
- 622. Okay.
- 623. She's got a cell phone?
- 624. Yeah.
- 625. Yeah.
- 626. Huh.
- 627. For emergencies.
- 628. Big parenting decision.
- 629. But it's something that,
you know, we, you know,
all should discuss,
- 630. because if you have
any objections, of course...
- 631. Her mother and I
will discuss it.
- 632. But thank you.
- 633. Any of these?
- 634. I don't know.
- 635. Do you—?
This one's cool.
- 636. Is that good or bad?
- 637. - Butterflies.
- They're okay.
- 638. Look, that one's pretty.
I like the red.
- 639. Should we try?
- 640. No?
- 641. Oh, I like this one.
- 642. Dad, look at this one.
- 643. Look how it's red.
- 644. This one's pretty.
Let's try it out.
- 645. Just right here?
Why don't we go over there?
- 646. Can we go over there?
- 647. Oh, honey, you need to sing.
That's so good.
- 648. That's beautiful.
- 649. Sometimes I sing.
- 650. It's fun to sing with
your song, but I don't
want people to listen to me.
- 651. Well, honey, I think people
would love to listen to you.
- 652. Would you sing a little
for your dad?
- 653. Right here
in the middle of the store?
- 654. Little bit.
- 655. You ready?
- 656. Okay.
- 657. Billy Beane was taken in the
first round of the amateur draft.
- 658. I think this is a steal,
to get Billy Beane.
- 659. He's young, he's talented.
- 660. A true five-tool player with speed.
This guy is a can't-miss prospect.
- 661. This is a great sign
for the New York Mets.
- 662. And it could be the turnaround
that they've been looking for.
- 663. Ball one.
- 664. I'll take Billy Beane
- 665. Billy Beane, an interesting pick,
turned down a scholarship.
- 666. He could've gone to Stanford.
- 667. Sometimes you don't find out
till you get to the big leagues...
- 668. Strike!
- 669. This guy has never failed
at anything. He's coming
out of high school.
- 670. Billy was gonna go to college.
He could've been a great
- 671. Strike three.
- 672. There's not an organization
- 673. who would not have taken
a chance on this young guy.
- 674. He didn't pan out.
That happens every year.
- 675. Some do, some don't.
- 676. I mean, if you're having
any doubt at all about this...
- 677. Having the scholarship...
- 678. Your son was born
with a God-given ability.
- 679. Few scouts can go into
the mind of a young man
- 680. and determine whether
he's really confident
about what he can do.
- 681. A very special player.
- 682. So you can sign him
based on his ability,
- 683. but then he's gotta be successful
to be confident.
- 684. And once he becomes confident,
that's when you've got something.
- 685. You make a decision
on what you see.
- 686. And if things don't pan out,
you move on.
- 687. That's baseball.
- 688. Many are called, few are chosen.
- 689. Billy, that is Kevin Youkilis.
That is the Greek God of Walks.
- 690. That's my hero.
- 691. That man gets walked
more than anybody in baseball
- 692. except for Barry Bonds.
- 693. I tried to convince Shapiro
to pick him up last June,
- 694. but he said he waddled
like a duck.
- 695. Yeah, Boston snagged him.
- 696. I think they wanna wait and see.
- 697. - Are you okay, Billy?
- 698. Can we talk?
- 699. Yeah. Yeah.
- 700. You're unhappy, Grady. Why?
- 701. Wow.
- 702. May I speak candidly?
Sure, go ahead.
- 703. Major League Baseball and its fans,
they're gonna be more than happy
- 704. to throw you and Google Boy
under the bus
- 705. if you keep doing
what you're doing.
- 706. You don't put a team together
with a computer.
- 707. No?
- 708. Baseball isn't just numbers.
It's not science.
- 709. If it was, anybody could do
what we're doing, but they can't.
- 710. They don't know what we know.
- 711. They don't have our experience
and our intuition.
- 712. Okay.
- 713. You got a kid in there that's got
a degree in economics from Yale.
- 714. You got a scout here with
29 years of baseball experience.
- 715. You're listening to the wrong one.
- 716. Now, there are intangibles that
only baseball people understand.
- 717. You're discounting what scouts
have done for 150 years?
- 718. Even yourself?
- 719. Adapt or die.
- 720. This is about you
and your shit, isn't it?
- 721. Twenty years ago,
some scout got it wrong.
- 722. Whoa. Okay. Okay.
Now you declare war on the system.
- 723. Okay, okay, my turn.
You don't have a crystal ball.
- 724. You can't look at a kid and predict
his future any more than I can.
- 725. I've sat at those kitchen tables
- 726. and listened to you tell parents,
"When I know, I know.
- 727. And when it comes
to your son, I know."
- 728. And you don't.
- 729. You don't.
- 730. Okay. I don't give a shit
- 731. this situation, or the past.
- 732. Major League Baseball
thinks the way I think.
You're not gonna win.
- 733. And I'll give you a nickel's worth
of free advice.
- 734. You're never gonna
get another job
- 735. after this catastrophic season
you're about to set us all up for.
- 736. You'll have to explain
to your kid
- 737. why you're working
at Dick's Sporting Goods.
- 738. I'm not gonna fire you, Grady.
- 739. Fuck you, Billy.
Now I will.
- 740. Good luck, Art.
- 741. Kubota.
You never played ball, right?
- 742. I played a little T-ball.
You're the new head scout.
- 743. Congratulations.
- 744. So Boston's gonna
wait and see?
- 745. Yeah.
- 746. Yeah.
It's just you and me, Pete.
- 747. And we're all in.
- 748. It sounds like you're apologizing
for what they're doing.
- 749. I'm not. I just don't know
what you're gonna do
- 750. with the budget that the A's have.
Who are you gonna get?
- 751. I'm looking
at the spring-training roster.
- 752. - You gotta be kidding me.
- How so?
- 753. He looked like a clown out there.
- 754. - Who?
- Chad Bradford.
- 755. Tell me about Bradford.
- 756. I like him a little bit,
but he's a specialist.
- 757. He's not a guy that you say,
"The eighth inning is yours,
- 758. lefties vs. Righties."
- 759. In my opinion.
- 760. I don't know what
Billy Beane and management
understands about him.
- 761. He only throws the ball
about 82, 83 miles an hour.
There must be something—
- 762. He is a freak, and not in a good way.
- 763. Let me ask you this.
- 764. Talking about
trying to win a division.
- 765. We're counting on David
to be the guy he was.
- 766. I have my doubts. He's gotten old.
- 767. That's why he's not in New York
anymore, not in Cleveland anymore.
- 768. We paid him
the money we should've
been giving to Johnny Damon.
