PHOENIX -- General managers throughout Major League Baseball have budgets, organizational mandates and short- and long-term strategies to pursue. But 29 of those executives aren't about to be portrayed by Brad Pitt in a movie based on a New York Times best-seller. If Billy Beane goes out and signs a player for the Oakland Athletics, he can't just be signing a player, can he? It has to be part of some cosmic, far-flung strategy that's going to revolutionize the industry. Doesn't it?