Mustache Watch: Jordan Walden

On the one hand, yes, it’s called Mustache Watch, which would seem to confine our interests merely to facial hair of the upper lip. On the other hand, NotGraphs has distinguished itself in the baseballing community for its generosity of spirit. In such cases where it’s possible to be inclusive without compromising our authority in matters whimsical, that’s the choice we’ll make.

The image above captures Official Closer™ Jordan Walden, sporting what we might characterize as a business beard — that is, one suitable for white-collar work, and which we might distinguish from the beards worn by Brian Wilson, for example, or teammate Sergio Romo. Those latter beards are much more resemble the sort you’d find on the face of a college student or, you know, 19th-century fur trapper.

Photo evidence (below) suggests that Walden might be in an experimental stage with his beard. More on this situation as it develops. Obviously.

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  1. Yirmiyahu says:

    I think, technically, Walden has both a mustache AND a beard.

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  2. Resolution says:

    While it is true that perhaps a beard can be broken down into a mustache + some form of extended sideburns, to take such a reductionist approach would be an injustice to the beard. The beauty of the beard lies in its gestalt. That being said, I think it’s perfectly cromulent to feature a beard in ‘mustache watch’.

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  3. Jesse Gloyd says:

    I’ve always referred to the afformentioned business beard as The Boggs.

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  4. Daniel says:

    ruh roh. i spy an inverted W and future elbow concerns due to faulty mechanics!

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  5. Mark says:

    The beard and the mustache are really groomed separately. The mustache needs more trimming do to the location so close to the mouth. So it is in fact a different entity.

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  6. joe says:

    Have you profiled Cantu yet? Robust.

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