On Cinco de Mayo–the Mexican celebration of their forces’ unlikely win over the French in the Battle of Puebla on this date in 1862–
Major League Baseball did not take to any league-wide celebrations as is done on Jackie Robinson Day, Independence Day, and September 11.
But just because the head honchos didn’t mandate each team to wear off-colored jerseys with the team’s nickname plastered across the chest in Spanish, there was nothing to hold back those players passionately influenced by the cultural movement of Cinco de Mayo.
Let’s take a look at which players celebrated Cinco de Mayo this season by arriving at the ballpark, playing baseball, and leaving donning a sombrero, whether it be the regular, value menu sombrero (three strikeouts), the golden sombrero (four strikeouts), or the platinum sombrero (five whiffs).
Daniel Nava (BOS): 0-4, 3 SO
Stephen Drew (BOS): 1-4, 3 SO
Chris Parmelee (MIN): 0-3, 3 SO, 1 BB, 1 R
Oswaldo Arcia (MIN): 1-4, 3 SO
Tyler Moore (WAS): 1-4, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3 RBI
David Freese (STL) (!!!!!): 0-5 (!!), 3 SO, 6 LOB (!!!), retribution for Shaun Marcum’s hung changeups.
Dexter Fowler (COL): 0-5, 3 SO
Jason Castro (HOU): 0-3, 3 SO, 1 BB, #Verlanderd
AJ Pierzynski: 0-4, 4 SO
Congratulations! Nobody sucked that much today!