So much for solidarity. Jeff Francouer broke ranks with his Met teammates by shaving his beard before last night's game in San Diego, abandoning his place in their “Beards to 500″ push.
Frenchy based his decision on the possibility of a long wait for the Mets to actually make it to a .500 record (if they even do this year) and also mentioned something about his wife not liking the big beard. Francouer shaves, the Mets lose. Lame. Totally, utterly lame.
Francouer sounds a note of doom and frustration as he becomes the first Met to symbolically “give up” on 2009 by dropping out of the morale-building razor avoidance. Many fans of the Mets who cut their hair and shave every morning for their office job secretly wish they were part of a team that required some facial hair to show unity. Heck, I'm one of them, I would be totally psyched if my job encouraged me to show my team spirit by growing a beard, mohawk, fu manchu, mullet, you name it.
So I'm terribly sorry your whiskers irritate the tender face of your wife Mr. Francouer, but you look selfish placing her concerns ahead of the wives and girlfirend's of your teammates, who seem able to endure the beards of their men without complaints I know of. And I'm sure any wife of a hockey player would agree.
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Written by Mark Reichman