Aside from winning a World Series ring, an All-Star selection is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a Major League Baseball player. While the game itself might be somewhat of a farce, it’s the All-Star selection which most players are proud of.
Now while some players are disappointed about being snubbed for the All-Star Game, they can seek solace in being selected as the next best thing; a Moustache All-Star. Here is a collection of the best ‘staches of the first half of the 2012 season.
Jeff Samardzija (Chicago Cubs)
If you hadn’t heard the off Jeff Samardzija prior to this season, you’re not alone. Samardzija moved into the Cubs starting rotation this season, and that promotion was undoubtedly precipitated by none other than his moustache.
Looking at his biography, it’s apparent that Jeff Samardzija had the potential for a great moustache all along, as his father Sam played semi-pro hockey. And we all know hockey players have the second best moustaches in sports, next to baseball players of course.
For many years, I had mistakenly referred to the above moustache by Chris Davis as a fu manchu, but according to the American Mustache Institute’s Style Guide, it’s actually a “horseshoe”.
Which incidentally is what the Baltimore Orioles have had up their posteriors the first half of the season.
Dale Thayer (San Diego Padres)
Earlier this season, Dale Thayer enjoyed a brief stint as the closer for the San Diego Padres as Huston Street went on the disabled list. Thayer converted 5 straight save opportunities in May and made the most of his appearances as the interim closer.
Thayer has since slid down the depth chart a few rungs in the Padres bullpen, but I guess that just gives him more time to devote to manicuring and coiffing that lovely ‘stache of his.