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Jose Bautista isn’t impressed with Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle’s beards

Jul 25, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

Over at Yahoo’s Big League Stew, Dave Brown peppered Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista with questions from a wide avenue of subjects. One of those subjects pertained to beards — his, and those of his major league peers. Bautista, of course, has a magnificent beard and he explained how he keeps it maintained so consistently.

Brown then asked Bautista what he thinks of some of the scragglier beards around the league, such as those that belong to Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle of the Athletics. Bautista isn’t having it:

DB: Whose beard in this room impresses you? Should you say Derek Norris?

Jose: No! Or [Sean] Doolittle, either. It doesn’t impress me because they don’t do anything to it. They just let it go. No maintenance, there’s no effort into it.

DB: You don’t appreciate the joie de vivre, the free spirit, the letting go?

Jose: I do, but it doesn’t impress me enough to admire the beard.

Bautista really should give credit to both for having the willpower for letting the beard grow out the way they have, though. That type of beard is itchy — particularly in the in-between phase, when it’s not a well-manicured beard but it’s not a caveman beard yet — and it requires a lot of maintenance, lest one invite bugs and birds to build nests inside. It’s a free country and everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but to paraphrase the great Voltaire, “I may not like your beard, but I’ll defend to the death your right to grow it.”

  1. banksatdixie - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Joey Bats moved up a notch in my book.

  2. paint771 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Beard? What beard? He wakes up and shaves every morning. You mean his 5 o’clock shadow?

  3. muckthefets23 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Voltaire said that??…. You sure you don’t mean Brian Wilson?

  4. blacksables - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    No games on a Friday night?

  5. chill1184 - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I always wonder what Joey Bats is thinking in that photo. Is he contemplating the theories of the universe?

  6. nbjays - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Wonder what he thinks of that thing that Adam Lind has growing on his face…

  7. kappy32 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I’m getting tired of the whole beard thing. It was Brian Wilson who started that, years ago while he was on the Giants. It’s become almost stupid & it completely unoriginal.

    • mrwhite07 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      It was actually the Oakland A’s who started that in the 70’s when we won 3 straight World Series. Brian Wilson just copied.

      • tmc602014 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Beards come and go. Five years ago it seemed everyone I met had a goatee or chin beard, and I thought it was the stupidest look for most, OK for some. It seems that Wilson, trying to be unique, instead started a trend. In a few years, many of the current cave men will regret that every pic from their playing days looks ridiculous…

  8. wishingtonredslur - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    A’s are first place in the universe right Jose, appreciate that.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      And all applause directed to the club, for that. But people can be good at their job and still look stupid.

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