- 769. - Hey.
- Jeremy Giambi.
- 770. That's the one to worry about.
- 771. He gets comps up and down Vegas
more than in Oakland.
- 772. That should tell you something
- 773. Isn't that the deal with these guys?
- 774. He has one good year.
- 775. And he gets a huge offer
and then he gets traded.
- 776. - Bob. Harder.
- 777. Good. Good.
- 778. Billy, we have to talk
- 779. - Go.
- There's just no feel for the spot.
- 780. I think it's a long shot that he can be
a big-league first baseman.
- 781. It's day one of the first week.
You can't judge this yet.
- 782. No, I think
we can judge it.
- 783. I mean, I like him, you know,
but I can judge him.
- 784. First base is
the moon to him.
- 785. It wasn't to Giambi.
Giambi's the worst
first baseman in baseball.
- 786. Gonna compare him to Giambi?
What are we talking about?
- 787. All right.
- 788. What do you think, Wash?
- 789. The nice way to say it
is he lacks confidence.
- 790. Well, give him some.
- 791. I'll do that, but we got Pena,
who can play first.
- 792. And he's looking
mighty good out there.
- 793. We wanna go with Hattie.
- 794. We got six weeks.
- 795. Get down in it.
- 796. There you go.
- 797. That's what I'm talking about.
- 798. It's only baseball.
- 799. This better work.
- 800. I'm just kidding you.
- 801. Let's go, Oakland!
- 802. Let's go, Oakland!
- 803. What is wrong with this thing?
It's a dollar, man.
- 804. What?
Welcome to Oakland, D.J.
- 805. Oh, you gotta be shitting me.
- 806. I think this year,
we're gonna show that
it takes a team to win,
- 807. not any individual guy,
just a team.
- 808. And I think we got
a hell of a ball club here.
- 809. Chad, are you intimidated
at all today?
- 810. I wouldn't say I'm intimidated, really.
I'm just really excited, like you said.
- 811. Jeremy, how's the team gonna fare
without your brother, Jason?
- 812. Well, you know,
the organization did a great job
- 813. of bringing in good young guys
to fill that role.
- 814. Let's face it,
they're getting a deal with you.
- 815. The Yankees are paying
Jason a lot of money.
- 816. You are coming here on a dime.
How does that make you feel?
- 817. I feel good. Um...
- 818. How are the nerves in your fingers?
- 819. Gotta start with the age,
36 years old.
- 820. How do you think
your body's gonna hold up?
- 821. You spend a lot of time
at strip clubs, partying.
- 822. Do you resent the attention
you get off the field?
- 823. I love it.
- 824. You spend a lot of time in Vegas.
- 825. I feel great. I did a lot of work to get—
Excuse me. Get out of my shot.
- 826. Sorry, go ahead.
- 827. There have been questions
about my age
- 828. and my declining skills, some say,
but I'm here to prove that wrong.
- 829. I asked if you were
- 830. Excuse me, Mr. Beane?
- 831. Hey, I'm not disturbing you, am I?
Not at all. What's up?
- 832. I wanted to say thank you
for this opportunity.
- 833. Well, we enjoy having you.
It's gonna work out well
for all of us.
- 834. I appreciate it, sir.
Nobody's ever given me
a chance like this before.
- 835. Nobody?
- 836. Well, just you, sir.
- 837. Well, it's a big day,
one you won't forget.
- 838. Appreciate it.
And I wanna let you know
- 839. I'm gonna be praying for you
and your family.
- 840. No problem.
- 841. Well, here we are just minutes away
from the season opener of 2002
- 842. for the Oakland A's.
- 843. The first pitch is moments away.
- 844. We'll come back
with the national anthem.
- 845. Opening day is upon us.
- 846. All right, fellas, smile.
Here we go.
- 847. I'm going in.
Text me the play-by-play.
- 848. What? Why?
- 849. I don't watch the games.
- 850. Detail, halt!
- 851. And forward face!
- 852. That's the third Ranger batter
to be hit today.
- 853. Twice Alex Rodriguez was nicked.
- 854. I should've made you a bigger part
of the conversation from day one.
- 855. It'd be clear what
we're trying to do.
- 856. That was my mistake, Art.
I take responsibility for that.
- 857. What are you trying to say?
- 858. Doesn't matter what moves
I make if you don't play the team
the way they're designed to be.
- 859. Billy, you're out of your depth.
- 860. Why not Hatteberg at first?
Because he can't play first.
- 861. How do you know?
Not my first baseball game.
- 862. Scott Hatteberg can't hit.
He gets on base.
- 863. Still keeps us in the plus column.
We need to be seven over.500.
- 864. What?
- 865. Anything else?
- 866. Yeah. I would've rather seen
Bradford in the end than Magnante.
- 867. Bradford's a righty.
- 868. I don't care about righty-lefty.
- 869. Could this be about your contract?
- 870. This is about you doing your job
and me doing mine.
- 871. Mine's me being left alone
- 872. to manage this team
you assembled for me.
- 873. I didn't assemble them for you, Art.
- 874. Good meeting.
- 875. Every time we talk,
- 876. I'm reinvigorated
by my love of the game.
- 877. We got Grady Fuson, former head
of scouting with the Athletics.
- 878. And, Grady, can you interpret for us
what's going on?
- 879. - They call it Moneyball.
- 880. Yes, and it was a nice theory,
and now it's just not working out.
- 881. Billy Beane has built this team
on the ideas of a guy, Bill James,
- 882. who wrote an interesting book
on baseball statistics.
- 883. The problem is that Bill James
never played, never managed.
- 884. He was in fact a security guard
at a pork-and-beans company.
- 885. Do you see this as a decimation
of the organization?
- 886. He bought a ticket on the Titanic.
- 887. Oh, boy.
- 888. He's tried to come up
with a new approach.
- 889. My hat's off to him. It won't work.
- 890. One-two pitch. Tejada strikes out.
- 891. And that is the game.
- 892. The Seattle Mariners
win both games on this series, Ray.
- 893. They've won 10 in a row.
Seattle is 13 and 3.
- 894. I can't watch this shit.
- 895. Go on the road with the team.
- 896. You don't go on the road
with the team.
- 897. That's why I want you to do it.
Why don't you?
- 898. I can't develop personal
relationships with these guys.
- 899. I gotta be able to trade them,
send them down,
- 900. sometimes cut them.
- 901. Which is something
you should learn to do,
by the way.
- 902. I would never have to
cut a player, unless you...
- 903. Oh, come on.
"Come on" what?
- 904. Let's practice.
- 905. Yeah. I'm a player.
You gotta cut me from the roster.
