Saturday, March 17, 2012

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March 2012 Movie Review

   
Moneyball
This is truly a top “fightin’ analyst” movie.  Last weekend I finally saw the movie Moneyball.  If you’re looking for the embodiment of the message I try to communicate on this blog, this is the movie.  If experience has taught me right, the book should be good, so I anticipate reading a copy soon.  If you’re looking for an inspiring movie based on analysis and numbers and reinventing business models, this is it.  Real life Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta (movie character name Peter Brand) are professional baseballs original fightin’ analysts.

Here’s one of my favorite lines from the movie (John Henry of the Boston Red Sox speaking with Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics):

“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 Yankees won, but the Yankees 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 of 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 go bat s**t crazy.  I mean, anybody who's not building a team right and rebuilding it using your model, they're dinosaurs.  They'll be sitting on their a** on the sofa in October, watching the Boston Red Sox win the World Series.”
The Fightin' Analyst Movie Rating:

out of five stars