Poor Chris Davis.
The guy knocks in two runs, including the eventual game-winner with a sixth-inning home run, and all anyone wants to talk about is his awful-looking mustache.
The Orioles slugger had let his beard and mustache go until it was threatening the Orioles’ strict no-beard rule, so he shaved the beard but kept the mustache.
And it looks terrible. But he can’t shave it off now.
To quote the great Crash Davis from the movie Bull Durham — “… a player on a streak has to respect the streak.” He wasn’t talking about the Orioles’ Crush Davis, but the unwritten baseball rule certainly applies to him.
The Orioles’ Davis is on quite a hot streak. His sixth-inning home run, which gave the O’s a 3-1 lead en route to a 3-2 victory early today, was his 11th in his past 19 games. He has 29 RBIs over those 19 games. He has five homers and 12 RBIs in August.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the mustache led to countless jokes in the Orioles’ dugout.
“He might not have it [Tuesday] with as much grief as he took,” Showalter said after the game. But after continuing his recent tear at the plate Monday, Davis said his lip fur is here to stay.
“I was just looking for something to loosen everybody up and get us going,” Davis said. “So it looks like this is going to be around for a while. I’m not going to shave it now. And it looks great too, so you know, I’ve got that going for me.”
Looks great? Don’t look in the mirror.
Respect the streak, Crush.
What do you think, Orioles fans? Does the mustache stay or go?