"It wouldn't have crossed my mind. Billy was a five-tool guy. He had it all." (9)
Billy Beane's Average: Junior Year - .500 Senior Year - .300
Progress Report #3: Theme by Dan Miller
Theme Development #2
"Let's talk about Jeremy Brown" (33)
"Jeremy Brown is a bad body catcher" (33)
The theme in this novel is that there is more than meets the eye. Throughout the novel multiple examples are given of how Billy Beane shows people that there is more to something than originally perceived. In the end, Billy is the one to get the last laugh.
Theme Development #3
"At any rate, by the beginning of the 2002 season, the Oakland A's, by winning so much with so little, had become something of an embarrassment to Bud Selig and, by extension, Major League Baseball." (123)
The first time in the novel that the theme is presented is when the scout was talking about Billy. As the quote states, he did not care about the stats, only the eye test. The problem with that is the fact that scouts thought Billy would easily figure it out. They never looked past what they saw talent wise to see that Billy never had the mental capacity to make it far.
"In all of Major League Baseball only the New York Yankees won as many games as the Oakland A's" (270)
The second time that the themes is presented is when Billy and an older scout are talking about Jeremy Brown. Jeremy Brown is an example of the theme because even though he was a bad body catcher, he led the SEC in walks. Which means he got on base, increasing the chance to score. Everyone else looked at him and made the decision that he was bad, not Billy Beane.
To the eye test, at the beginning of the 2002 season, they were supposed to be awful. There was a team in Oakland that could contend. They might not have passed the eye test, but they could win games.
The A's winning the same amount of games as the Yankees proves the theme throughout the novel. People doubted everything Billy Beane did, but they did not see past what they saw. They did not see a work of poetry put together in an attempt to stay competitive with the big boys. Billy Beane has been viewed wrong his whole life, this is just one more example.