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Monday, June 25, 2018

CUT4: Alex Bregman shaved his mustache between at-bats because personal grooming is very important

Alex knows how to exploit the latest market inefficiency.

After the game, Bregman’s teammate Gerrit Cole had some thoughts, as passed along by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

“After the game? During? I had no idea. I don’t pay attention to Alex’s shaving habits in the middle of the game. I did like the mustache, I thought it played. It was Jeff Kent-esque. It was on top of his lip when he stabbed that soft liner in the first inning, which got us out of a jam. Personally, I’m a fan of the ‘stache, but I guess it’s been sent down. It’s been DFA’d. We’ll wait until it comes back.”

Stormy JE Posted: June 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex bregman, astros, market inefficiency, shaving

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5699338)
Why are folks buying the mid-game shaving ruse, rather than investigating the brazen kidnapping of the real Alex Bregman?
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 25, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5699389)
I did like the mustache, I thought it played. It was Jeff Kent-esque.
I had exactly the same reaction re: Kent, but it was not a positive thing.
   3. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 25, 2018 at 05:56 PM (#5699405)
We've long talked about Moustache Over Replacement Player as a key hall of fame metric, and I'm not sure if this is a plus or a negative.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: June 25, 2018 at 06:20 PM (#5699420)
about 20 years ago, I attended a wedding in Rochester, NY.

midway through the reception, I decided - just for the hell of it - to shave off my goatee (hey, it was the 1990s, just go with it). I had a room in the hotel where the reception was held, so it was easy.

I hadn't seen the bride and at least a dozen other guests in a decade or so. given that and the fact that the champagne started kicking in with lightweight guests, it produced the desired confusion.

better still is that I have a twin brother who doesn't resemble me at all. since he couldn't make it, several befuddled people came up to me and addressed me by my brother's name. good times.

ok, in retrospect it was kind of dopey. harmless, though
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2018 at 07:56 PM (#5699470)
#4 sounds like an attempt by Howie to increase the chances of his getting laid. Probably can sell the screenplay with a bit of effort.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 25, 2018 at 08:03 PM (#5699474)
Probably can sell the screenplay with a bit of effort.
Assuming he's a vampire and the wedding parties are all superheroes.
   7. Stormy JE Posted: June 26, 2018 at 09:43 AM (#5699685)
#4 sounds like an attempt by Howie to increase the chances of his getting laid.
Heck, it sounds like Howie was trying to soil the couple's honeymoon.
   8. Batman Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:25 AM (#5699726)
Why are folks buying the mid-game shaving ruse, rather than investigating the brazen kidnapping of the real Alex Bregman?
Remember a few days ago when everybody thought it was real cute that Ichiro appeared in the dugout with a fake mustache? One person asked if that was actually Ichiro's evil twin. That one person was Alex Bregman.
   9. Batman Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:26 AM (#5699729)
I sometimes do what Howie did, except with my pants instead of a goatee.

Or so I'm told the next day.
   10. Booey Posted: June 26, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5699887)
#4 sounds like an attempt by Howie to increase the chances of his getting laid.


It can have the opposite effect if you make a dumb joke about it to the wrong person. Years back, I went out with a girl a few times while sporting some scruff (me, not her). Then one day I came over clean shaven. When she commented that I looked like a totally different person, I said, "Yeah, the scruffy guy is my twin brother. We like to trade places sometimes so we get twice as many dates." I expected a, "Ha ha. Very funny," or something to that effect, but apparently she took me completely seriously and went off about how messed up that is, and how sick we were, etc, etc. After getting over my shock at her rant, I sheepishly said, "Um...that was a joke. I shaved."
   11. BDC Posted: June 26, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5699912)
Since this seems to be the shaving thread … are double-edged safety-razor blades extinct as a mass-market item? You can of course still get them easily online, and at higher-end specialty shops. But since I started shaving again recently, after many years with a beard (not mid-inning or mid-reception or between second and third dates, sorry), I have noticed that nearly nothing is available in stores except the various cartridge systems. There is only one company whose blades are widely sold in Texas (Van Hagen), and even then it's hit or miss whether a given store will have them.

