Are the Yankees in first place because of their pathetic mustaches?
Most baseball fans know the Yankees have a rule against facial hair, but that isn't entirely accurate. The rule actually bans facial hair below the lip. Still, few players have taken advantage of the freedom to grow mustaches.
Outfielder Brett Gardner helped reverse that trend, though. During a series last month in Tampa Bay, Gardner started growing out a mustache. Many of his teammates followed suit and the Yankees are 13-4 since, surging into first place in the AL East.
"Pretty much everybody is on board," Gardner told the New York Post. "I know it might not look good, but it is kind of a reminder that every time we see each other, that everybody is all in."
He's right. They don't look good.
This is unfortunate, because the Yankees used to have some of the finest mustaches in baseball.
Whatever magic the new whiskers hold, it's working. So let's hope the Yanks keep the trend going, if only so we can see mustachioed A-Rod.
"I’m trying," Rodriguez told the Post, "but it’s going to take me a long time."
- Dan Gartland