DETROIT -- His looks more like a teenager’s feeble attempt at facial hair while many of his Boston Red Sox teammates resemble lumberjacks, but Jake Peavy wouldn’t have it any other way.
In an attempt to maintain unity with his brothers, Peavy has for the last month maintained a whispy beard by which he’s frankly disgusted. He knows his effort pales in comparison with the hearty bushes produced by the likes of Mike Napoli, David Ross, Jonny Gomes and Dustin Pedroia -- any of whom could enter the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany next month.
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But Peavy grows on any way even though he finds his Chin-Muffler to be “nasty.”
Peavy, who was acquired by the Red Sox on July 30 from the White Sox, said the team’s Brillo Brushes are a symbol for Boston’s resurgence. One year after they finished 69-93 and were rife with turmoil that eventually led to manager Bobby Valentine’s firing, the Red Sox rebounded behind a new coaching staff to win a major-league best 97 games.
“It’s kind of become a theme here and a sign of unity,” Peavy said. “This team went through a lot last year. It started in spring training where a lot of guys said ‘You know what, this is a new chapter. This clubhouse isn’t going to get broken up. We’re going to be a family.’ A few of the guys got the beard thing going and here we are looking like this, which is awful. I apologize. It is what it is and I’m happy to have it.”
Teammate Matt Thornton’s Soup-Saver is much more in line with the rest of the Red Sox players. The left-hander has had little difficulty producing a face full of hair. Though he hasn’t been included on the team’s postseason roster in either series, Thornton still has had his share of fun.
“I’m along for the party now and having fun and enjoying the atmosphere,” Thornton said.
Thornton has enjoyed everything, including ribbing Peavy for his lackluster attempt at a grizzled look.
“Yeah,” Thornton said with a laugh. “(It needs work) for sure.”