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Breaking Down The Best Facial Hair In Astros History

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You know you wanted to grow out those chin whiskers again, Baggy. You know you did.
You know you wanted to grow out those chin whiskers again, Baggy. You know you did.

Now, this is a fun post. I got an email last night asking if we could write something on the best mustaches, mullets and the like in team history.

Five seconds hadn't passed before the subject of this post leapt to mind. With all due respect to Kevin Bass's 'stache, Danny Darwin's glorious small 'stache, Phil Garner's soup strainer, Lance Berkman's stubble/goatee, Randy Johnson's signature mullet, Geoff Blum's multi-colored hair or even Brett Myer's funky facial hair, there is only one subject worthy of this particular post.

That's the new version of Jeff Bagwell's goatee he grew in 2000. I'll link to the picture here, but know it was much, much fluffier in my memories. That thing was almost down to his chest, I swear.

I like to think of Bagwell's beard growth as his "I'm Keith Hernandez" moment. It didn't last the season, but it was spectacular while it was with us. After that, Bagwell went back to his close-kept goatee for much of the rest of his career, after starting out all clean shaven.

Sometimes, though, it'd get a little long and the jokes would start flowing around our house about that 2000 goatee monster making its appearance again.

What about you? Were there any other folicle-related players that you remember? Can anything top Bagwell's over-the-top goatee? Were there any pre-80's 'staches or side burns that I didn't cover?