Moneyball Part 2

Chris Pratt as Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball

On Monday, we left off talking about Moneyball.  If you missed it, you can read it here.  Before we go any further, I must apologize for my lack of sports knowledge…Brad Pitt’s character is actually Billy BeanE, not to be confused with Bean.  Many thanks to the Kelsey family for keeping me up-to-speed on all things sports.  Love you guys! 

So, yesterday we looked at how Billy Beane wasn’t afraid to step out and take a risk, even though many people went against him and were expecting him to fail.  Today, I want to talk about my other favorite theme that emerged in the movie: where others saw failures, Billy saw potential. 

In order to finance his team for only $40 million, Billy had to be creative.  So he scoured rosters for players that other teams had let go.  Even if they seemed too old, looked funny when the pitched, or were permanently injured, Billy offered them a second chance.  Where others saw failures, Billy saw unlimited potential.  

My favorite example of this was Scott Hatteberg (played by Chris Pratt from Parks & Rec).  Scott was formerly a catcher until he injured his arm and was unable to throw very well.  Scott thought his career was over until Billy comes to his house one night and offers him the chance to play first base.  All of a sudden, someone believed in him, and Scott was back in the game!  Scott went on to hit the home run that secured their 20th win in their historic winning streak and played baseball for seven more years.  He now works for Billy Beane with the A’s.

I love stories where the underdog pulls through, because in a way, don’t we all have a little underdog in us?  On our own, we’re limited, weak, and lacking vision, but we have a Coach who sees unlimited potential in each one of us.  Even when we feel old, washed up, and useless, when God breathes His life into our dry and weary bones, the possibilities are endless!

Be ready, be willing, and be moldable, because our God has not given up on us; our God has plansBIG plans for each one of us—are you ready?

“I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live…Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”
Ezekiel 37:5-6

“Get yourself ready!… Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land…They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 1:17-19



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