(Stephen Strasburg grew a beard. Screengrab via Strasburg5K.com.)
The news that Stephen Strasburg has grown a beard following his Tommy John surgery spread like wildfire throughout NatsTown on Wednesday. Indeed, a bearded Baseball Jesus appeared in a video on the Strasburg 5K website promoting the Inaugural Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk & Fun Run with Tony Gwynn, which takes place in San Diego on January 15. That's a werid looking beard, but from this day forward all beards will now be referred to as "Strasburgs." Any questions?
Interestingly (or not really, but pitchers and catchers don't report for another 40 days, so we're grasping), Strasburg's beard looks eerily similar to the strange neck beard worn by current Nats' Ace Livan Hernandez during the second half of the 2010 season. Here, compare and contrast the image of Strasburg above with the following Associated Press image of Livo pitching in a September game against the Pirates:
Those are a couple of weird beards, huh?