, Newburyport, MA


May 6, 2014

A’s and Sox should hold a fashion show

BOSTON — The Red Sox made T-shirts last year with the slogan “Blood. Sweat. Beards.” Mike Napoli, still fashioning a humongous beard, had his shirt on in the clubhouse before Sunday’s series finale against the Oakland Athletics.

Here’s a recommendation to the Athletics: Make T-shirts with the phrase “Blood. Sweat. Beards. … And Mullets.”

Athletics catcher Derek Norris has a bigger beard than Napoli’s — and complementing it quite nicely is a better mullet than Froggy’s, the character from “The Little Rascals.”

Napoli is a fan of Norris’ self-described “sloppy, nasty look.”

“It’s awesome,” Napoli said. “I told him I loved it.”

Fear the Mullets! Norris’ Oakland teammate Josh Donaldson has a cleanly shaved face, but like Norris, he also styles a hip mullet that he sometimes complements with a Mohawk haircut.

“It’s kind of two different styles,” Norris said, discussing his and Donaldson’s styles. “His is more like a Ronaldinho-fade-into-it. Mine’s just a sloppy, nasty, looking mullet.”

What if the Red Sox and Athletics met in this year’s playoffs? It might mark the hairiest and questionably fashionable postseason series of this generation.

How about the two teams just fit in a fashion show between games when they play their next series against each other, which is in Oakland from June 19-22? Tell Jonny Gomes to bring his American flag suit.

One of the more enjoyable parts about professional sports is players can wear whatever wild attire before and after games and grow any type of hairstyle or facial hair but won’t be judged in the same way as someone who works a 9-5 job on State Street.

Norris grew up in a rather strict Kansas household. He knew his parents meant business when it came to their rules.

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