Found July 09, 2013 on It's Always Sunny in Detroit:

Entering Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hitless in his last seven at bats.  He grounded into a double play in the first inning Tuesday off Cole Hamels and decided he needed a change.  He didn’t pick a different bat or pair of batting gloves.  It was his chin hair’s fault. Some time between the top of the first and top of the third inning (presumably during the top of the second), Desmond went back into the Nationals’ clubhouse and pulled out a razor.  Thus far, he it hasn’t worked.  Desmond flew out and grounded out in his next two at bats. As the great Michael Scott once said, “I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious.”  I would say Desmond is kind of stitious. via @recordsANDradio [via @acomak]


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