There are good beards, there are bad beards, and then there's the beard that Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus is boasting at spring training.
The veteran outfielder, who signed with the Rays this offseason, is sporting a thick, long beard with no mustache — facial hair that would make Abraham Lincoln jealous.
For all interested parties: pic.twitter.com/K0mGz9hOEQ
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) 22 февраля 2017 г.
There's always beard news in baseball, and Rasmus' isn't even the first this year: Earlier this month, Marlins manager Don Mattingly rescinded his policy banning facial hair.
Some might laugh at Rasmus' beard, but I commend the decision. It's bold, and is flipping the trite tradition of growing beards during postseason runs on its head.
I hope that Rasmus goes along with a bizarro playoff beard approach and starts progressively shaving the monstrosity if the Rays approach playoff contention.
— Josh Shiaman (@TSNJoshShiaman) 22 февраля 2017 г.
While it's disappointing that the glorious mane is gone, Rasmus showed the ability for facial hair greatness. It can happen again.