The St. Louis Cardinals
and Texas Rangers
, the two teams the 2011 World Series
, are definitely not big-market teams like the New York Yankees.
Both teams spend roughly half of what the Yankees spend on player salaries.
In fact, the two teams with the highest salaries, the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies (combined almost $400 million annually or twice as much as the combined Cardinals and Rangers payroll), didn’t get past the first round of the playoffs.
Surely proof that money doesn’t always buy a winner, one of the "truths" made evident by Moneyball
What is true is that it’s not about throwing money at what you’re building but how well that money is used.
It’s not about amount or size, it’s about being "smart" and finding the right solution.
The same can be said for our homes.
The last few decades have seen the size of the average American home increase significantly.
Before 2008 it was not uncommon to see whole developments with 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot houses sprout up in the suburbs.
In the process, the little things stopped mattering.
But in recent years an approach, like that used in Moneyball
, has given us a renewed interest in a home that isn’t just about size.
As articulated by bestselling author Sarah Susanka
, a house that’s big and bland is less preferable to a home that’s small and rich in character.
What we want in our homes, like in what they wanted for those Oakland A's in Moneyball
, is that elusive quality of "just right." Not too big nor too small; not too expensive nor too cheap — we want smart design that enables us to live the life we want to live in a sustainable and enriching way.