Over the past two days, we’ve heard a lot about the Yankees’ facial hair policy. From David Price saying he wouldn’t come to New York because of it, to Derek Jeter wondering why facial hair is even a deal breaker when a ton of money is on the line and back to Price recanting his previous statement and even going so far as to say that he may not even have a beard when he hits free agency after the 2015 season. And let us not forget Joba Chamberlain‘s new mustache that he debuted this Spring.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a female and I don’t have any facial hair to deal with everyday like my male counterparts. Well, okay, I don’t have enough for it to be noticeable even though I am 75% Italian and Greek and luckily, I don’t have to shave or wax my face frequently like some of my unlucky female friends.
But I have to ask, what is the big deal about facial hair?
Is being able to grow a beard a sign of being a more “manly” man? I only ask this because when I was in college, I lived in an off-campus house with five guys and two of my closest friends in the house, Tim and Dan, had lots of conversations about facial hair. Dan had to shave everyday and had a 5 o’clock shadow by 10 a.m. Tim could attempt to grow a beard and three weeks later wouldn’t have any noticeable growth on his chin. I found it amusing then and I find it amusing now.
Personally, I like the Yankees’ facial hair policy, mainly because I think some guys on other teams take advantage of the fact that they can grow outlandish beards because honestly, this is not attractive in any way (at least in my opinion):
And neither is this (again, my opinion):
Believe me, I do understand the whole, “I should be allowed to do whatever I want with my face!” argument but I also understand the Yankees’ point of view as well. You don’t want your players looking slovenly on the field and when guys are allowed to do what Brian Wilson, Jayson Werth and countless others do, well, that’s what happens.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t mind if the Yankees’ softened their stance a little bit and went further than just allowing mustaches. I think nicely groomed goatees and beards would be okay. The one guy I’m the most curious about is Derek Jeter. You’ll usually see pictures of other guys sporting some facial hair during the Winter. Even Robinson Cano had that beard, no mustache thing that a lot of guys seem to favor these days but I’ve never seen Jeter with any kind of facial hair.
Sometimes, I get a kick out of the new guys having to come over and shave in order to play for the Yankees. It sets the Yankees apart from most teams and that can be a good thing.
So how do you feel about this whole issue? Do you think the facial hair policy is silly and wish that Yankee players could be allowed to express themselves through goatees and crazy beards? Or do you agree with the club’s clean-cut, business-like, no facial hair stance?