Just interesting because, for all the technical advances in so many areas of life, shaving is still pretty basic. I don't think anything has ever seriously improved on the safety razor, though of course those cartridge razors can be fine.
   12. Booey Posted: June 26, 2018 at 02:16 PM (#5699915)
I don't think anything has ever seriously improved on the safety razor


Electric shavers with the adjustable clipper settings.
   13. dlf Posted: June 26, 2018 at 02:50 PM (#5699961)
I shaved my beard between my first and second dates with my now wife. She said she wasn't sure who it was kissing her when she came to the door to pick me up. She also told me she didn't like my face; I started growing the beard back immediately. I've shaved it off two more times in the 25 years since then. The first time, my eldest was 4. She screamed and wouldn't let me pick her up. The next time was when my youngest was 14. She laughed at me. I quit.
   14. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 26, 2018 at 03:05 PM (#5699975)
I sometimes do what Howie did, except with my pants instead of a goatee.

Or so I'm told the next day.


You ... shave your pants?
   15. QLE Posted: June 26, 2018 at 03:26 PM (#5699993)
I've known many the pair of pants that could use a good shave, truth be told......
   16. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: June 26, 2018 at 03:39 PM (#5700005)
@11, you can buy them at walmart and walgreens. They have a deal to carry the brand endorsed by the bald guy from Pawn Stars. It’s a solid enough razor.

Also, I agree with you, my facial hair is dark and rough enough that if I don’t shave really close I just look like any other person who skipped a day of shaving. The modern stuff and electrics just don’t get the job done.
   17. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 26, 2018 at 04:03 PM (#5700038)
I've known many the pair of pants that could use a good shave, truth be told......


Smitty*, please report to the thread.
   18. Sunday silence Posted: June 26, 2018 at 04:20 PM (#5700051)
guys who dont like electric shavers: i assume you've tried Norelcos? they are much better than Remingtons and whats the other Schick? I have a very tough beard but the Norelco is fine for everyday use.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 26, 2018 at 05:11 PM (#5700083)
After getting over my shock at her rant, I sheepishly said, "Um...that was a joke. I shaved."
I don't think you were the one who should have been sheepish in that scenario.

I shaved my beard between my first and second dates with my now wife. She said she wasn't sure who it was kissing her when she came to the door to pick me up. She also told me she didn't like my face; I started growing the beard back immediately.
Not sure I would have been that optimistic about the third date at that point. I'm glad it worked out.
   20. Booey Posted: June 26, 2018 at 05:30 PM (#5700092)
After getting over my shock at her rant, I sheepishly said, "Um...that was a joke. I shaved."

I don't think you were the one who should have been sheepish in that scenario.


Yeah, she seemed a little embarrassed after that. Or at least that's what my twin brother told me after "my" next date with her! :-D

(j/k)
   21. BDC Posted: June 26, 2018 at 05:35 PM (#5700095)
the brand endorsed by the bald guy from Pawn Stars

Micro Touch, if Google is accurate. I will see if I can find those. I may just be in the wrong part of the country. In any event, the days when you could get six major brands of double-edged blades at any drugstore are gone.

I need to shave every day, though my beard is perfectly white at this point, and being a pretty white guy to start with, it is not highly visible :) I was always among the youngest people in a group years ago, so I grew a beard when so I would look older. Now I am always among the oldest, and shave so that I'll look younger. Vanity …
   22. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 26, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5700100)
I've had a goatee for something like 15 years (though I grew a full beard for maybe a couple of those years). I'd probably look younger if I shaved it, especially since it's almost solid white (as are my sideburns), but I'm afraid of how many chins I might find under there ...
   23. Walt Davis Posted: June 26, 2018 at 06:06 PM (#5700110)
Just interesting because, for all the technical advances in so many areas of life, shaving is still pretty basic

Nonsense! We've added one blade for every decade I've been alive. If current trends continue, the 6-blade disposable will be released soon.

And surely somebody's come up with a shaver that talks to your phone via a special app to remind you to shave, let you know it needs charging, etc.

My new AV receiver comes with a privacy policy and my rear derailleur has access to my phone's contacts so surely a shaver needs access to your location at all times so that it can access local temperature/humidity data to determine the precise level of stubble for max comfort.
   24. dlf Posted: June 26, 2018 at 06:10 PM (#5700113)
I've had a goatee for something like 15 years (though I grew a full beard for maybe a couple of those years). I'd probably look younger if I shaved it, especially since it's almost solid white (as are my sideburns), but I'm afraid of how many chins I might find under there ...


