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The Beard and the Mythos

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Casey Blake's official 2010 headshot sans beard.
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Throughout history the beard has been the symbol of masculinity and virility. Zeus and Poseidon are always pictured with one. The book of Leviticus forbids a man to harm the edges of his beard. Hockey players grow out their beards during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the Dodgers there’s Casey Blake. The minute he stepped foot on the playing field at Dodger Stadium he was noted for his beard. Which is why when he shaved it for charity during the offseason it came as a shock to many fans.

By the end of the Dodgers’ most recent road trip Blake was only hitting .233 with only three homers, the decreased production people all across the World Wide Internets attributed to his non-hirsute looks.

Now that the beard has started to come back, so has his production. He has gone 8-for-17 with two homers and a double so far during this home stand. However he is reluctant to attribute it to his beard when I asked him about it.