Baseball Players Spending Off Days Experimenting With Facial Hair

The League Championship Series' don't open until Thursday and Friday, meaning the players on the four teams involved are using the time off to pursue their greatest passion: facial hair growth and sculpting.
"All I could keep thinking about at the plate in the ninth inning was how much I wanted to end the series so I could get back to Philadelphia and get to work on this new thing I want to do with my goatee," said Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, who had the series-winning hit against the Rockies. "Luckily my hit fell in and now I'm 24 hours into a star pattern soul patch."
Dodgers bearded third baseman Casey Blake already has the look he wants grown in. Now his focus is on giving it the proper size and shape.
"This is the National League Championship Series. This is a big stage," he said. "Every baseball player designs, grows, sculpts and tends his facial hair for this time of year. I don't want to look back and say I didn't put enough effort into getting exactly the right point on the tip of my beard or the perfect volume along my jaw line."
Werth says he appreciates where he is in his career.
"We're in the playoffs and I'm 30 years old now," he said. "I don't know if I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger. And I definitely know my facial hair wasn't thick enough, and didn't grow quickly enough, to do some of the kickass designs I have planned for the rest of the postseason. You have to have a veteran beard to pull these off in such a short growth period."
While some fans mock player who are still experimenting with facial hair some 10, 15 or 20 years past their teenage years, Werth laughs them off.
"Jealous. They're jealous," he said. "I know how cool my thin peach fuzz goatee looked when I was 14, and I know how cool I look now. I'm just fortunate enough to be able to show my awesome facial hair to a national audience. It's the dream of every boy growing up."
But not all players are as big into their facial hair.
"It's more of something the white guys do," says Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. "I might have a goatee for the ALCS, but I don't spend most of my day thinking about it like they do."
Or there's Phillies second baseman Chase Utley who slicks his hair back.
"My hair looks totally rad," says Utley. "But can I make it look radder? That's the question. What if I slick it back with other things? Pine tar, for example. More or less rad? I'll find out this week."
And then there are the Yankees who aren't allowed to experiment with facial hair.
"I love playing for the Yankees, but you have no idea how much I want to grow something like Jayson Werth is rocking," says Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher. "But I've found an outlet elsewhere on my body. I've sculpted my chest hair into a palm tree. And then my pubes and inner thigh hair is the root system. Obviously, it's pretty sweet."