The best compliment Donaldson has received?
“There’s some compliments but I don’t know if it’s printable,” he said.
A’s right fielder, Josh Reddick, a former Red Sox player, has fashioned a mullet but some of his teammates said it was just long hair and not an actual mullet.
Not to be outdone, Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle fashions a big, bushy beard that sort of looks like Red Sox backup Mike Carp’s beard.
“It started in the beginning of 2013,” Doolittle said. “We were going to grow bullpen beards. All the guys in the ’pen were going to have facial hair and stuff. So I started growing it out. It takes me a long time to grow it. It’s definitely a process that I had to commit to.
“I just liked the way it looked,” he added about keeping it. “It’s red. You see a lot of beards throughout the game now but you don’t see any narly ginger beards. Plus, it covers up my face, which is good because I’m not that good-looking.”
Has Doolittle or any of his teammates gained inspiration from Norris and Donaldson to start growing a mullet?
“I don’t know about that,” Doolittle said. “It’s part of the culture of the A’s. We’ve always kind of done things a little different. There has never been a policy where you have to have your hair cut a certain way or you have to maintain your facial hair or that kind of thing. In a way, it’s just kind of self-expression — showing people kind of to who you are.
“We’ve had some other guys with shaggy hair,” Doolittle added. ‘(A.J.) Griffin had his flowing, blonde locks. (John) Jaso had a good mane going for a while. But if you look back at the A’s over the years, there’s always some pretty awesome hairstyles or mustaches or something. So we’re just kind of carrying on the tradition.”
So which is a more fashionable team: the Sox or A’s? We’ll leave that one up to you to decide.