Joe Peta – Author of Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball
I’m not even going to butter you up this time, trust me – you would rather just dive in. You’ll understand once I give you a little background on our guest for this weeks episode, Joe Peta. A few years ago, Joe was sitting high on the hog as an extremely successful Wall Street trader. He was living the dream. He had a great gig, he was making solid coin, and he had a great family to go home to every night. Then one lazy Sunday afternoon, Joe steps out onto a not-so-busy New York City street and WHAM – plowed over by an ambulance. Now, I know what you’re thinking, so let me just get it out of the way. No – the ambulance was not on a call, it just made the turn a little carelessly. And yes, Joe was in the crosswalk.
Joe would make it out of the accident without any life threatening injuries, but his pelvis was shattered and walking again was not a certainty. As Joe recovered over the next year, he spent a lot of time laid up on the couch. It was during this time that he rekindled his love of baseball. Determined to make chicken soup out of chicken shit, Joe put his analytical mind to the game of baseball and came up with a numerical model that would predict the outcome of each game. I don’t want to spoil the story…but Joe’s model kicked ass. He ended up moving to Vegas for the 2012 baseball season to put his money where his model was to see if he could beat the odds. Joe then chronicled his adventures in his brand new book Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order). Tune in this week as we talk with Joe Peta about his wild ride.