My outer head needs a haircut and my inner child resists. It’s always been that way because when I was a kid, hair length was a big issue in the world at large and among ballplayers, especially the ones I admired. Tug McGraw and Jim Bouton wrote books about battles with the establishment, rightly scoffing [...]
There can't be a historically minded person in Metland who didn't at
least cringe a little bit after reading Willie Randolph's rules for the
team: no beards (guy-in-the-pool-cleaning-van 'staches are OK), no
earrings on the field, 1 a.m. spring-training curfew, no booze on the
team bus or plane, etc.
Part of the hackle-rise is the reflexive little-brother rebellion
against all things [...]