Okay, so here goes the old man in me talking again, but I can't believe the way Chris Perez looks as he tries to make the Cardinals squad out of spring training -- not to mention securing one of the most important spots on the pitching staff.
His hair is long and ratty looking and he appears to shave about once every five days.
Now, I realize that results on the field are what matter. But I think he is a little young and un-established at the major league level to be on the excentric side. It would be nice if players showed a little more respect for the game by being on time and arriving bright eyed and bushy tailed.
The Cardinals have been on Perez's case about keeping his weight down. So, when his appearance is already in question, I think it's a bad signal for him to show up looking like an unmade bed.
Perez reminds me of the Crash Davis' shower shoes lecture from one of the best all-time baseball movies, Bull Durham:
Your shower shoes have fungus on them.
You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes.
Think classy, you'll be classy.
If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful.
Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.