Yesterday, I finally got around to watching the movie Moneyball, which is the story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who used baseball statistics instead of scouting reports to assemble a winning baseball team despite a limited payroll. I found the movie fascinating, because I love baseball statistics, and Beane’s character (played by Brad Pitt) was a first-class lesson in leadership. Beane made a lot of people angry because of this unconventional methodology in filling the A’s roster in 2002 with lesser-known players whose underlying stats showed things that the scouts had missed. The team went 103-59 that year and set a league record with 20 straight wins at one point.
At any rate, near the end of the movie Beane’s character makes the following observation, which immediately made me thing of Donald Trump and how his candidacy has so upset the existing political establishment in Washington:
I know you are taking it in the teeth, but the first guy through the wall…he always gets bloody, always. This is threatening not just a way of doing business. In their minds, it’s threatening the game. Really, what it’s threatening is their livelihood, their jobs. It’s threatening the way they do things. And every time that happens, whether it’s the government, a way of doing business, whatever, the people who are holding the reins — they have their hands on the switch — they go bats**t crazy.