The fine folks at The 700 Level found a picture of Eric Bruntlett holding up a bass while fishing a couple weeks ago at Clear Lake in California.
Bruntlett was tagging along with the folks at TackleTour.com. A guy he knows, knows the guys who run that Web site.
What interested me about this wasn’t necessarily that Bruntlett is a fisherman. Many ballplayers spend their offseasons hunting, fishing, etc. What interested me is that many fans seemed to be enamored with Bruntlett’s beard.
Comments at The 700 Level included:
“Best. Beard. Ever.”
“That beard is made of pure awesome.”
“He looks like Yukon Cornelius.”
“He has a long career after baseball as a deck hand on one of the Deadliest Catch boats.”
So it was with some disappointment when Bruntlett arrived in camp this week with his beard noticeably shorter than in the picture.
So, what happened to the beard, Eric?
“It was nasty,” he said. “You saw the pictures. It was curly. It was a little scary. It was too much. I don’t want to scare people here. They probably wouldn’t have let me in the place.”