If you’re a baseball fan, you may know the name Gio Gonzalez. If you aren’t here are the most pertinent facts about him – he’s a 29 year-old left-handed pitcher for the Washington Nationals, formerly played for the Oakland A’s, and his beard is officially sponsored by Wahl.
As much as I love baseball, it has a way of continually making me feel bad about myself. I see 20 year-old kids who can’t even legally rent a car signing $30 million dollar contracts, and I’m over here ranting about the price of Starbucks coffee. Mike Trout grew up two towns away from me in south New Jersey, and now he’s Mr. Baseball. I’m just Mr. Watches Too Much Netflix.
But Gonzalez having his beard sponsored is equal parts intriguing and absurd.
The Washington Post reported in late June that Wahl had inked an unprecedented four month sponsorship of Gonzalez’s beard, the terms of which include that he must keep his face sweater conditioned and well-groomed, and any reference to his beard must be preceded by the phrase “brought to you/sponsored by Wahl”.
God speed to the first journalist that accidentally utters “beard” at a post-game press conference.
This announcement came after Wahl’s latest press release citing Washington, D.C. as the number one “most facial hair friendly city in the country”. Which turns out to be great news for Gonzalez, as he stated in Wahl’s press release that “Facial hair just fits my personality. For me, it’s about confidence, comfort and above all, sexiness.”
That statement might be right up there with Allen Iverson’s infamous “We talkin’ about practice” quote. We talkin’ about sexiness!
The good news is that Wahl has some very generous plans in mind to accompany Gonzalez’s sponsorship. Over the course of the next four months, Wahl will be hitting the road to visit the 10 most facial hair friendly cities around the nation, bringing with them a 30 foot mobile barber shop and a team of barbers offering free trims to bearded gents. For every trim, Wahl is donating $1 to a foundation called Zero, a non-profit organization leading the fight against prostate cancer. Wahl’s tour will see them on the road until early October, visiting Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Nashville, Indianapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles. You can even take a shot at joining the ranks of Gio Gonzalez and getting your beard sponsored, and being named Wahl Man of the Year.
For more information on Wahl’s sponsorship and Man of the Year guidelines, as well as dates on their current tour, visit grooming.wahl.com/official-sponsor, and beard on!