Larry: Now, did I just hear you say the word “sabermetrics”?
Charlie: Familiar with it?
Larry: The “money ball” craze? Oh, yes, I’m familiar with it.
Charlie: I take it you don’t approve.
Larry: Well, the notion that human achievement on a baseball diamond can be predicted through the application of statistical analysis is, at it’s very core, highly problematic.
Charlie: Even if the skill can be statistically measured?
Larry: Yes, because, Charles, the human spirit is immeasurable. You know, our brains aren’t just these machines. There’s a lot of either-or going on here. Yes, statistical probability is a wonderful tool, but applied to human performance, it’s only an extrapolation of the past.
Charlie: Still there are a number of baseball teams that use sabermetrics to determine who to pay.
Larry: As a Dodger fan, I’m all too painfully aware of that fact, but I’m also aware that in a statistical model, the Red Sox never beat the Yankees.
Charlie: Ah, there are exceptions to every rule.
Larry: Yes, and aren’t they glorious?
Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) and Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) (NUMB3RS 1x11 Sacrifice)