Yet there’s no arguing the beard’s potential as the relief pitcher chases a third World Series ring in four years.
“Horrible, but it fits him,” said A’s right fielder Josh Reddick, who trimmed his own beard during a funk earlier this season.
Across baseball, from the Bay Area to Boston and, this year, Southern California, those out-of-control playoff beards are back in a big way this October.
With a recent move from the Giants to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Wilson is back in the playoffs. Despite the often sore sight of Wilson’s ratty dyed-black ’do, he has earned his share of respect.
“It’s impressive, and it’s got a World Series ring,” A’s reliever Sean Doolittle said.
Doolittle has a good one himself, unusual with its varying colors featuring a blond tuft.
For many in this superstitious, unshaven fraternity, there’s no shaving until season’s end. Let those rally beards grow.