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For the hundreds of Major League free agents eager to land new deals this offseason, remember this: money does not buy you happiness.
Just ask Billy Beane or Facebook’s own Mark Zuckerberg (portrayed above by Jesse Eisenberg).
There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really happening, and this leads people who run Major League Baseball teams [capitol Major League Baseball?] to misjudge their players and mismanage their teams. 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 runs.
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 … I see an an imperfect understanding of where where runs come from. The guy’s got a great glove; he’s a decent leadoff hitter, he can steal bases. But is he worth the seven and a half million dollars a year that the Boston Red Sox are paying him?
Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. … I think it’s a good thing you got Damon off of your payroll. I think it opens up all kind of interesting possibilities.
- Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, Moneyball