Happy Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo (“The Fifth of May” in Spanish) is primarily a regional, and not a federal, holiday in Mexico; the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Why then is Billy Beane making a mockery of this special day by using Jack Cust in the DH role instead of his Mexican darling dear Erubiel Durazo?
It was only 3 years ago that Durazo finished 23rd in MVP voting. Although Cust has slammed 199 minor league home runs, he has only played 70 major league games (despite battling nagging injuries). For a team like Oakland with playoff aspirations, I feel that Beane should go with the proven veteran who is spicing up the Mexican League with an OPS of 1.136.