remember when the Yankees had to have clean-shaven faces and trimmed hair. Now I read a story about Jason Giambi's mustache. Are the Yankees still required to groom their hair or are there new rules under Girardi?
-- Jon W., Hicksville, N.Y.
The rules haven't changed -- players always have been allowed to keep facial hair above the lip and remain groomed behind the neck. There's a long list of Yankees players who have maintained some fashion of facial hair; I'll throw out the names Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and Ron Guidry just to prove the point.
There have been players who have come to the Yankees with goatees or beards and opted to go for the complete shave, but that was more upon their own personal preference. Sometimes, players skirted the rule in past years by growing a little patch under the lip, but that's technically against the rule. Not everyone looks good with a mustache, and I think it's safe to say that Giambi should be included in that group.
These are the kinds of fun little things teams do over the course of the season, and if it helps them produce on the field, so be it. Johnny Damon's 'stache is coming in nicely, but poor Shelley Duncan's blond locks are camouflaging his progress and he's about to give it up. Joba Chamberlain quit shortly before Giambi said he looked "like a fifth grader."