Since Keith Hernandez was traded to the New York Mets from the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the many constants that we saw at first base was a glorious mustache. Keith has had it for as long as anyone can remember, and it’s no doubt his signature. There were rumors spreading a couple weeks ago that the former first baseman would be shaving the area above his upper lip for the first time in decades, as it’s turned gray throughout this season.
Well, what Mets fans have thought to be the unthinkable is becoming a reality; it will be quite the site for fans walking in to watch R.A. Dickey go for his 20th win against Andrew McCutchenand the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at 1:10pm. Make sure you get there early, because Hernandez is not only planning on shaving off his mustache, but he will be doing so at 11:45am today in front of Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Back in 2007, the American Mustache Institute (which I didn’t even know existed) crowned Hernandez’s facial hair the best mustache is sports history. Getting a title like that, you would think that Keith would do what he could to keep his stache in top shape, but if you’ve been listening to him in the SNY broadcast booth over the years, you know he doesn’t mind doing or saying whatever he’s thinking. Once he stopped doing Just For Men commercials, he stopped using the product on himself as well, with his lucious facial hair going from black to gray over a matter of months this season. Keith knows how big of a deal this is for Mets fans and all baseball fans alike, and he’s been able to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it.
Schick Hydro will bring in the barber to assist Hernandez for the event, as well as donating $5,000 to the Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center in Brooklyn. The center is named after his mother, with an eye to helping Alzheimer patients, as well as elderly and disabled people. So, at least we can say that he’s putting all this attention to good use.
Although I was too young to watch Keith play, I greatly respect the winning attitude he brought to the Mets, as well as the World Series title in 1986. His mustache has long been a part of his identity and it will be weird to not see any hair between his nose and upper lip, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. Who knows, maybe it’s just a winter thing and by the time the Mets report for Spring Training in February, the mustache will be back. Only time will tell.