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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Sandomir: Famous Sports Mustache Is Going ... Going ... Gray

Foolproof! Stops your target color flawlessly every time, Keith Hernandez!

Keith Hernandez’s mustache has rarely left its perch below his nose in his adult life. It is the thicker, longer cousin to his eyebrows, the hirsute geometric center of his face. His mustache is an entity and a signature. After years of renown, it was voted the top sports mustache of all time in a survey by the American Mustache Institute in 2007.

But now, the Hernandez mustache might have a month of life left in it.

He announced the possibility of shaving it last week on a Mets broadcast. But Hernandez, 58, said Monday that he might simply show up for the Mets’ final game of the season, on Oct. 3, with nothing but bare skin between his nose and upper lip.

“I don’t want to draw attention to it,” he said by telephone from his home in Jupiter, Fla. “I’ll do it, and whoever’s watching the game will see it.”

... Hernandez once kept a stockpile of Just for Men to comply with his contract, which said he had to appear on-air fully dyed. Two executives monitored Mets games to be sure he did not turn into Mr. Gray. He still has a few boxes left, but he isn’t using it.

The result is visible: with each passing Mets broadcast on SNY, the mustache has grown considerably grayer. Sometimes the mustache is more interesting than the game.

“I’m not totally happy with the gray,” he said. “It’s something I have to get used to. I have more people, on the female side, who tell me they prefer it gray.”

Repoz Posted: September 04, 2012 at 05:00 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4226566)
Somehow I never knew that Hernandez was a 42nd round draft pick. He was the only player taken after the 36th round of that draft who ever played in the major leagues, but most teams had already gone home long before he was chosen.
   2. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4226592)
Look, I like Keith Hernandez. But him winning the top sports mustache award over Rollie Fingers is a miscarriage of justice of epic proportions.
   3. Lassus Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4226604)
He was the only player taken after the 36th round of that draft who ever played in the major leagues, but most teams had already gone home long before he was chosen.

Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round.
   4. flournoy Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4226614)
Wow, Hernandez has no business winning the top sports mustache award. I mean, he has a nice mustache and everything. But there's nothing special about it, besides it being present. Rollie Fingers or Al Hrabosky are solid picks. Dennis Eckersley, for example, had a high quality mustache himself, but there's nothing to distinguish it from Hernandez's. How could you pick one over the other?
   5. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4226620)
Facial hair articles are suddenly sprouting from the faces of writers.
   6. ajnrules Posted: September 04, 2012 at 07:11 PM (#4226625)
Hey, his fellow HOVG first baseman Don Mattingly got rid of his similarly iconic mustache. Sure it's 15 years too late for Mr. Burns, but I've gotten used to his current look.

Seeing him sans mustache in his 1984 Donruss card probably helped.
   7. aberg Posted: September 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4226632)
I do like the idea of referring to women as people on the female side.
   8. Honkie Kong Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4226672)
He was the only player taken after the 36th round of that draft who ever played in the major leagues, but most teams had already gone home long before he was chosen.

Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round


Marcus Giles was drafted in the 53rd or close.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4226679)
Hernandez once kept a stockpile of Just for Men to comply with his contract, which said he had to appear on-air fully dyed. Two executives monitored Mets games to be sure he did not turn into Mr. Gray. He still has a few boxes left, but he isn’t using it.


Sounds like he dropped the product when they dropped him from their commercials. Does that mean Rafael Palmeiro doesn't use Viagra anymore?
   10. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM (#4226681)
He was the only player taken after the 36th round of that draft who ever played in the major leagues, but most teams had already gone home long before he was chosen.

Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round

Marcus Giles was drafted in the 53rd or close.


He said that draft, meaning the year Hernandez was drafted.
   11. Posada Posse Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4226722)
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM (#4226727)

yes, not "that thing that baseball does called a draft"

"that draft"

   13. frannyzoo Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM (#4226735)
Re: link in #11.

Good to see that at the very high price of $.84 special offers are available.
   14. Belfry Bob Posted: September 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM (#4226806)
"But I'm Keith Hernandez!"
   15. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM (#4226815)
If Mike Piazza still posted here, he would enjoy that draft. NTTAWWT.
   16. God Posted: September 05, 2012 at 07:08 AM (#4226843)
Hernandez was viewed as having talent but his high school coach had kicked him off the team, and teams avoided him due to perceived character issues. Still surprising he lasted until round 42.

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