The fact that Daric Barton started his career as an Oakland Athletics player in 2007, not only means he is approaching the big turn around the age of 30 but also means he is the longest tenured Athletics player currently on the roster. Because that is so, some might wonder why they haven’t heard more from him over the years. The reason is that he hasn’t always been a staple in the starting lineup. As a matter of fact he has never even made it onto a postseason roster.
That all changes this season. The very season where he was designated for assignment two separate times is the same season when he will finally see himself outfitted with the Oakland A’s in the postseason. The way he has played since his last recall at the end of August speaks for itself. He is batting over .300 with 2 homers and 7 RBI for about the last month of games. For a player that isn’t an everyday roster player, that is impressive. It is impressive enough to get him a spot this season.
What is so great about this story is that his never-say-die and never quit attitude is what led him to stick around all this time. The GM likes him, the organization as a whole likes him, therefore he is just one of those likeable underdog stories that we all like to cheer for. It is fitting then that he is the longest tenured A’s player on this roster and only now getting a postseason shot. He mirrors the fighting spirit and underdog attitude that makes the Athletics famous and successful. He was born to play for this team, no wonder they like him so much.