Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mustache Ball: Separated At Birth 2

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Once again we have the LMRC slugger making it into the pantheon of mustached baseball stars. From an article from the Times' Sports' Blog called Bats musical version by Rockapella
Much has been written lately about Jason Giambi’s new facial hair. On Monday, Giambi got two mustache-related boosts for his all-star candidacy: the American Mustache Institute officially offered its support for him, and the Yankees issued a press release urging fans to “Support the ‘Stache.'’What to make of all this? PLAY decided to consult an expert, John Allan Meing, a men’s grooming connoisseur whose upscale salon, John Allan’s, celebrates its 20th anniversary in New York later this year. The key to facial hair on a ballplayer, he says, is that the look needs to reflect the player’s style on the field. That’s why Meing is so disappointed with Johnny Damon’s new “primetime” clean look. “I always pictured Damon as scrappier, harder, like he plays ball,” he says. “He doesn’t try to match how he plays ball. Jeter is clean, it matches how he plays ball.”
Before he went into styling, Meing was an all-state shortstop in New Jersey and says he tried out for the Royals and Cardinals before selling his Firebird and heading to Paris in the late 1970s. He remains a die-hard Yankees fan. Now, with Giambi’s new mustache (”he’s such a beast, he can carry if off,” Meing says) causing Yankee fans to don fake mustaches in his honor, PLAY takes a look, with Meing’s eye for style, at some Yankee mustaches through the years.

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