It's hard not to be romantic about baseball. —Billy Beane, general manager, Oakland A's
Billy Beane is speaking about himself in Moneyball when he says that, but he could also be talking about the fans. Baseball isn't just baseball, we've been told a million times. It's a connection to childhood memories, it's the pure joy of a night at the ballpark, it's the best of America (as James Earl Jones reminds us in his baseball monologue in Field of Dreams), and on and on and on.