“There are rich teams and there are poor teams,” Billy Bean (Pitt) declares to a room full of wrinkly, hearing-aided Oakland Athletics scouts, “then there is fifty feet of crap, and then there is us. It’s an unfair game.” As the General Manager of the team that just lost its three best players, and is operating with the lowest spending budget in the Major Leagues, Bean is faced with the problem of building a championship team with relatively no money. Though he is not yet sure how, he realizes that they must “evolve or die” in this dog-eat-dog world of professional baseball. Just when everything (including his job) seems lost, Bean inadvertently stumbles across a potential solution to his problem in the timid form of Peter Brand (Hill), an awkward, bulky young man and recent grad of Yale in economics. “Baseball thinking is medieval,” Hill’s character tells Pitt on their first paradigm-shifting meeting. “There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really happening…. What I see is an imperfect understanding of where runs come from.” A new way of looking at and interpreting player statistics is the key to building a successful program. Under this impetus, Bean and his new advisor, the Rasputin of Ratios, set out to redefine the value system that has built up around the game of baseball during the last 100 years.