So if you shave, you'll only look like you are 72? :)

When can we get you and your graying goatee over here for a game at WFF or one of the MiLB parks that surround Atlanta?
   25. BDC Posted: June 26, 2018 at 07:15 PM (#5700143)
We've added one blade for every decade I've been alive

I remember, when two-bladed razors came out, there was a Saturday Night Live parody commercial about a three-blade razor, solemnly informing the audience that three blades shaved incredibly close. Shortly thereafter it would become inexplicable, when three blades became standard and then inadequate.
   26. Smitty* Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:34 PM (#5700292)
You rang?

Don’t you hate pants? And shaving pants? And when pants hijack a perfectly good shaving thread?

   27. GregD Posted: June 26, 2018 at 11:03 PM (#5700319)
#### Everything We’re Doing Five Blades

Ed:
Nanny killing the Link so This
   28. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 28, 2018 at 07:11 AM (#5701302)
the youngest people in a group years ago, so I grew a beard when so I would look older. Now I am always among the oldest, and shave so that I'll look younger. Vanity …


I first grew a beard in the fall of 1976, for a show I was in (a bad production of a mediocre play, sadly) and found that my skin improved dramatically and my face didn't hurt anymore. I'd always had trouble with ingrown hairs on my neck, and that problem totally disappeared.

I shaved the beard early in 1981 (decided I should get headshots both with and without the beard; went to a photographer, had her do a set of photos with beard, shaved, continued session without). My wife was kinda freaked out; even though I had been clean-shaven when we first met, she'd really gotten used to the beard. Well, I kept it off for a couple of months, but got sick of shaving and let it grow back. My face has not been seen since.

And the world is a better place.
   29. The Honorable Ardo Posted: June 28, 2018 at 09:41 AM (#5701357)
Someone should tell Craig Kimbrel that personal grooming is very important. It looks like a small animal is nesting in his beard.
   30. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 28, 2018 at 09:54 AM (#5701371)
When can we get you and your graying goatee over here for a game at WFF or one of the MiLB parks that surround Atlanta?


Any time after next week, basically. As it happens, I have the week of July 9 off, but with any kind of advance notice I can almost always schedule a couple of days away from the office.
   31. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 28, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5701387)
One of the many ways I'm slowly turning into my father is the facial hair thing. I first grew a beard shortly after college, and other than a couple of times when I was professionally compelled to get rid of it, I've had it ever since. Varying lengths, usually pretty short. Sometimes just sideburns and scruff. But always there. These days, most offices probably wouldn't even make me shave it off, now that I think of it, but it hasn't been an issue in a long time.

I've seen my dad without his moustache exactly once, about ten years ago, when he shaved it off for one day and immediately began growing it back. My main impression is that it immediately became clear how much my younger brother looks like him, which I'd never noticed before.

Anyway. I'm careful my beard never gets to unkempt and never looks gross, though I'm also not a person who sculpts his facial hair with any regularity. Occasionally I accidentally use the wrong extension on the clippers and I look almost clean-shaven. I just feel like I look like a weird, overgrown baby without my facial hair. Especially now that so much of it is silver, which you can't tell if I cut it off.
   32. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 28, 2018 at 10:27 AM (#5701409)
Back in the late '80s in Little Rock, our City Hall reporter & subsequent beat (as in City Hall, cops, courts, not Kerouac, Corso, Ginsberg) wore a beard & could've almost passed for Lenin. After he shaved it off, he was a virtual double for Wallace Shawn.
   33. dlf Posted: June 28, 2018 at 12:49 PM (#5701551)
Any time after next week, basically. As it happens, I have the week of July 9 off, but with any kind of advance notice I can almost always schedule a couple of days away from the office.


Can you find the old thread and bump it? I'm hopeless in doing so. That may be an easier way to get ahold of the other ATL folks. I have no travel scheduled until mid-August so anytime we can bend elbows, preferably at one of the parks ...
   34. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 28, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5701571)
I'll give it a shot.
   35. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 28, 2018 at 01:02 PM (#5701576)
Done!

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