The long and difficult winter that much of the United States faced is gone, and with its departure comes warmer weather, the promise of renewal, and, of course, baseball season. Both idealistic views on America’s pastime and cynical notions of performance-enhancing drug scandal aside, the fact is that millions across the country will be taking themselves and their families, friends, and coworkers out to the ball park this year. Last season, 74 million pro baseball tickets were sold in the United States, which means one for every 4.3 people in the entire country.
Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5 (as the name suggests), commemorates the Battle of Puebla, Mexico when 2,000 poorly equipped Mexican soldiers crushed 6,000 of the well-armed invading French army. However, Cinco de Mayo is not a major national holiday in Mexico, which reserves its big celebrations for Independence Day on September 16, but is extremely popular in the US. Americans toast that ragtag Mexican army using margaritas and Corona beers with a wedge of lime. This year, however, Cinco de Mayo drinks may lose some of their zest due to a shortage of limes.