I was inspired by Katerina Gasset's post, Moneyball- What's Not To Like About Baseball and Brad Pitt? , so I couldn't wait to go see the movie this afternoon. That and the fact that my husband would've killed me if I hadn't gone. He was a real jock "in the day," and played pro ball briefly in the early 60s.
Now Brad Pitt is quite "easy on the eyes" as they say, but the person he portrayed, Billy Beane, must've been quite a character. He turned down a scholarship to Stanford to go pro at age 18, and hopes were high that he'd succeed - no, excel - at the sport. He learned several important lessons: that if he playing only for the money, he would fail; that success and hype do not overcome fear and negative self-talk; and that there's romance in baseball (and not referring to the boy-girl kind - for that see Bull Durham or any number of other baseball movies).
But what struck me was the awareness that money "talks" when you're putting together a team, and lack of money can be seen as the kiss of death. But analysis of players' strengths - however strange they may seem - can allow even a team strapped by a less-than-limitless budget to rise to the top.
Billy Beane of the Oakland A's put his faith in a Yale-economics major-computer-analytics genius played by Jonah Hill. He knew he was right to do this - but also knew that though it theoretically should work, in practice it might not. It could change how baseball teams were put together. It would threaten the status quo.
Isn't that just what the new wave is in real estate? Take information, analyze it, put it together in ways that clients can understand, and communicate it through the latest forms of communication available? Aren't the best real estate blogs out there doing just that, and hasn't ActiveRain given us a great forum to share what we're doing and how we're doing it, not to mention sharing the information itself?
I think so. See the movie if you haven't - it won't disappoint!