Former New York Met and SNY analyst Keith Hernandez has announced that he might be shaving off his legendary mustache.
During a Mets broadcast, Hernandez announced that for the Mets season finale, Hernandez might appear on screen without his mustache. The same mustache that was voted greatest sports mustache of all-time by the American Mustache Institute.
Hernandez's 'stache has been getting more and more gray throughout the long Mets season and that is due in part to Hernandez's contract with "Just for Men" ending. The contract stated that Hernandez had to keep his mustache from getting gray.
Hernandez isn't happy with the gray, but is getting used to it, saying, “I’m not totally happy with the gray,”
“It’s something I have to get used to. I have more people, on the female side, who tell me they prefer it gray.”
Hernandez has been growing the famous mustache since he was 18, so it would be very weird to see him without it.
“I don’t want to draw attention to it,” Hernandez said. “I’ll do it, and whoever’s watching the game will see it.”
Hernandez did shave the mustache back in 1977 when he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals to appease manager Vern Rapp and his stance on facial hair, but soon returned to the first baseman's face.
He also shaved it in 1987 to try and break a slump. It worked as he hit two home runs against the Chicago Cubs.
The Hernandez mustache saga might be the only reason to watch Mets baseball late in the season as we watch this story unfold.
The Mark Graham Sports Blog will follow this story as it unfolds.