- 906. No.
- 907. What do you mean, no?
- 908. Do it.
This is stupid.
- 909. Part of the job, man.
- 910. Fine.
- 911. Billy, please have a seat.
I need to talk to you for a minute.
- 912. Go on.
- 913. You've been a huge part
of this team.
- 914. But sometimes you have to
make decisions for the team.
- 915. I'm sure you can understand.
- 916. You're cutting me?
I'm really sorry.
- 917. I just bought a house here.
- 918. Well...
- 919. Well, uh... Well...
- 920. "Well... Well..."?
That's all you got to say?
- 921. My kid just started
a new school.
- 922. They made friends.
- 923. You shouldn't pull them out
in the middle of the year.
- 924. You should wait.
What the hell are you talking about?
- 925. I don't know. I shouldn't have—
- 926. I'm not gonna do this.
I think this is stupid.
- 927. I'm not gonna fire anybody,
and this is dumb.
- 928. They're professional ballplayers.
Just be straight with them.
- 929. No fluff, just facts.
- 930. Pete, I gotta let you go.
Jack's office will handle the details.
- 931. That's it?
- 932. Really?
- 933. You rather get a bullet
to the head or five to the
chest and bleed to death?
- 934. Are those
my only two options?
- 935. Go on the road with the team.
- 936. Okay.
- 937. Say, bro.
- 938. Let me ask you a question.
- 939. How come your boss
doesn't travel with the team?
- 940. He doesn't like to mingle
with the players.
- 941. Is that supposed to
make us easier to cut?
- 942. I don't know. I don't know.
- 943. And how come soda
is a dollar in the clubhouse?
- 944. I never seen
nothing like that.
- 945. Billy likes to keep
the money on the field.
- 946. Soda money?
- 947. Really?
- 948. Where on the field is the
dollar I'm paying for soda?
- 949. It's hard to see exactly,
- 950. but it's there, yeah.
Yeah, it is hard to see.
- 951. I'm done.
- 952. Hey, Dad.
- 953. How are you?
- 954. Was it bumpy?
It was okay.
- 955. So with this loss tonight,
the Oakland Athletics
- 956. incredibly, have lost 14
of their last 17 games.
- 957. They are 10 games back
in the American League West.
- 958. Is it fair to say
the experiment has failed?
- 959. Well, absolutely. It was predictable.
- 960. You don't wish anybody
a lack of success, but the
facts are in front of you.
- 961. You can't blame Art Howe.
- 962. No.
- 963. The fact
of the matter is, this is not about
statistics, this is about people.
- 964. Art Howe is not the problem.
- 965. The problem is in the
general manager's office
with Billy Beane.
- 966. The root of the problem for me
- 967. I said it before.
This is fantasy baseball.
- 968. Billy is just not thinking.
- 969. Start thinking about a new GM,
- 970. He never goes to the games.
- 971. This was very predictable.
- 972. He needs to look at what's going on.
- 973. - The man needs to get real.
- I want Billy Beane gone.
- 974. Calling for Beane's head.
I want your thoughts.
- 975. The past 18 games, they've been
shut out or scored one run four times.
- 976. They're just not scoring enough.
- 977. It's not just the offense,
not Thad Bosley and the hitters.
- 978. It's everything. If there was one thing
you could pick out, you'd try to fix it,
- 979. but just everything is in a funk
- 980. What the hell am I doing?
- 981. Oh, man.
- 982. Look, Steve.
- 983. I believe in what
- 984. The record doesn't reflect
the strength of this team
- 985. or where we're gonna be
at the end of the season.
- 986. Now, Pete and I here feel
very strongly that we stay
on the track we've chosen.
- 987. Our sample size has
been too small. It's too—
- 988. Early. It's still early.
- 989. Where do we expect to be
by the All-Star break?
- 990. Our goal
and our expectation
- 991. is by mid-July to be within
seven games of first.
- 992. That would be
- 993. That keeps us in the hunt.
- 994. - By July.
- 995. And what's gonna prevent you
from accomplishing that?
- 996. What are you afraid of?
- 997. Nothing. That's why
we're here, Steve.
- 998. That's why we get up
in the morning.
That's all we do.
- 999. More?
Yeah, a little more.
- 1000. Don't tell your mother.
- 1001. Chocolate sauce?
- 1002. Stop.
- 1003. Big spoon or little spoon?
- 1004. Thank you.
- 1005. Dad, there's no way you're
gonna lose your job, right?
- 1006. What?
- 1007. Well, I don't know.
- 1008. I'm just wondering.
Where'd you hear that?
- 1009. Well, I go on the Internet
- 1010. Well, don't do that.
Don't go on the Internet.
- 1011. Or watch TV
or read newspapers
- 1012. or talk to people.
- 1013. I don't talk to people.
I just read stuff.
- 1014. Honey, everything's fine.
- 1015. Really, you don't have to worry.
- 1016. But if you lose your job,
will you have to move away?
- 1017. Honey, I'm not gonna
lose my job.
- 1018. You don't have to worry.
- 1019. Okay.
- 1020. There's no problem.
- 1021. All right? I got uptown problems,
which are not problems at all.
- 1022. You're not worried, right?
- 1023. No, I'm not worried.
- 1024. Pena.
- 1025. Okay.
- 1026. I want Dye in right,
- 1027. Justice DH'ing,
Pena on the bench,
- 1028. Hatteberg at first,
- 1029. and anyone but Mags
first out of the pen.
- 1030. You want Pena on the bench?
- 1031. That's right.
So you can play Hattie.
- 1032. Pena is not only
the best first baseman,
- 1033. he's the only first baseman.
- 1034. Hattie gets on base
more than Pena.
- 1035. In fact, 20 percent more.
And his fielding?
- 1036. His fielding does not matter.
- 1037. I've heard enough of this.
- 1038. And I, uh...
- 1039. I disagree with you,
plain and simple.
- 1040. And moreover,
I'm playing my team
- 1041. in a way that I can explain
in job interviews next winter.
- 1042. Okay? Ahem.
- 1043. Hattie. Not Pena.
- 1044. What's up, skip?
- 1045. How you doing?
Good, how you doing, man?
- 1046. Get some sleep
- 1047. As the A's hit the field,
we are ready for baseball.
- 1048. First one out of the dugout
is rookie sensation Carlos Pena,
- 1049. one of the few bright lights in this
lineup, taking his spot at first base.
- 1050. Billy, quick question.
Do you expect these guys
to produce more or—?
- 1051. Not now.
What's the reason for the slump?
- 1052. Get down.
- 1053. Is losing fun?
- 1054. Is losing fun?
- 1055. What are you having fun for?
