It’s no secret that Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick was a huge fan of his beard. The reason I say was is because the huge beard no longer exists, at least not in its previously epic form. That’s what happens when a person loses a “beard-off” to a professional wrestler.
It was exactly one year ago that Redick started growing the epic facial hair. In March, WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan, who has a rather impressive beard of his own, challenged Reddick to a “beard-off.” Since Reddick is a huge wrestling fan, he decided to accept the bet. Unfortunately, one of his passions turned on the other.
It was revealed this week that the fans had voted Bryan’s beard to be the best, which meant that Reddick had to shave off a majority of the facial hair. To add salt to the wound, it was Bryan who got to do the honors during a taping of WWE Smackdown.
Reddick has yet to say if he will grow his beard for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season. However, the fact that he already seems to have a head start on it probably answers the question.
The only issue fans may have with that is Reddick’s numbers plummeted from 2012 to 2013 as he failed to stay healthy. For that reason, maybe giving the beard a year off isn’t the worst idea in the world. As long as his wrist gets enough rest in the offseason, there is a good chance he will improve on his .226 batting average, 12 home runs and 56 RBI.