Will 2009 Be The Year David Wright and The New York Mets Grow "Staches"?
The 1986 Mets were the World Champs, they were a unique bunch with very strong personalities who brawled each other and everyone else, and several of them sported facial hair, namely mustaches.
In 2006, the Mets all shaved their heads in support of David Wright after he did so one night in early May while the team was in San Francisco.
At the time, Wright was mired in a horrible April slump made worse by an emotional reaction to his brother being involved in the tragedy at Virginia Tech. His brother was luckily not injured, but he was on his way to campus that morning and was one of the lucky few who escaped harm that morning.
Much is being said and posted this past week about Wright and the Mets going with the "stache" look. This is huge for publicity and could be very good for this team who are very close knit, which was something the 1986 team was not, but they didn't care, they won, bottom line.
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If Wright does grow a mustache, most likely his teammates will follow him, but none of us would want to see it done because of an emotional issue, but if its all done in the name of fun, than so be it, grow your hair guys.
Willie Randolph did not allow his players to have facial hair while on the field, Jerry Manuel is fine with how they wear their hair during the season, he wants them to be individuals, not carbon copies of one another.
After the past two seasons, the Mets do need to in essence start over with a clean slate in their new stadium.
Time will tell if the mustache thing takes hold, but you can be assured if Wright starts it, they will follow him.
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