Are those fun-loving World Series winning White Sox
Not really. General manager Ken Williams doesn't want Buehrle to
get hurt and threatened to fine him if he repeated his
slip-and-slide performance from Sunday's rain-delayed win over
Pierzynski and Crede got the word from owner Jerry Reinsdorf --
relayed to them by Williams -- that he'd like a neater appearance.
Both have long blond hair sticking out from their caps, a style
Crede started last season when the team was winning or he was
"Jerry Reinsdorf asked me to tell them to get a haircut and
look more presentable. So I asked them to get a haircut and look
more presentable," Williams said Monday.
"Rules are rules and you got to follow them," Crede said,
adding he'd never gotten a haircut previously in the city of
Chicago. He did have a trim this spring in Arizona.
"If you got to cut it, you got to cut it," he said.
Pierzynski, who dabbled in some professional wrestling promotion
in the offseason, said he already had an appointment Thursday to
get a haircut when Williams approached him with Reinsdorf's
request. He might have an opportunity, he says, to have his locks
trimmed as part of another promotion to raise money for charity.
"Joe's been hitting the ball pretty good. I think he should
keep his. But me, I always let my hair grow every winter. I always
get it cut April or May. To me I'm just too lazy in the offseason
to go get it cut, so I let it go," Pierzynski said Monday.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said the hair rules are not his, but ones
set down by Reinsdorf many years ago.
"This rule has been here since I got here and was playing. Neat
haircuts. He's not saying you got to be bald," Guillen said. "You
got to go with his rule."
Buehrle thoroughly enjoys putting on a show for fans during rain
delays and the White Sox don't want to their personable left-hander
to change his personality. They don't want him blowing out a knee,
"He needs to find another hobby," Williams had said on Sunday.
"He's afraid I'm going to get hurt. He said there's no fine,
but if I do it again there will be a fine," Buehrle said Monday.
"It's only once in a blue moon you get to do that anyway, so
it's not like it's an every day thing they're taking away for us.
... I'd do it if there was no one in here. It's more fun for me. I
like to go out there and do it. I did it when I was a little kid in
my backyard during the summertime."
Guillen, whose live-wire personality helped the White Sox win
their first World Series in 88 years, said he understands that
Buehrle is having a good time.
"I know he likes to have fun, but when you are playing for this
ball club you always have fun. And this is a pretty dangerous way
to have fun," Guillen said.
But asked what would happen if he were asked to shave off his
goatee, Guillen was, as usual, quick with a joke.
"Get another manager," he said. "I can't. I want to look old.
The last time I shaved my goatee off, people thought it was my
fault we played bad."