Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers put his face through a lot of turbulence on Saturday when he started against the Texas Rangers.
First, he came out to the mound looking like ... well, it’s hard to describe:
— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) September 14, 2019
It looks like a hybrid between a mustache and a beard, like he couldn’t decide which look he was shooting for.
Mike Fiers: “I wanna look like a G”
Barber: Say no more fam pic.twitter.com/K9zlpLRYa3
— Ryan Maquiñana (@RMaq28) September 15, 2019
For reference, here was Fiers during his last start last week with a healthy, but normal beard look:
In any case, the “G” look did not last long. Fiers exited Saturday’s game — an 8-6 win for the A’s over Rangers — in the second inning with nerve irritation in his right arm. He then shaved off the “beard,” according to NBC Sports Bay Area, because he got hurt.
I believe Mike Fiers is clean shaven now. EVERYTHING is gone.
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) September 15, 2019
“Just being funny, having fun with these guys," Fiers said. "It's a long season, we're in mid-September and just to give the guys a laugh, I'm kinda the guy they want to laugh at, so they dared me to do it or didn't think I'd go out and pitch with it. But I don't care."
The A’s hope that clean-shaven Fiers is not hurt long-term and will pitch as well as normal-bearded Fiers. The 34-year-old is 14-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 31 starts this season and has been an anchor of the team’s rotation.
They will need Fiers if they want to make a postseason run, no matter his facial hair situation.
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