The 2013 World Series is upon us. It's time to celebrate all things baseball, beer, bases — and beards! Yup, baseball has descended into full-fledged Octobeard (?). In the battle between the Boston Red Sox versus the St. Louis Cardinals, fans can see their favorite players’ beards in action.
The Red Sox took the first game last night, but who won the battle of the beards? The Red Sox look more like scraggly messes than usual, and the Cards have their fair share of luscious locks as well. According to the Boston Herald, it all started when Red Sox left-fielder Jonny Gomes showed up for spring training sporting some serious facial hair. The rest of the crew joined in, and the beards became a way for them to bond. The players have even gone so far as to name some of their beards, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s “The Saltine,” Canadian Ryan Dempster’s “The Canuck,” and Mike Napoli’s “The Siesta.” But what’s the reason Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte gives for his full beard? “I’m lazy. I don't feel like shaving,” he says.
So will beards bring either team the luck they desire? We'll see. But no matter where your loyalties are (ahem, go Cards!), everyone can agree that beards are pretty awesome. Click on for the best.
The Red Sox left fielder's mangy beard spurts haphazardly from his face, making him look more like a wild werewolf than a baseball player. Here's to hoping there isn't a full moon scheduled during the series.
Is gravity the only thing responsible for holding up the Red Sox first baseman's beard? No one knows. "He's got a full caveman thing going there," reliever Brandon Workman says. "Napoli: Everybody's got to respect that."
No 'Just For Men' needed here. The Red Sox backup garners extra points for the gray streaks.
Wow. Someone tell the St. Louis Cardinals (injured) relief pitcher to never shave that sucker. You could surf on that wave.
The Red Sox right-fielder shows off his luscious locks. But points are taken off because of the beard's weird fuzzy pointy-ness.
The St. Louis Cardinals left-fielder has a beard to reflect his playing style: fierce and razor sharp.
Big Papi gets points for having his own unique style. But points are deducted from the Red Sox designated hitter for still managing to look like a d-bag. Doesn't it look like the type of beard a ventriloquist dummy would have?
Not great, but props to the Card's shortstop for thickness (and party mullet in the back?)
I'm not sure what to think about the facial concoction of Boston's center fielder. Did he start shaving his half-moon beard and then forget about it?