Does Andrew Miller's Hair Signal a Return of the Red Sox Idiots?
Andrew Miller looks like a mountain man.
With shoulder-length locks and a bushy beard, Miller resembles Tom Hanks stranded on a desert island for at least a year.
Is it attractive? Not even a little bit. But it's the Red Sox way.
It's been a little while since the Red Sox have had a guy that truly embraces the old "Lovable Idiots" style of 2004, most notably worn by the Lovable Idiot, Johnny Damon. Before switching to the dark side and receiving his Yankee clipping in 2005, Damon was once beloved in Boston for his Jesus-like hair and untamed beard.
Boston's lack of a strict grooming code has notoriously set them far apart from the clean-cut pretty boys in New York—and that's the way they like it.
Along with Damon in 2004 was Manny Ramirez, whose long braids were just a small part of his eccentric character.
Even Pedro Martinez's kinky strands crept dangerously close to his shoulders, and Kevin Millar sported a goatee full of character.
There was something about these scraggly, unkempt guys that made them lovable underdogs. They had distinct personalities. They were goofy and a little quirky, but those quirks made them unique. They were just so incredibly fun to watch.
And then those idiots went on the win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.
But all of those players are long gone now, and the 2012 Red Sox weren't even likable, let alone lovable.
Andrew Miller's hair represents a shift back towards the good times, or at the very least, in the opposite direction of recent bad times.
The Red Sox have loudly made a point to bring in guys that come equipped with good character references, known to lead and inspire their teammates. And Martinez and other 2004 greats like Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek have been hanging around camp to share their wisdom.
The organization is turning over a new leaf and hoping it's a lot like the old one. So with that, it's probably best that Miller stays away from the scissors.
It would be bad juju to get a haircut.
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