- 1056. That's what losing
- 1057. Are you okay, Dad?
- 1058. You're doing it again.
- 1059. You're worrying about me.
- 1060. You're in last place, Dad.
- 1061. Do I look worried?
- 1062. Because you're getting
on an airplane, and those
things crash all the time.
- 1063. Please stop worrying
about your dad.
- 1064. We're all set.
- 1065. I love you.
Love you too.
- 1066. All right. Your dad's not in trouble.
- 1067. Okay.
- 1068. Yeah.
- 1069. - Suzanne, get me Ed Wade.
- 1070. Coffee on?
- 1071. Good morning.
Good morning, Billy.
- 1072. Oh, hi, Louisa.
- 1073. - I need Ed Wade for Billy Beane.
- 1074. Please hold.
- 1075. - What's up?
- Wade's on 2.
- 1076. - Ed?
- 1077. Ed, it's Billy.
Billy, what's up?
- 1078. Look, I need a little help on defense.
- 1079. I'm willing to trade
Jeremy Giambi for it.
- 1080. Really?
- 1081. Mm-hm. Who you got?
- 1082. Well, let me think.
What are you doing?
- 1083. Cleaning house.
- 1084. Mabry?
- 1085. No, Mabry.
- 1086. No.
- 1087. Because you can't trade
- 1088. He'll be fine, Ed.
- 1089. Why do I get the feeling
you're picking my pocket?
- 1090. I'm not. You're picking mine.
Giambi's name alone is worth more.
- 1091. What's wrong with him?
- 1092. Can we say it's done in theory
and start drawing up the paperwork?
- 1093. Okay, but you're gonna have—
- 1094. He was gonna
say something else.
- 1095. When you get the answer
you're looking for, hang up.
- 1096. - Suzanne.
- 1097. - David Dombrowski.
- 1098. And Pena's going too.
I don't think you should do that.
- 1099. I really don't think
you should do that.
- 1100. I want Hatteberg
in the lineup tonight.
- 1101. You need to take a minute.
- 1102. I think you seriously need
to think about what you're doing.
- 1103. Because you're upset.
- 1104. What am I missing?
- 1105. These are hard moves
to explain to people.
- 1106. Why is that a problem, Pete?
- 1107. Don't make
an emotional decision, Billy.
- 1108. David Dombrowski's on 3.
- 1109. Look, we're gonna
shake things up.
- 1110. Dave. Pena's going on the block.
You're my first call.
- 1111. Because he's making the rest
of the team look bad.
- 1112. He's gonna be
a Rookie of the Year.
- 1113. Probably an All-Star.
He's an All-Star, Dave.
- 1114. No. I want a reliever and cash.
- 1115. Okay. You got five minutes, Dave.
I'm not waiting.
- 1116. Billy, Pena is an All-Star, okay?
- 1117. And if you dump him and this
Hatteberg thing doesn't work out,
you know this is—
- 1118. This is the kind of decision
that gets you fired.
- 1119. It is.
- 1120. Yes, you're right.
- 1121. I may lose my job.
- 1122. In which case I'm a 44-year-old guy
with a high school diploma
- 1123. and a daughter
I'd like to be able to send to college.
- 1124. You're 25 years old,
with a degree from Yale
- 1125. and a pretty impressive
- 1126. I don't think
we're asking the right question.
- 1127. I think the question
we should be asking is,
- 1128. do you believe in this thing
- 1129. I do.
- 1130. It's a problem you think
we need to explain ourselves.
- 1131. Don't. To anyone.
- 1132. Okay.
- 1133. Now, I'm gonna see this thing
through, for better or worse.
- 1134. Just tell me, do you project we'll win
more with Hatteberg or Pena at first?
- 1135. It's close...
- 1136. but theoretically, Hatteberg.
- 1137. What are we talking about, then?
- 1138. Dombrowski's on again, on 3.
- 1139. Yeah?
- 1140. Okay, that'll work.
- 1141. Great. I need one more thing.
- 1142. Soda. Yeah, I don't want
my guys paying for soda.
- 1143. I want you to stock
my machine for three years.
- 1144. I'm serious.
- 1145. Great. It's a deal.
- 1146. Go tell Pena he's gotta pack.
- 1147. You want me to tell Pena?
Part of the job.
- 1148. What about Giambi?
You want me to tell him too?
- 1149. I'll tell him.
- 1150. Excuse me, Carlos?
- 1151. Can I speak with you a minute?
- 1152. Carlos, you've been
traded to the Tigers.
- 1153. This is Jay Palmer's number.
- 1154. He's the traveling secretary
for the team.
- 1155. He's expecting your call.
He'll take care of everything.
- 1156. Is that it?
- 1157. Okay.
- 1158. Okay.
- 1159. Art, you got a minute?
- 1160. Yeah. Take a seat.
- 1161. You can't start Pena at first tonight.
You'll have to start Hatteberg.
- 1162. I don't wanna go
15 rounds, Billy.
- 1163. The lineup card is mine,
and that's all.
- 1164. That lineup card is definitely yours.
- 1165. I'm just saying
you can't start Pena at first.
- 1166. Well...
- 1167. I am starting him at first.
- 1168. I don't think so.
He plays for Detroit now.
- 1169. You traded Pena?
- 1170. Yeah.
- 1171. And Menechino, Hiljus, Tam
are all being sent down.
- 1172. - You are outside your mind.
- Yeah. Cuckoo.
- 1173. You wanted to see me?
Yeah, Jeremy, grab a seat.
- 1174. Jeremy, you've been
traded to the Phillies.
- 1175. This is Ed Wade's number.
He's a good guy, the GM.
- 1176. He's expecting your call.
- 1177. Buddy will help you
with the plane flight.
- 1178. You're a good ballplayer,
- 1179. and we wish you the best.
- 1180. Jeremy's gone too.
- 1181. You're killing this team.
- 1182. Art, I can do this all day long.
- 1183. Hey.
- 1184. You agree with this?
- 1185. Hundred percent.
- 1186. You want this door closed?
- 1187. Scotty H.
- 1188. Go field some grounders.
- 1189. Everybody, listen up.
- 1190. You may not look
like a winning team...
- 1191. but you are one.
- 1192. So...
- 1193. play like one tonight.
- 1194. Oh, shit.
- 1195. When you're getting your pitch,
you're hitting.625, massive.
- 1196. You're crushing the ball.
- 1197. But when you swing at things—
Your pitch is middle-in.
- 1198. When you're
swinging low and away,
- 1199. Every at bat's
like a hand of blackjack.
- 1200. Every card that's dealt,
your odds change.
