I have to confess, I don’t get the big deal about Jason Giambi’s mustache. People are acting like he has pulled a Mike Tyson and got a face tattoo – or something.
As a kid, watching the Yankees, I saw many players with mustaches: Catfish Hunter, Dick Tidrow, Oscar Gamble, Goose Gossage, Sparky Lyle, Ron Guidry, Reggie Jackson, and Thurman Munson come to mind.
And, even as a young adult, I recall Yankees such as Don Mattingly, Willie Randolph, Dave Winfield, Mike Pagliarulo, Rick Cerone, Wade Boggs, Lee Guetterman, Greg Cadaret, Gary Ward, and Steve Balboni sporting a mustache at times.
And, recently, players such as Gary Sheffield, Tom Gordon, David Wells, Gabe White and Sal Fasano have played for the Yankees while wearing a mustache.
Now, I should confess that I’m somewhat “pro” mustache – as I had one during the 1980′s, the 1990′s and the first four years of the 2000′s. Basically, as soon as I could grow one, I did, and I kept it until December 31, 2003. I took it off to surprise my wife. Plus, it was starting to be more gray than anything else – and I would never consider coloring it, etc. (Click here to see it at the height of it’s mustachedom.)
Anyway, getting back to Jason Giambi…well…he grew a mustache. Give the guy a break. Why is this such a story? At some point, I would have to imagine that all this attention to his mustache must be annoying.
Or, did I miss something, where, in the last five years or so, it’s become a big event warranting public focus when someone decides to feature some facial hair above their upper lip?