BOSTON -- Trot Nixon played next to Johnny Damon for four years in the Red Sox outfield, so he knows beards.
And he likes the bearded look that's sported by the current Sox.
“People ask me what's up with beards and mustaches in baseball?” Nixon said. “And I'm like, you know what, it's a long season. You guys know it. You're down a month-and-a-half for spring training and then the 162‑game schedule for baseball, and then the postseason . . .
“So baseball is a long season. And something just to change things up, you know, the guys throwing beards around . . . I know we had guys that would shave their head and so forth. But who knows what goes on between baseball players' ears? I don't know what was going on between mine half the time. But just something to change up. I had a Mohawk one year, and it was God awful. When I looked at pictures of it, and I couldn't believe my wife let me wear my hair that way."
Then there was one year where he shaved his head and played next to the long-haired, bearded Damon . . . as the attached picture shows.
“I think it's just to change up the monotony that you go through every day, and who knows, I don't know. Clubhouses get crazy and guys have a little bit of fun, whether it's their beards or mustaches or haircuts. But I like it, it's pretty good.”