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No close shave as Boston Red Sox paint town red

Billy on the Box

I've never really got to grips with facial hair, partly because of my cherubic good looks but mainly as I tend to look like I've just escaped from somewhere.

I have started though to embrace the more flamboyant sock, a result of watching Mark Carruthers on The View and finding his dashing scarlet numbers a damned sight more interesting than the green and orange worn by his grey guests.

And what, pray tell, has this to do with sport, I hear you cry?

Well, it was the final instalment of the World Series baseball last week and BT Sport (ESPN in a new pair of socks if we're being honest) was there all the way as the St Louis Cardinals took on the Boston Red Sox.

This created many dilemmas. I've always had a soft spot for the Red Sox but this has been tempered in recent times by their links with another sports team bedecked in a similar hue on Merseyside.

Add into this that their players decreed that they wouldn't shave during the play-offs and the fans turned up in their droves like an Abu Hamza tribute act as the 'Fear the Beard' campaign took hold.

Game six was to be the decider, marvellous presenting duo Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe welcoming us to Fenway Park, where it was 'like a volcano getting ready to erupt,' but with all that hair surely that was a fire hazard.

The World Series finale – nice to see two American teams getting through for a change – was more of a damp squib though as Boston romped home meaning that we got to see team owner John Henry lift the trophy.

The man who also owns Liverpool emerged through the smoke of fireworks like an act on Stars In Your Eyes and promptly disappeared before he could even utter the words 'tonight Matthew, I'm going to be George McFly.'

However he has decreed that Liverpool are now set to launch their own 'Fear The Beard' initiative in an effort to break their Premier League hoodoo – just as well Razor Ruddock is long gone.

Mind you, Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard could look like members of ZZ Top before they pull that off.

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