Acid Flashback Friday: Dustin McGowan’s Sideburns


The benefit of a quick week is yet another Acid Flashback Friday! Today, we take a trip down memory lane from just a few years ago to recognize two of the best groomed pillars in Blue Jays history, Dustin McGowan’s sideburns.

Now I know that that Dusty’s chops don’t necessarily qualify as “flashback”, but it seems like it has been a few years since they have made an appearance. I also figured it would be pertinent considering that McGowan is throwing off a mound today.

Being a self-appointed aficionado of baseball facial hair, once can’t help but marvel at the sheer size and shape of Dustin McGowan’s sideburns. I mean, those things rival Ozzie Smiths’ sideburns from the late 70’s.


I scoff at Joe Mauer’s pathetic attempt at so-called “sideburns”. Come on Joe, those things need to go at least past your ears to qualify as true sideburns.

We wish Dusty all the best in his mound session today, and hopefully we can see his chops back at the Major League level in the near future.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

6 thoughts on “Acid Flashback Friday: Dustin McGowan’s Sideburns

  • January 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Ian, I'm glad that someone else out there considers himself an aficionado of Major League facial hair. I thought I was the only one. We should start a club.

  • January 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Jmac, trust me – we're not the only ones. I could spend hours just going through old baseball cards and marveling at all the badass moustaches and sideburns.

  • January 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    we need someone on the jays with rollie fingers style 'stache.

  • January 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    If Tallet brings back the stache this season, he is the man to do it.

  • January 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

    If this post helps DMcG come back .001% sooner you've done your job and then some. Keep up the positve thoughts for Dusty…

  • January 30, 2010 at 4:32 am

    I do what I can, Mattt! Honestly, although it's been nothing but good news so far for McGowan, I'm keeping my hopes very very low. The rotation will be fine without him this season, but if he's back … all the better!

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