• Giambi’s Mustache

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2008 · Comments (16)

    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?

    Comments on Giambi’s Mustache

    1. baileywalk
      June 23rd, 2008 | 6:46 pm

      I think it’s just a fun thing to joke about because he started growing it and kept it because of his improved hitting. I think it’s all good-natured and Giambi likes to joke around. Also, it might be a crafty way to take people’s attention away from his true slump-buster: his creepy gold thong. (Shiver.)

      Steve, just out of curiosity: when was that photo you link to taken?

    2. srivinodh
      June 23rd, 2008 | 6:52 pm

      Now… i donno whether u believe in jinxes or not Steve…

      but the Yanks havent won a thing since u stopped ur ‘stache..

      worth a try for this year??

    3. Scout
      June 23rd, 2008 | 6:59 pm

      Steve:

      So tell us: did the victim pick you out of the line-up down at the station or what?

    4. hopbitters
      June 23rd, 2008 | 7:14 pm

      I’m going to go out on a limb and guess 1992.

    5. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 23rd, 2008 | 7:38 pm

      I think it should be a story because it makes him look like a 70s porn star.

      And Sox fans know of what we speak – Kevin Kennedy and his staff looked like they’d been time warped out of a Seka movie.

      I trust that doesn’t violate the community standards. ;)

    6. sonnymooks
      June 23rd, 2008 | 8:20 pm

      Lots of teams used to do stupid things over the years in shows of unity, i.e. shaving heads, or growing facial hair.

      Giambi isn’t the only one, and the story is pretty stupid, I’m guessing its only being still talked about because some folks in the media are to lazy to do an original story or do some real work.

      How hard is it to take something already written, add a few quotes and hand it back in to the editor?

    7. martini6196
      June 23rd, 2008 | 8:54 pm

      What Giambi has is not a mustache. It’s a PORNSTACHE!

    8. June 23rd, 2008 | 9:43 pm

      Steve’s ‘stache = pwnd by the Giambino.

      ;-)

    9. June 23rd, 2008 | 11:07 pm

      Good “guess” hopbitters!

      Yes, that’s from 1992.

    10. baileywalk
      June 23rd, 2008 | 11:41 pm

      Didn’t notice that in the URL till now. Eff everyone.

    11. June 24th, 2008 | 8:19 am

      ~~the Yanks havent won a thing since u stopped ur ’stache..~~

      Wow. I never thought of that. But, then again, they won in 1977 and 1978 and I didn’t have one then!

    12. June 24th, 2008 | 9:45 am

      As the executive director of the American Mustache Institute, let me remind you that Reggie Jackson is the father of the mustache in modern day baseball. As a member of the A’s in 1972, he was the first player to wear a cookie duster since the 1930s in a regular season game. Visit http://www.AmericanMustacheInsitute.org for all of your mustache needs.

    13. baileywalk
      June 24th, 2008 | 11:36 am

      A lot has changed since ’92. Whoo, boy.

    14. June 24th, 2008 | 6:20 pm

      15 years of marriage, two kids, and my entire 30′s and half of my 40′s…

      time stands still for no one!

    15. gene0714
      June 24th, 2008 | 9:52 pm

      Well, mustaches are definitely not in style anymore. For about the past 10 years, the Goatee has surpassed the Mustache and Beard as the popular form of facial hair. S yes, it does remind everyone of porn stars, and its very funny.

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