A hilarious Moneyball meme that got started on baseball Twitter has evolved and is now being used for other sports like hockey, basketball and football.
It tells the story of Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt in the film), the general manager of the Oakland A’s, who works with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), to find undervalued players using statistical analysis and turn the small market Athletics into World Series contenders on a very tight budget.
In the film, there is a scene where Jonah Hill, as Brand, explains to Brad Pitt, as Beane, using his big white board of statistic computations, what he believes are the actual value of several players the A’s are considering acquiring.
The line in the scene that is now being used for this ever-growing meme goes like this: “Billy, this is Chad Bradford. He’s a relief pitcher. He is one of the most undervalued players in baseball. His defect is that he throws funny.”
A scene from the 2011 film Moneyball has gained new life as a funny meme in 2022
Now, for some completely unexplainable reason, despite Moneyball coming out in 2011, this very specific scene is back and being used as a meme to describe any number of not only baseball players, but basketball, hockey and football players as well. God love the internet.
Billy, this is Harrison Bader. He’s an incredibly talented defensive center fielder. His defect is he’s in a walking boot and we traded a solid SP for him even though he can’t pitch. pic.twitter.com/lCqJIHvskB
— Josh Conrad (@josh_conrad) August 3, 2022
Billy, this is Joey Gallo. When he’s on, he’s one of the best power hitters in all of baseball.
— MyLASports (@My_LASports) August 3, 2022
Billy, this is Andrew Benintendi. He's an outfielder with a .387 On Base Percentage. His defect is that he cannot legally enter Canada. pic.twitter.com/NWeK12HMNy
— Typhoon (Training Arc) (@PurpleTornado2) July 28, 2022
Billy this is Marcell Ozuna. He’s an OF/DH. He’s one of the best hitters in baseball. His only defect is that he can’t hit, run, or field. pic.twitter.com/EfCUq83mhB
— Rj Smith (@rjsmith_01) July 31, 2022
Pretty funny, right? Well, the Moneyball meme is now bleeding into other sports and pop culture references.
"Billy, this is Andrew Mangiapane. He is an absolutely underrated player who can contribute on both ends as an easy top-6 winger. His defect is that he's short. This guy should cost us $10m a year. We can extend him for $5.8m" pic.twitter.com/3zywAQdtn7
— Jared Goff Truther (@skraxxy) August 5, 2022
Billy, this is Motherwell F.C.
Currently 19/2 on Ladbrokes for
them to finish bottom this year.
Their defect is that they’re currently
utter pish & been scudded home
and away off a part time Irish side.
This bet might not be the best in
Scottish league but in all of Football. pic.twitter.com/fbmmrd2fVb
— Kev “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲” Murray (@KevMurray01) July 28, 2022
Billy, this is JoJo Siwa. She is one of the most underrated players in baseball. Her only defect is that she won’t stop dancing. pic.twitter.com/8NpOPpzmmo
— Moneyball Memes 💰⚾️ (@MoneyballMemes) August 2, 2022
Billy, this is Kyler Murray. He's an outfielder. He is one of the most undervalued players in baseball. His defect is that he doesn't watch film and is really good at Call of Duty. https://t.co/XfqjFukZm7
— Richard Reach (@RichieReach) August 5, 2022
Billy, this is 豊昇龍 智勝. He’s a sumo wrestler. He has Ōzeki potential. His defect is that no one knows the last letter of his name. pic.twitter.com/RByQqHFnQR
— Hammer (@VikingGiraffe) August 4, 2022
There really is no limit to what it can be used for, as you can see.
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