In 2002, after a spectacular season, the Oakland A’s lose in the playoffs to a team with a far worse record, the Minnesota Twins. The A’s loss in the playoffs is a symbol of the randomness and unpredictability of the game of baseball. Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta try to minimize the role of luck in their sport, but they can’t get rid of it altogether.
The 2002 Playoffs Quotes in Moneyball
"I made one decision based on money in my life—when I signed with the Mets rather than go to Stanford—and I promised I'd never do it again." After that, Billy confined himself to the usual blather about personal reasons. None of what he said was terribly rational or "objective"—but then, neither was he. Within a week, he was back to scheming how to get the Oakland A’s back to the playoffs, and Paul DePodesta was back to being on his side.