The success of Billy Beane‘s Moneyball has been well documented. There has been a major Hollywood movie, a book and many guys trying to copy his formula. He has been given a lot of credit for making the Oakland Athletics a playoff contender with a limited budget and having them compete almost yearly. If there is one criticism of Moneyball, it is that he has yet to bring a World Series to Oakland.
The Athletics have had some tough luck when it comes to the postseason. If not for Derek Jeter throwing Jeremy Giambi out at the plate, Oakland may have already won that elusive title for Beane. From 2000 to 2003, they lost the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS and then again last season.
This team has been really close to winning it all with many different rosters. They continue to build on a formula that has been proven to be effective, but still hasn’t paid off. Beane needs this title to prove that he is the best at what he does. In 2013, to remove that label as a regular season champion, he needs this group to win him a World Series. The same group that made it to the ALDS last year when they were predicted to finish in last place before they were defeated by the Detriot Tigers.
For the city of Oakland, they need this World Series to get momentum for a stadium deal. The Athletics are still negotiating with the city of San Jose, and if there is a stadium deal approved, the Athletics may be leaving the city for good.
More than anything, a World Series title would validate the last 16 years. The trading away of young pitchers like Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Dan Haren and Joe Blanton and replacing them with younger and just as talented pitchers. The letting big named free agents walk out the door and replacing them with minor leaguers and low-priced veterans. The belief in drafting college players that will be ready soon instead of high school players who will take a long time to develop. All of these beliefs will immediately become validated and the norm around baseball if the Athletics win it all this year.