- 1201. So every first-pitch strike,
your batting average goes
down about 75 points.
- 1202. Seventy-five points.
- 1203. He should throw 100
pitches before the fifth.
- 1204. You wanna knock
that starter out.
- 1205. I want you taking at bats off the 10th
and 11th pitcher by the end.
- 1206. This is your basic breakdown
of the pitches,
- 1207. where you should
be hitting them, why.
- 1208. So you want us to walk more?
Good question. Yes.
- 1209. Mr. Justice.
- 1210. Had a few thoughts.
- 1211. Yeah.
Gonna teach me some things?
- 1212. Excuse me?
- 1213. Never seen a GM
talk to players like that.
- 1214. You never seen a GM
who was a player.
- 1215. Huh.
- 1216. We got a problem, David?
No, it's okay.
- 1217. I know your routine.
- 1218. It's patter. It's for effect.
- 1219. But it's for them, all right?
That shit ain't for me.
- 1220. Oh, you're special?
- 1221. You're paying me 7 million bucks
a year, man, so, yeah,
- 1222. maybe I am, a little bit.
- 1223. No, man,
I ain't paying you 7.
- 1224. Yankees are paying
half your salary.
- 1225. That's what the New York Yankees
think of you.
- 1226. They're paying you $3.5 million
to play against them.
- 1227. Where you going with this, Billy?
- 1228. David, you're 37.
- 1229. How about you and I be honest about
what each of us want out of this?
- 1230. I wanna milk the last ounce
of baseball you got in you.
- 1231. And you wanna stay in the show.
- 1232. Let's do that.
- 1233. I'm not paying you
for the player you used to be.
- 1234. I'm paying you for the player
you are right now.
- 1235. You're smart. You get what
we're trying to do here.
- 1236. Make an example
for the younger guys.
- 1237. Be a leader.
- 1238. Can you do that?
- 1239. All right. I got you.
- 1240. We're cool?
- 1241. We're cool.
- 1242. Scotty H.
- 1243. Yo, what's up, D.J.?
- 1244. How you liking
first base, man?
- 1245. It's coming along.
Picking it up.
- 1246. You know, tough transition,
but I'm starting to feel better with it.
- 1247. Yeah?
- 1248. What's your biggest fear?
- 1249. A baseball being hit
in my general direction.
- 1250. That's funny.
Seriously, what is it?
- 1251. No, seriously, that is.
- 1252. Well, hey, good luck with that.
- 1253. Be social out there.
- 1254. Social.
Social. Like a greeter at the Gap.
- 1255. Guy steps into your office,
chat him up.
- 1256. You're well-read.
You went to school.
- 1257. Yeah.
Have some fun. Relax.
- 1258. Everyone wants to attack.
Quit trying to attack.
- 1259. Let the game come to you, man.
There's no clock on this thing.
- 1260. This is a war of attrition.
- 1261. If I take more, I could
even take a few strikes,
but I'll get walked more.
- 1262. You get on base, we win.
You don't, we lose.
- 1263. And I hate losing,
Chavvie. I hate it.
- 1264. I hate losing more
than I even wanna win.
- 1265. And there's
- 1266. No bunts.
Bunts is an out.
- 1267. Even if the third baseman is back?
No bunting whatsoever.
- 1268. If someone bunts on us,
throw it to first.
- 1269. Don't be a hero
and go to second.
- 1270. Let them make the mistakes.
- 1271. When your enemy's
don't interrupt them.
- 1272. They're giving you an out.
Just giving it to you.
- 1273. Take it.
Say thank you.
- 1274. Another thing.
No more stealing.
- 1275. That's what I do,
what you pay me to do.
- 1276. I pay you to get on first,
not get thrown out at second.
- 1277. This is a process.
It's a process,
it's a process. Okay?
- 1278. Jason takes it, goes to second for
the only out, and the A's get a run.
- 1279. Jermaine Dye homers again,
his second in two games.
- 1280. And the A's are still hanging in.
We'll get you scores here.
- 1281. The A's pull within two of the
Angels for the wild-card chase.
- 1282. The Reds have now dropped
five in a row
- 1283. as Oakland beats them
in the beginning of this series 5 to 3.
- 1284. Tejada walks.
- 1285. Ball four.
- 1286. Ball four and Hatteberg walks.
- 1287. What is happening in Oakland?
The A's have won seven in a row.
- 1288. A lot of excitement.
What a winning streak.
- 1289. But how about the calming
influence of Art Howe?
- 1290. When you say "your source,"
if it's not me or Peter,
they don't know.
- 1291. He's managing
an unorthodox team.
- 1292. Right.
It's not a perfect roster.
- 1293. But right now, Art Howe is
the reason this team is winning.
- 1294. He deserves the credit.
Great, thanks. Bye.
- 1295. Did you hear that?
- 1296. I heard "seven in a row."
You get the Cleveland matchups?
- 1297. Yeah, right here.
- 1298. Voos.
- 1299. That smell is getting worse.
I'm on it.
- 1300. What are we doing?
Splitting it in half?
- 1301. Both sides of the plate.
- 1302. Huddy. Mix it up.
- 1303. Trust your slider, yeah?
- 1304. You guys quit distracting him.
- 1305. You couldn't hit that shit
last night with a paddle.
- 1306. You gotta see more pitches.
- 1307. All right, Billy.
- 1308. Hey, David.
- 1309. Great at bats.
- 1310. Really quality.
- 1311. Base hit to right field.
- 1312. Chavez coming in.
The ball gets past Guiel.
- 1313. The A's, from 5-nothing down,
now lead 6 to 5.
- 1314. The Oakland A's are completely
out of hand at the moment.
- 1315. They are an AL-best 17 and 4
- 1316. They also took back-to-back series
at Boston and at New York.
- 1317. Remember when they traded
Jeremy Giambi in June
- 1318. and everyone thought
they'd just given up?
- 1319. Actually, not so much.
- 1320. Suzanne, get Shapiro on the phone.
- 1321. You thinking Rincon?
His season's done. He's lost faith.
- 1322. I think he's gonna dump him.
- 1323. Shapiro on 2.
- 1324. Mark, Billy. Let's be honest.
- 1325. A premier setup man
isn't gonna get you closer
to the play-offs.
- 1326. Are you referring to Rincon?
- 1327. He's a luxury
you can't afford, man.
- 1328. And you can?
There's half a million
on his contract.
- 1329. And we've got
at least one other suitor.
- 1330. By "at least one," you mean one.
- 1331. Who is it?
I'd rather not say.
- 1332. San Francisco.
- 1333. I'll call you back.
- 1334. What do you think
we can get for Magnante?
- 1335. Nothing.
