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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Davey Johnson says he won’t shave until Nationals start hitting

House of Davey, natch.

Davey Johnson says he’s giving up his razor until the Washington Nationals find their bats.

The manager apologized for his scraggly appearance before Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he said it had a purpose.

“If my facial hair looks bad,’’ he said, “I decided I wouldn’t shave until we started hitting.’‘

The Nationals began the day batting .225, second worst average in the majors. They are a popular favorite to make the World Series, but they were just one game over .500 entering the three-game series against the Phillies. They just returned from a West Coast road trip that included a four-game losing streak, the team’s sixth shutout loss of the season, Bryce Harper’s head-first collision with a wall and a broken hand for Ryan Mattheus after he punched his locker following a rough outing.

While defense, relief pitching and intangibles have cost the Nationals, the lack of hitting has been the most glaring weakness this season. Only two teams have scored fewer than Washington’s 159 runs.

“I figured I couldn’t get any uglier, so what the heck,’’ Johnson said. “Hopefully I can shave soon. I’ve never had a rally goatee. I’m not hairy enough to get one. Now it’s gray, you can’t hardly see it unless you get these close-ups that I get after the game, so I apologize. You can’t change the shape of a watermelon anyway.

“I’ll be like everybody else around here. Maybe I can change the luck.’‘

Repoz Posted: May 25, 2013 at 08:14 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 25, 2013 at 08:21 AM (#4451920)
Relax, Davey. Have a snowcone.
   2. bobm Posted: May 25, 2013 at 09:01 AM (#4451927)
Terry Collins announced he, too, won’t shave until the Mets start hitting. With some padding, he will be ready to play Santa at the Mets' 2013 Christmas party.
   3. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 25, 2013 at 09:06 AM (#4451930)
Well then, he's gonna look like Werth before too long. Not good.

World Series? Or bust?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4452298)
Y'know, I really don't like shaving. I do it mainly to look "professional" (or at least less like a lazy slob) and because I have this weird little "bald spot" just where the beard and hair should join up. Anyway, my rambling point is that I can well imagine that when I get old(er), I can easily see shaving being the first thing to go into the "oh #### it" pile.
   5. Gonfalon B. Posted: May 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4452301)
Anything that helps to cover up Davey Johnson's face is a boon for the world.

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