If there's one catch to making your rounds in the majors and landing in a New York Yankees uniform, it's their facial hair policy. On Thursday, newly acquired Billy Butler made his Yankees debut, and in his 10th major-league season, he was finally forced to shave his goatee. The most famous debate over the policy, though, belonged to former Yankees superstar Don Mattingly, who refused to shave his mustache. Fast forward to his current days managing the Miami Marlins, where Mattingly succumbed to it and enforced a no-facial hair policy with his team. After spending seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics sporting his slicked back hair and goatee, Giambi had to give in. Upon joining the Yankees, his next seven years were spent clean-shaven, though he belted homers without facial hair, and with it.
Youkilis shaves off goatee for $5,000 donation to charity
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A native of Cincinnati , Ohio , he was drafted by the Red Sox in , after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati. A Gold Glove Award -winning first baseman , he once held baseball's record for most consecutive errorless games at first base later broken by Casey Kotchman. An intense performer on the playing field, Youkilis was known for his scrappiness, grittiness, dirt-stained jerseys, home-plate collisions, and his strange batting stance. He was called "roly-poly" by his high school coach, "pudgy" by his college coach, a "fat kid" by general manager Billy Beane , and a "thicker-bodied guy" by the Red Sox scout who recruited him.
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox facial hair pioneer, is at it again
The public haircut came three seasons after outfielder Johnny Damon ditched his caveman look for charity in the Back Bay, with giant TV screens to give the throngs a better view. Youkilis was shaved by two blonde stylists from a local salon at the Cask 'n Flagon, a bar across the street from Fenway Park. Nine TV cameras captured the moment -- including one that broadcast a live shot "The shaving is under way, as you can see" -- with their trucks parked outside to beam the images to a grateful nation. Youkilis said he would re-grow the goatee in the offseason and maybe even cut it off again if the Red Sox win another World Series in
Do you really want this face representing angry drunk New Englanders? I, along with most other guys, have long been fascinated with great facial hair. That is why when I heard that Youk might go clean shaven for Opening night, I was aghast vocab word.