There’s a mantra in Oakland and most of the fanbase had given up on it this year, while few of us asked the naysayers for patience. That mantra is “In Billy We Trust.”
“In Billy We Trust” refers to the Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane. Since the 2014 July 31st trade deadline, Beane had been in the gutter with the majority of the Oakland fan base. They cried when he traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for ace left-hander Jon Lester. They were outraged when he traded away Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects.
It was all down hill for “In Billy We Trust” once 2014 All-Stars Derek Norris, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija were all traded to the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, respectively.
Still there were some who believed. Why would Beane sign designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year $30 million deal if he were just planning on tearing the team apart and rebuilding?
That was the first thing that didn’t make sense and, of course, there should have been the silent support that Billy had a plan based on his track record.
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