Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Long hair in the big leagues

I was pretty impressed the other day when I glanced at the front Sports page of the Seattle Times and saw they'd published an article on hair.

Yup, columnist Larry Stone pontificates on how this year's Mariners team have shown up for Spring Training looking like: "The Titans of Tress. The Monsters of Mane. The Leviathans of Locks."

Pitchers in particular, Stone points out, can make sly use of their long hair.

"Certainly, the Mariners had an outlier in the button-down 1990s when Randy Johnson used his wild locks as part of a calculated mask of intimidation," Stone writes. And, a little further on:

For a pitcher, there might be a tactical advantage to having hair that whips back and forth, Willow Smith style, during delivery. One anonymous ballplayer told the Bergen Record last year that he was distracted by deGrom’s cascading hair.

“You can’t not look at it,” he said. “It’s everywhere. It bothers me when I’m trying to pick up the ball out of his hand. All I see is hair.”
Check out the full story here.

The Seattle Times also did a poll to learn what readers think on the subject. The results are in:

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