By Michael Lewis
Moneyball by Michael Lewis is about a General manager named Billy Beane who loses
Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi, and Jason Isringhausen who were the heart of the franchise. Billy Beane had to deal with the fact that the Oakland Athletics don't have a lot of money, they had the lowest amount of money. Billy Beane meets a young kid named Peter Brand and Billy buys him from a team and throughout the year Peter helps Billy with picking up players that can produce the same numbers as the players they lost and not have to spend even half the amount they would've in order to keep those 3 key players they lost. all the fans thought Billy Beane was a joke during the season when they sucked and something magical happened and it was called Moneyball.
Why I liked this book
I liked this book because I love baseball and what Billy Beane and Peter Brand did was just shocking, and it proved that even though Billy knew he didn't have the money to get all the big star players that he was still going to try and make a team that fans would want to go out and watch. It just proves that baseball cant be scripted.
Peter Brand: Okay, people who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your run. You're trying to replace Johnny Damon. The Boston Red Sox see Johnny Damon and they see a star who's worth seven and a half million dollars a year. When I see Johnny Damon, what I see is...is an imperfect understanding of where runs come from. The guy's got a great glove, he's a decent lead off hitter, he can steal bases. But is he worth the seven and a half million dollars a year the Boston Red Sox are paying him? No! No! Baseball thinking is medieval, they are asking all the wrong questions and if I say it to anybody I'm...I'm ostracized. I'm a rebel, so that's why I'm...I'm cagey about this with you, that's why I respect you Mr. Beane and if you want full disclosure, I think it's a good thing you got Damon off of your payroll. I think it opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities.
Billy Beane: I'm not gonna fire you, Grady.
Grady Fuson: Fuck you, Billy!
Billy Beane: Now I will.