Brian Wilson's beard, no matter how big it gets, no matter the hype that comes with it, does not really affect how he pitches. It might be a distraction or an amusement, but it doesn't detract from — or enhance — his performance. So, no matter how much a few stuffed shirts might get ruffled because they're easily disgusted by this hairy mess of a monster pitching, The Beard hasn't really mattered. Perhaps, until this very moment.
From the Major League Baseball general manager meetings in Orlando, Fla. and the Twitter account of Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger:
Brian Cashman says you can rule out the Yankees signing Brian Wilson. His agent told team he won't shave beard. True story, Cashman says.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) November 13, 2013
The Yankees, if you weren't aware, have a policy regarding facial hair. Mustaches are OK — Thurman Munson had one. Even a fu-manchu to some degree is allowable — like Goose Gossage. But no beards. Certainly not what Brian Wilson has on his face. It's a policy that was instituted during the George Steinbrenner days. The Boss might have died, but his facial hair rules live on.
The Boss vs. The Beard.
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