College baseball facial hair is an important, if rather niche, internet genre. Bethune-Cookman’s Austin Garcia knows well the importance of keeping a sanitary beardscape, and Texas A&M’s pitching staff is famous for sporting playoff mustaches during tournament time.
So, Long Beach State is hosting Cal State Fullerton in a west coast super regional this weekend, and both teams’ facial hair is here to see and be seen. Long Beach right fielder Brock Lundquist’s robber baron mustache is straight out of the Gilded Age, for instance.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time phantoms and specters from beyond the grave have interfered with the living human sport called baseball:
So I can’t think of any reason for this unexplained phenomenon other than supernatural involvement. Not a single one.
When there’s something strange … in the stadium… who you gonna call? The grounds crew!
The Braves would go on to win the game, 3-1, giving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his first victory in over a month so maybe there was something otherworldly about this game after all.
In many respects, college baseball media coverage has yet to provide consistent, adroit analysis over the span of an entire season, but D1Baseball has made great strides in treating the sport in a systematic, general way. All eight of this year’s CWS teams, in fact, ranked in D1B’s preseason top 25, the lowest being Cal State Fullerton at No. 20. Kendall Rogers and Aaron Fitt are must-follows on Twitter, especially come tournament time.