"When data acquire the significance of language, they acquire the power to do all of the things which language can do--to become drama, poetry. It is not just [facts] that these numbers, through a fractured mirror, describe. It is character. It is psychology, it is history, power, grace, glory, consistency, sacrifice, courage, success and failure, frustration and bad luck, it is ambition, it is overreaching, it is discipline. And it is victory and defeat, the one and the zero, which is all the idiot sub-conscious really understands."
--Bill James, quoted in "Moneyball"Read More