Well, I figured I'd get through another chapter or so before falling asleep but I couldn't put it down for the last 100 pages. I can't believe I finished it in 3 days (I absolutely despise reading, thanks to the crap that I'm commanded to read for school) but I think I found something that I can really get into.
I found the talk about JP Ricchardi late in the book very shocking. He said one of the happiest days he had was when Cashman called him and said the Yankees wanted Mondesi. He cut the payroll from like 95 million to 55 million or something, and couldn't believe anyone was dumb enough to take him.
What's funny is, I remember the exact day the Yankees got Mondesi, and I was listening to WFAN New York, and they were BUTCHERING the Blue Jays for the deal. They couldn't understand why the Jays would trade a well-known former All-Star outfielder like Mondesi for some crap Double-A prospect.
Now I see the Yankees were the ones who got severely screwed. Amazing how at the time some of these deals were made (Mondesi trade, Lilly-Weaver trade, Cliff Floyd trade) I had a completely different view on them. It was very cool to see what the opposite general manger(s) were thinking when making the deals happen. Crazy how guys like Beane and Ricchardi decieved everyone, including me, the fan, into thinking they were idiots, but in reality were making out like bandits.
Beane gets alot of credit in this book, some of which I don't agree with, and some things that he does just make me scratch my head, but this was a great read. I'm very glad I decided to get it. It's especially satisfying for me, because I have somewhat of an aspiration to look into pursuing this type of career. I wasn't familiar with sabermetrics or this way of building a team, but the book kind of opened my eyes to it. I give it a