- 1336. What's left on Venafro's contract?
- 1337. Suzanne,
get me Sabean on the line.
- 1338. Get the Giants interested
in Venafro, Mark's only got
one buyer for Rincon.
- 1339. - Us.
- On 3.
- 1340. Saby-Sabster, it's Billy.
What do you think of Venafro?
- 1341. I can let you have him
for almost nothing.
- 1342. Why would you do that?
Because I'm amazing.
- 1343. I want a couple bucks
and a sweetener.
- 1344. Throw in, say...
- 1345. Anderson.
- 1346. I like Anderson.
No, you don't. Nobody likes him.
- 1347. I don't know why I'm doing this.
But let's do it.
- 1348. Venafro for Michaelson. Anderson.
I don't know his name.
- 1349. I'll think about it.
Think about it and call me back.
- 1350. Get Shapiro on.
- 1351. Shapiro's on 2.
- 1352. Mark.
You can't afford him, Billy.
- 1353. You sure about that?
- 1354. I get the impression
the market for Rincon is softening.
- 1355. Huh?
I could be wrong,
- 1356. but I'd call whoever's
- 1357. and see if they're still interested.
Call me back.
- 1358. What about the Mets for Venafro?
You offered him to the Giants.
- 1359. Suzanne, Steve Phillips.
- 1360. Between Bonds, Kent, Nen, Snow,
San Francisco's never gonna do it.
- 1361. Totally agree.
We just need them to cool on Rincon.
- 1362. Phillips on 2.
Steve-o, it's Billy.
- 1363. I hear you're looking for a reliever.
I can give you Venafro.
- 1364. - I can make it quick and easy.
- What's the angle?
- 1365. No angle.
Who am I getting fleeced for?
- 1366. Hang on a sec.
Uh, Bennett, maybe?
- 1367. How old?
- 1368. Twenty-six, Double-A? Forget it.
- 1369. Duncan, no.
- 1370. No. Furbush, no.
- 1371. Eckerton? Eckerton? Eckerton.
- 1372. Eckerton.
- 1373. I like Eckerton.
You don't even know who Eckerton is.
- 1374. Is Venafro hurt?
No, he's fine, he's fine.
- 1375. It's just an issue for us.
- 1376. Last couple times, he got hammered.
Not his fault.
- 1377. That was us. We misused him.
- 1378. I'm almost done.
- 1379. Look, Steve-o,
let me be straight with you.
- 1380. Here's the deal.
I'm getting Rincon.
It's a done deal.
- 1381. I heard the Giants—
Giants want Venafro for Michaelson.
- 1382. Anderson.
I'd rather deal with you.
- 1383. You can give me Eckerton
and $225,000 in cash,
- 1384. and the Giants can't.
- 1385. I'll think about it.
Think about it.
- 1386. But whoever calls me back first
- 1387. Schott hung up.
- 1388. Oh, I want this one.
- 1389. Why isn't anybody calling?
- 1390. Shapiro's on 2.
- 1391. Yeah?
- 1392. Okay, let me talk to my owner.
I'll call you back.
- 1393. Get Steve on the phone.
Schott or Phillips?
- 1394. Why would we call Phillips?
Phillips has gotta call us.
- 1395. Tell him I'm on the other line.
- 1396. Hi, Mr. Schott, it's Peter Brand.
I apologize for putting you on hold.
- 1397. Billy asked me to call you back.
Tell him we want 225,000 for Rincon.
- 1398. Billy says he needs $225,000
for Ricardo Rincon.
- 1399. Please.
- 1400. Yes, I added the "please"
at the end.
- 1401. Okay. Let me—
Hold on one second, please.
- 1402. Tell him I'll pay for him.
- 1403. But when I sell him back for
twice the amount next year,
I keep the money.
- 1404. Okay, so Billy says
he'll pay for Rincon himself.
- 1405. But when he sells him
for more money next year,
he's keeping the profit.
- 1406. Thank you very much.
We'll call you back. Thank you.
- 1407. Come on. Come on.
- 1408. Suzanne, call Shapiro ba—
Never mind, I got him right here.
- 1409. Mark. Yeah.
- 1410. Listen, I don't want Rincon
pitching against me tonight.
- 1411. Tell him to change clothes
and send him over.
I got you the money.
- 1412. Yup.
- 1413. Great.
- 1414. I don't wanna dampen
the mood at all, but since
we picked up Rincon...
- 1415. We gotta send someone down.
- 1416. Mags.
- 1417. I know I've been struggling lately.
- 1418. But second half of the season,
definitely turn it around. Ricky and I—
- 1419. Mike, I need you
to stop getting dressed.
- 1420. Traded?
- 1421. I'm sorry for the crap news.
- 1422. I know it hurts.
- 1423. Mike, I can't have 26 guys
in the clubhouse.
- 1424. I get it. I get it.
- 1425. Okay. Thanks.
- 1426. Hey, Ricardo.
- 1427. This must be a bit
of a shock, I guess.
- 1428. Mabry hits one
deep to right-center field.
- 1429. Racing back, Fick can't get it.
- 1430. It bounces to the wall.
One run is in. Two runs are in.
- 1431. Mabry, on one pitch,
has shot the A's in front.
- 1432. Strike three called.
Twelve straight wins
for the Athletics.
- 1433. Man alive, was it hairy.
- 1434. Something strange is now
happening in Oakland.
- 1435. - You cannot argue that point.
- Twelve straight.
- 1436. They're making a joke
out of the American League.
- 1437. They were in Detroit today—
- He throws to first.
- 1438. And that's the sound
of 14 straight victories.
- 1439. Fourteen, the longest run
- 1440. It has slingshot the A's into first
in the AL West. A nice streak.
- 1441. This team was written off.
- 1442. How do you explain, otherwise,
the victories they've come up with?
- 1443. The Oakland A's are gonna win
16 consecutive games.
- 1444. This is the longest win streak
in baseball, folks, in 25 years.
- 1445. The A's have won 16 in a row.
- 1446. We're going to 20!
We're going to 20!
- 1447. To have a winning streak of
this duration, you have to be good,
- 1448. but there's an element
of randomness to it.
- 1449. The 1927 Yankees, Ruth, Gehrig,
- 1450. Murderers' Row, some people
still say the best team ever.
- 1451. Longest winning streak
for them that year? Nine.
- 1452. You guys try to analyze it
from a numbers standpoint.
- 1453. I'm telling you, there is
no explanation for what's
occurring right now.
- 1454. Do you have superstitions going on?
- 1455. Do you do things
so you keep the streak alive?
- 1456. The all-time record of 20
does not seem impossible anymore.
