Defensive end Brett Keisel and Pirates All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan have the most recognizable and best known beards in Pittsburgh, and all of sports for that matter, and on Tuesday they had a chance to compare them when Keisel took in the Pirates batting practice.
The two joked and laughed about their well-known beards, and the “joys” of growing and maintaining their facial hair, but these are two guys that take their beards seriously.
“His is good,” said Keisel of Hanrahan’s beard. “You can tell he puts time into it. It’s a commitment. Any time you want length and success, you have to make a commitment and that is what he is doing. I think it looks good.
“He has a different style. He doesn’t have the full go, but you have to give him props.”
Hanrahan joked that he was jealous of Keisel’s full beard, which has a website, Facebook page and merchandise line, saying that no matter how hard he tries he can’t get to where Keisel is.
“It’s awesome,” said Hanrahan. “I wish I was fortunate enough to grow one like that. I can only grow it on my chin. He has a big following with that beard. I just started mine two years ago and it’s kind of gross, kind of disgusting, but that is how people recognize me.”
Keisel began growing his beard as a good luck playoff beard, and because of its success has had it return every year. Hanrahan decided last season not to shave his until he blew a save for the Pirates, and when the closer rolled off 26 straight en route to an All-Star selection it stayed.
“I figured I would leave it and let it go and started again this year,” said Hanrahan, sporting one of Keisel’s Da Beard hats. “I had such a good reaction to it from the fans so I grew it out again and I have had another nice season so the beard is a part of that.”
He is hoping his beard brings the Pirates the same kind of luck Keisel’s has brought the Steelers, as the Pirates are currently in the wild card playoff hunt.
“This is the first year in a long time we have been in a position to get in the playoffs,” said Hanrahan. “If it becomes something like that and they want to run with it, I will keep that going.”
Keisel and shortstop Clint Barmes flash the “Zoltan” sign.
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