With the likes of the Nats and Red Sox, baseball is mostly becoming a beard sport. In the Orioles’ case, the trend hasn’t grown on them. But that doesn’t mean facial hair is completely out of the question.
Davis appeared in Monday night’s game sporting a mustache. Adam Jones quickly christened it “The State Trooper.”
“I was pushing the limits for a while with, I guess, the 5 o’clock shadow beard, if you want to call it that,” Davis said after the game. “I didn’t want to completely shave, and I was looking for something to kind of loosen everybody up, maybe something to get us going.”
In baseball — and especially in mid-August baseball for a team that’s looking for every possible means to stay alive in the playoff race– every tweak of personal habit is taken as a potential difference-maker on the field. Davis only reinforced this notion by blasting his 30th home run of the year. And, by the way, the O’s beat the Mariners 3-2.
With the success, Davis said it looks like the lip tickler “will be around for a while.” The question is, will the rest of the dugout follow and let the whiskers run free?