Girardi lifts facial hair ban?

Cashman levels charges of fiscal insanity
A Prank for the Ages

Update: Patrick talked to PeteAbe, who said that the no-hair-below-the-lip policy remains in place.

A story making its rounds in the mainstream media today is Joe Girardi‘s list of rules. I’m not sure if these are just for Spring Training or if they’ll extend into the season. There are 17 total, and RAB goat Wallace Matthews got his hands on nine:

1. Be on time. No excuse for lateness.

2. Shorts and T-shirts only permitted during spring training.

3. Curfew of 1 a.m.

4. Jewelry – only one chain is permitted. No earrings.

5. Only neatly cut beards, mustaches, goatees. No long hair or “unshaven looks.”

6. No family members in the clubhouse until after games.

7. No cell phones in the dugout.

8. Cell phones only allowed in the clubhouse until one hour before games.

9. No competing speakers in the clubhouse.

No. 2 makes it seem like these are the Girardi rules. No. 5, then, looks like it supersedes King George’s Law.

No. 7 should be fairly obvious…

Cashman levels charges of fiscal insanity
A Prank for the Ages
  • Jamal G.

    Rule #4 is going to be up for debate because as PeteAbe pointed out, Andrew Brackman and Sir Joba are rocking nipplerings. LoL I think they would rather retire than take those things out, I know I would. That would hurt, like really frickin hurt.

    • Mike A.

      I know Joba tapes his nipple rings down during games. Don’t ask me how I know that, I just do. I know waaaaaay too much about these guys, huh?

      • kunaldo

        wait a sec…you guys are joking right?

  • barry

    i hope that they keep the no facial hair rule

  • mg

    I agree. The facial hair rule is a good one. I like the professional mentality is enforces.

  • DanElmaleh

    Me too. It’s what seperates us from the slovenly in the league (Red Sox).

    • Whitey14

      So I assume you thought Goose Goassage was slovenly too?

      The nice, neat, gentlemanly look is something I’ve always respected about the yankees and wished the Sox would adopt. However, somebody needs to let Giambi know that grease doesn’t equal gentleman. God can you imagine him tossing his hat in the stands and having it slip out of several people’s hands before somebody finally grabs a hold of it?

  • Jamal G.

    No we’re not joking. And Mike I know about the game thing too because everybody does it. When I got one last June the guys on my team told me to start doing it because its suppose to cushion the blow or sumthin like that if u get hit in the chest. Dunno how 3 pieces of electrical tape is supposed to cushion anything but w/e.

    • Mike A.

      It keeps them from getting ripped out supposedly, or at least lessens the chance they will. I’m sure it’s a bigger risk for position players.

  • Manimal

    INTIMIDATION people, i hate the no facial hair rule. Pitchers with nasty ‘staches are so intimidating to a batter. I saw hughes in an interview with a goatee.

    • Whitey14

      Do you really believe that?

      I’ve heard several hitters, including Tony Gwynn and George Brett, mention it’s funny to them that a pitcher thinks facial hair, mound antics, or a hat pulled down real low for them to try and glare out from under makes them intimidating.

      Dave Stewart was the prime example in his hey day. He pulled the cap down low and glared at hitters who, all the while, were thinking about his high pitched voice, which most people found hilarious. He wasn’t good because he was intimidating, he was good because he had good stuff.

  • Pingback: Sunday’s Bits: Pettitte’s HGH, Girardi’s Rules « iYankees

  • Travis G.

    i would honestly prefer either a no facial hair OR an unshaven look to ‘neatly trimmed facial hair’ look. guys with neatly trimmed beards and goatees strike me the wrong way. now a well-trimmed Hogan-style stache, that’s ok by me.

  • zack

    As long as nobody is sporting a Clement or Youkilis look, I’m okay. But generally speaking, baseball players can’t be trusted to style their own facial hair. They generally go with the 15 year old “look, I can grow facial hair!” look…

  • Rich

    No way I could live with a no T-shirt rule.

  • dan

    I’m waiting for a team to make disgusting facial hair mandatory. Every position player must have at least 3 inches on the beard, and every reliever must have the porn-star mustache. Extra playing time awarded to players with a braided beard.

    • Jamal G

      Didn’t the Red Sox accomplish that in 2004? Honestly, Bronson Arroyo had to be the worst. There’s a reason cornrows originated from Africa, white boys with curly blonde hair SHOULD NOT have God Damn cornrows. It pained my stomach to look at that guy.

    • Mike R.

      I thought it already was mandatory. What other reason would there be for Dice-K to try growing that poor excuse for a goatee last year. The guy has the facial hair of a 14 year old schoolgirl.

      • Mike A.

        Heh, and now Dice-K’s sportin’ a mullet this year.

  • Spike

    Remember when Mattingly had his goatee when he was playing? Why was he allowed to have it?

    • Travis G.

      “Mattingly, shave your sideburns!”

      • Joseph P.

        Sir, I don’t know what you think sideburns are…

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Someone asked Phil Hughes about this – the facial hair thing – on his blog and he said he hadn’t heard anything about it.

  • bkight13

    I always thought the no facial hair below the lip was stupid. No one sports mustaches these days. They should allow neatly trimmed goatees. That is why Santana didn’t push harder for a trade to the Yankees.

  • Pingback: 2008 Random Yankees Ramblings

  • The Good Doctor

    “Be on time. no excuses.”
    Joe’s being soft. Unless of course he means that if you’re not 10 minutes early you’re late. That’s a rule that wins championships.

    As for the facial hair. I like the no facial hair rule. It separates the Yankees from the rest of the pack in a good way. A professional way. And anyone who thinks that Gossage’s stache made him intimidating is just kidding himself. What made Gossage intimidating was his pitching.

    And last, that rule #7 has to be stated is frightening. I mean, for Joe to feel he needs to sate that rule means some idiot(s) must have brought his cell phone into the dugout!

  • Pingback: Girardi lifts facial hair ban River Avenue Blues | Best Eye Cream

  • Pingback: Series becomes hair-raising for Yankees, but there’s a solution | Sports News Images and Videos