- 1457. The A's were on page one
of the New York Times.
- 1458. They are the story in sports
in this entire country.
- 1459. Two-two pitch, here it is.
- 1460. Swing and a miss! Struck him out!
- 1461. It's taken 71 years.
- 1462. The Oakland A's
have tied the Philadelphia A's.
- 1463. The all-time franchise record
- 1464. and baseball's longest
winning streak since 1953.
- 1465. The A's are two wins away from
tying the American League record.
- 1466. It's gone! It's gone! Tejada wins it!
Do you believe it?
- 1467. Eighteen wins in a row!
- 1468. You could replay these 18 games
a hundred times over.
- 1469. And nobody wins
18 straight again.
- 1470. It defies everything we know
- 1471. The most amazing thing
you could imagine
- 1472. happened over the last four days
at the Coliseum.
- 1473. Tejada, up the middle.
The A's have won 19 in a row!
- 1474. The 1906 White Sox,
- 1475. the 1947 New York Yankees
- 1476. Nineteen in a row.
- 1477. The A's have a date with destiny.
- 1478. They're going for the all-time
American League record,
- 1479. 20 games in a row.
- 1480. We're going to 20!
We're gonna take the AL record
to 20, baby!
- 1481. Don't tell me the score, Pete.
- 1482. No, Billy, it's me.
- 1483. Sharon?
- 1484. You have a second?
Yeah, what's up?
- 1485. Well, I didn't actually
expect you to pick up.
- 1486. I was gonna leave a message.
- 1487. Um, Casey and I, we're here
and watching the game at home.
- 1488. And I just wanted to say...
- 1489. you did good, Billy.
- 1490. We're really proud of you.
- 1491. I appreciate it, Sharon.
- 1492. Thank you.
- 1493. Okay.
- 1494. Oh, Casey wants to talk to you.
- 1495. Are you on your way
to the stadium?
- 1496. No, I'm on my way to Visalia
to see our minor-league team.
- 1497. Turn around, please, Dad.
No way, Jose.
- 1498. Turn around. Come on, Dad.
Nope. Not gonna happen.
- 1499. You're not gonna jinx it.
- 1500. I'll talk to you later, sweetheart.
I love you.
- 1501. Shit.
- 1502. One out here in the fourth,
and if you're just joining us,
- 1503. you missed a lot.
- 1504. And the pitch to Raul Ibanez.
- 1505. I think my recap will be simple.
- 1506. The A's scored six in the first,
one in the second, four in the third.
- 1507. And people would be shocked
if you just did that. Heh-heh-heh.
- 1508. Eleven to nothing, the A's do lead.
- 1509. Shit.
Foul off the foot of Ibanez...
- 1510. Let's go, Oakland!
- 1511. Let's go, Oakland!
- 1512. Now batting, number 2,
catcher, Brent Mayne.
- 1513. - Oakland!
- Here we go, Oakland!
- 1514. Two.
- 1515. Safe.
- 1516. Now batting,
- 1517. number 18,
left fielder Raul Ibanez.
- 1518. Safe.
- 1519. And the A's now lead
by a score of 11 to 3.
- 1520. A nice cushion,
but you don't wanna give teams life
- 1521. and let them wedge their way
back in, even when you're—
- 1522. Nobody out, the bases loaded.
- 1523. And Art Howe on the way to the
mound to make a pitching change.
- 1524. And this game is still in a state
- 1525. where it could get out of control
for the Athletics.
- 1526. We're all told at some point we can
no longer play the children's game.
- 1527. We just don't know
when that's gonna be.
- 1528. Some of us are told at 18,
some of us are told at 40,
but we're all told.
- 1529. Mike Sweeney with runners
at first and third.
- 1530. It's an 11-to-7 game,
the A's in front.
- 1531. Tam peering in for the sign.
- 1532. Two out. Runners at first and third.
- 1533. And the 3-2 delivery.
- 1534. It's weird, Billy.
- 1535. You wanna give up baseball
to become a scout?
- 1536. I'm not a baseball player.
- 1537. Are you sure this is what you want?
- 1538. The crowd is roaring.
Koch is ready. One-two pitch.
- 1539. Alicea puts it in play,
a looper to left field for a base hit.
- 1540. Around third, tearing for the plate,
here comes the tying run.
- 1541. Sliding safe.
And the ball game is tied at 11-all.
- 1542. Holy Toledo.
- 1543. The A's have blown
an 11 -to-nothing lead.
- 1544. This is the specter of a development
that has been lurking now
- 1545. ever since the five-run fourth inning
by the Royals.
- 1546. And the A's date with destiny
is on hold right now.
- 1547. Hatteberg. Hattie.
- 1548. Grab a bat.
You're hitting for Byrnesy.
- 1549. Come on, let's go.
Get yourself loose.
- 1550. Hitting for Eric Byrnes,
- 1551. number 10, Scott Hatteberg.
- 1552. In your typical A's fashion.
They want a base runner here.
- 1553. Scott Hatteberg is so adept
at drawing walks.
- 1554. He's looking for Hatteberg
to get on base,
- 1555. maybe bring in a pinch runner.
- 1556. Let's go, Oakland!
- 1557. Let's go, Oakland!
- 1558. That one is gone!
- 1559. And it's 20 consecutive victories
for the Oakland Athletics
- 1560. on an unbelievable night
- 1561. when they lost
an 11 -to-nothing lead
- 1562. and now they win it.
- 1563. The crowd comes back
to insane life.
- 1564. How do you explain it?
- 1565. Crazy. Just plain crazy.
- 1566. Hatteberg is mobbed
at home plate.
- 1567. In 103 years
of American League baseball,
- 1568. the Athletics have accomplished
what no one has before.
- 1569. They have won
20 consecutive games.
- 1570. It's hard not to be romantic
- 1571. This kind of thing,
it's fun for the fans.
- 1572. It sells tickets and hot dogs.
- 1573. Doesn't mean anything.
- 1574. Billy, we just won
20 games in a row.
- 1575. And what's the point?
- 1576. We just got the record.
- 1577. Man, I've been doing this for...
- 1578. Listen, man.
- 1579. I've been in this game
a long time.
- 1580. I'm not in it for a record,
I'll tell you that.
- 1581. I'm not in it for a ring.
- 1582. That's when
people get hurt.
- 1583. If we don't win the last game
of the Series,
- 1584. they'll dismiss us.
- 1585. Billy—
I know these guys.
- 1586. I know the way they think,
and they will erase us.
- 1587. And everything
we've done here,
- 1588. none of it'll matter.
- 1589. Any other team wins
the World Series, good for them.
