Moneyball

The “new normal.” It’s a term I have been hearing a bunch lately.  It seems the planet is in a time of transition and the old ways just aren’t working.  In so many areas people are looking for a better, more creative way to reach their goals.  The movie “Moneyball” explores how this concept was applied by Billy Bean, General Manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s.

Billy Bean, played by Brad Pitt, has to find a new way to do things.  The salary that he has available to retain and attract great players is three times less than a large market team like the New York Yankees.  After some success, his three best players, Johnnie Damon, Jason Giambi and Jason Isringhausen are all lured away by other teams who can offer bigger salaries.  Billy knows they need to do things differently.  Here’s what he tells his staff of coaches, scouts and managers.

The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game…  We got to think differently.

Not everyone is on board with Billy’s vision.  Most of his staff doesn’t want to think differently.  They have no vision.  But soon Billy’s path will cross with a kid who just graduated from Yale with an Economics degree, played by Jonah Hill.

And, well, you’ll have to see the movie to see new normal they create.

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