The new look New York Mets have just rattled off nine wins in a row and look poised to make a push for a playoff spot this year.
After the release of manager Willie Randolph the New York Mets have an extra spring in their step. The change is noticeable enough on the field as the Mets have climbed within a half game of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East with a nine game win streak. But a closer look reveals even more.
New manager Jerry Manuel has the team playing loose and easy with his new style. By contrast, former manager Randolph was very strict. His style was born from his many seasons with the business-like New York Yankees. The old style of clean shaven faces, no music in the club house and business-like attitudes has changed to a loud club house with a bevy of music blaring loudly, players joking and having fun and of course lots of facial hair.
This team transition brings to mind another team in recent years that was more the proud of the unkempt look of the players. Yes, the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Please take time to compare:The 'Ropolitans take: I was going to write about the power derived from the beard, as I went through something similar when I shaved mine off to help the team. Now, since Manuel has taken over, I've grown my beard back, much to the chagrin of my parents.
Go beards! Go Mets!