- 1590. They're drinking champagne,
they get a ring.
- 1591. But if we win,
- 1592. on our budget, with this team...
- 1593. we'll have changed the game.
- 1594. And that's what I want.
- 1595. I want it to mean something.
- 1596. The A's going to the play-offs
with the West Division title.
- 1597. Forgive the A's
if they're not celebrating.
- 1598. They have been here before,
- 1599. when Oakland went up two games
to none on the Yanks in the ALDS,
- 1600. and went nowhere
after losing three straight.
- 1601. With a win today over the Twins,
Oakland moves into the ALCS
- 1602. for the first time since 1992.
- 1603. But remember one thing.
- 1604. Percentages hold up over a season,
but for one game, one at bat,
- 1605. throw the percentages
out the window.
- 1606. What the Minnesota Twins exposed
is the fact that the Oakland A's
- 1607. were fundamentally
not a sound baseball team.
- 1608. They had a flawed concept that
started with the general manager
- 1609. and the brain trust thinking
they could reinvent baseball.
- 1610. You can't approach baseball
- 1611. from a statistical,
bean-counting point of view.
- 1612. It's won on the field
with fundamental play.
- 1613. You have to steal, you have to bunt,
you have to sacrifice.
- 1614. You gotta get men
in scoring position,
and you gotta bring them in.
- 1615. And you don't do that
with a bunch of statistical gimmicks.
- 1616. Nobody reinvents this game.
- 1617. Yeah.
- 1618. Due respect to the Coliseum,
but this is a ballpark.
- 1619. Yes, it is.
- 1620. We're gonna have
some lunch in a little bit.
- 1621. Why don't I have
some coffee sent up?
- 1622. Denise?
- 1623. Thank you, Denise.
- 1624. Thanks.
- 1625. You know, it's her birthday
and I need to get her a present,
- 1626. but she's usually the one
that does that for me.
- 1627. So do you
have any ideas?
- 1628. Scarf.
- 1629. You mean like wool?
- 1630. No, I meant what women wear with...
You know, decorative.
- 1631. Ah. And where would
I get something like that?
- 1632. No disrespect, I just lost in five
for the second year in a row.
- 1633. Get her a bowling ball
for all I care.
- 1634. Right.
- 1635. Well, Steve told me
he's offering you a new contract.
- 1636. Yes.
- 1637. So why did you return my call?
- 1638. Because it's the Red Sox.
- 1639. Because I believe science
might offer an answer to
the Curse of the Bambino.
- 1640. Because I hear you hired Bill James.
- 1641. You know, why someone took so long
to hire that guy is beyond me.
- 1642. Well, baseball hates him.
- 1643. Well, baseball can hate him,
- 1644. One of the great things about money
is that it buys a lot of things,
- 1645. one of which is the luxury
to disregard what baseball likes,
- 1646. doesn't like, what baseball thinks,
- 1647. Ah. Sounds nice.
- 1648. Well...
- 1649. I was grateful for the call.
- 1650. You were grateful?
- 1651. For 41 million,
you built a play-off team.
- 1652. You lost Damon, Giambi,
- 1653. and you won more games
without them than you did
- 1654. You won the exact same number
of games that the Yankees won,
- 1655. but the Yankees spent
1.4 million per win,
- 1656. and you paid 260,000.
- 1657. I know you're taking it in the teeth,
but the first guy through the wall,
- 1658. he always gets bloody.
- 1659. Always. This is threatening
not just a way of doing business,
- 1660. but in their minds,
it's threatening the game.
- 1661. Really, what it's threatening
is their livelihood, their jobs.
- 1662. It's threatening the way
that they do things.
- 1663. Every time that happens,
- 1664. whether it's a government,
a way of doing business, whatever,
- 1665. the people
who are holding the reins,
- 1666. they have their hands
on the switch,
- 1667. they go batshit crazy.
- 1668. I mean, anybody who's not
tearing their team down right now
- 1669. and rebuilding it
using your model,
- 1670. they're dinosaurs.
- 1671. They'll be sitting on their ass
on the sofa in October
- 1672. watching the Boston Red Sox
win the World Series.
- 1673. What's this?
- 1674. I want you to be
my general manager.
That's my offer.
- 1675. Heads up.
- 1676. What was that?
- 1677. Sorry. I don't know.
What the hell was that?
- 1678. You knucklehead.
- 1679. How was Boston?
- 1680. Impressive.
- 1681. Did Henry make you
a good offer, at least?
- 1682. Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter.
What was it? What was it?
- 1683. Doesn't matter.
What was it?
- 1684. That makes you
the highest-paid GM
in the history of sports.
- 1685. So?
- 1686. So what?
- 1687. I made one decision in my life
based on money.
- 1688. And I swore
I would never do it again.
- 1689. You're not doing it
for the money.
- 1690. No?
- 1691. You're doing it
for what the money says.
- 1692. And it says what it says to any
player that makes big money.
- 1693. That they're worth it.
- 1694. What a dump.
- 1695. I really wanted to win here.
- 1696. I really did.
- 1697. I think you won pretty big, Billy.
- 1698. Pete, we lost.
- 1699. We lost.
- 1700. It's only been a few days.
Give yourself some time
to get over it.
- 1701. Man, I don't
get over these things.
- 1702. Ever.
- 1703. Come with me to the video room.
I wanna show you something.
- 1704. No, man,
I'm not up for film right now.
- 1705. Come on. Seriously.
- 1706. Come on, Billy.
- 1707. The Visalia Oaks
- 1708. and our 240-pound catcher,
- 1709. who, as you know,
is scared to run to second base.
- 1710. This was in a game six weeks ago.
- 1711. This guy's gonna start
with a fastball.
- 1712. Jeremy's gonna take him
to deep center.
- 1713. Here's what's interesting,
- 1714. because Jeremy's gonna do
what he never does.
- 1715. He's gonna go for it.
- 1716. He's gonna round first
and he's gonna go for it.
- 1717. Okay?
- 1718. This is all of Jeremy's
nightmares coming to life.
- 1719. Aw, they're laughing at him.
And Jeremy's about to find out why.
- 1720. Jeremy's about to realize
- 1721. that the ball went 60 feet
over the fence.
- 1722. He hit a home run
and didn't even realize it.
- 1723. How can you not be romantic
- 1724. It's a metaphor.
I know it's a metaphor.
- 1725. Okay.
- 1726. Pete, you're a good egg.
- 1727. I'll call you.
- 1728. Hey, Dad, this is the song
I told you I'd record.
- 1729. Please don't show it
to anyone else.
- 1730. Let me know if you change
your mind and stay in California.
- 1731. If not, you're a really great dad.