“No girlfriends until I was a senior (in high school),” Norris said. “Obviously no dates either. That kind of goes in the same concept. Drinking was out of the question even though underage people do it. But, I mean, no drinking, no chewing. Nothing. It was just — if you want to make money, you come work.”
So then what do his mother and father think about his ragged look?
“They were pretty strict and for them to see me — my dad’s always been clean-cut. My grandfather’s always clean-cut. My brother’s the same way. So they have fun with it, which is to be expected.”
Norris began growing his mullet last year when slumping offensively. He thought it would be a good way to break out of it. As he says, baseball players need to change things up to get better results.
“Just scuffling and one day said, ‘Get a mullet,’” Norris recalled. “And I’ve just kind of kept it since.”
Norris has had a beard for a few years but this year it is larger than ever before.
“I didn’t really develop until later on in my high school years,” Norris said. “I always had kind of a goatee look. And then when I got drafted by Washington we weren’t allowed to have facial hair. So when I got traded over (to Oakland) it was kind of, ‘OK, let’s explore this. Let’s see where it goes.’ And it’s just kind of actually gotten more and more.”
Donaldson gained inspiration to grow his mullet from a National League All-Star.
“I saw a picture a few years ago of (Rockies shortstop) Troy Tulowitzki like in 2009,” Donaldson said. “And he had something similar to it. I thought about doing it and eventually I did.”