Joe Maddon announced this weekend that he has no plans to cut his hair this season, and is encouraging the players to do the same.
“I encourage the growth of follicles on our club,” said Maddon. “I think guys should grow hair wherever they’re able. I’m not planning to cut mine in 2011.”
We have to wonder if this is a move by Maddon to help welcome both Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to the ballclub. Both players have been in situations where the length of their hair and/or facial hair was an issue.
Maddon told Marc Topkin that this move is all about having some fun while the team is working hard…
“Sometimes I just go with my instincts, and I just think it could turn into a lot of fun for the group. So whatever keeps you focused on the field, and having fun off of it, I’m all for…If we’re going to go anywhere, we’ve gots to play hard every day and have a good time while we’re doing it. Otherwise, we cannot play in October.”
Of course, we already have an idea of what JoeMa looks like with long hair. Then again, it was a little darker back then.