On the one hand, yes, it’s called Mustache Watch, which would seem to confine our interests merely to facial hair of the upper lip. On the other hand, NotGraphs has distinguished itself in the baseballing community for its generosity of spirit. In such cases where it’s possible to be inclusive without compromising our authority in matters whimsical, that’s the choice we’ll make.
The image above captures Official Closer™ Jordan Walden, sporting what we might characterize as a business beard — that is, one suitable for white-collar work, and which we might distinguish from the beards worn by Brian Wilson, for example, or teammate Sergio Romo. Those latter beards are much more resemble the sort you’d find on the face of a college student or, you know, 19th-century fur trapper.
Photo evidence (below) suggests that Walden might be in an experimental stage with his beard. More on this situation as it develops. Obviously.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.