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Close Shave: Keith Hernandez sheds his mustache


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

The mustached men of America lost a member today — a famous one.

Keith Hernandez — maybe known more for his mustache than his MVP, World Series’ or Seinfeld appearance — is now just another clean-shaven baseball announcer.

Hundreds gathered to mourn the iconic mustache and celebrate its life outside Citi Field prior to the Mets’ final home game of the season. Barber to the stars, Elliott Chester, was flown in from Las Vegas for the ceremonious shaving.

“It really was one of the best,” said Meg McQuaid, as she watched the final moments of a once great mustache.

Hernandez assured the crowd he was not nervous before his mustache was left to memory.  More than two decades of facial hair were erased with a few strokes of the razor.  All that remained were the whiskers scattered across the Mets announcers’ pants which he wiped away into history.

All was not lost with the shaving. Schick Hydro, who sponsored the event and provided the the instruments that resulted in the ‘staches’ demise, donated $10,000 to the Jacqueline Hernandez Adult Day Health Center in Brooklyn — named for Hernandez’s mother who suffered from Alzeimer’s Disease.

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Rollie Fingers may be among the few excited about the development. Hernandez beat out the handle-barred Hall of Famer in 2007 to be named the American Mustache Institutes’ “Greatest Sports Mustache of All Time.”

“His title will either be given to runner-up Rollie Fingers, an athlete and role model who has never turned his back on the Mustache American community, or Keith’s actions may necessitate revisiting the voting effort altogether,” Dr. Aaron Perlut wrote on AMI’s site.

Whisker free for the first time in 25 years, Hernandez said he never really took to the hirsute look that has become synonymous with the announcer and former MVP.

He will remain sans soup strainer for the remainder of the season, after which he will be faced with another momentous decision: does he let the mustache return.

So how does it feel, now that the upper lip sweater is no more?

According to the freshly shaven Hernandez, “It’s cold.”

Keith Hernandez to shave mustache prior to final home game


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Maybe more than his 1986 World Series ring, his 1979 MVP or his “Seinfeld” appearance, Keith Hernandez was known for his mustache — an upper lip adornment that will soon be no more.

The former Mets firstbaseman and current announcer told Newday’s Neil Best that next week his face will be completely clean shaven for the first time in many moons.

“I can always grow it back,” Hernandez told Best. “It doesn’t take very long if I don’t like it.”

Hernandez relayed to the Newsday sports media reporter that he had in the past shaved his upper lip with the most recent being in 1987.

The shaving will take place prior to the Mets’ final home game on Thursday, September 27.

The ceremonious shaving event is planned for 11:45 a.m. outside Citi Field and will be sponsored by Schick.

Schick will reportedly donate $5,000 to the Jacqueline Hernandez Adult Day Health Center in Brooklyn — named for Hernandez’s mother who suffered from Alzeimer’s Disease.

 

Mets ’86 champs reunite at Strawberry’s


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THE COURIER/Photo by Bob Doda

The World Series Champion 1986 New York Mets – one of the most memorable teams in New York baseball history – recently gathered for their 25th anniversary celebration at Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston. With Game Six on every television screen, almost all of the storied team filed in, including fan favorites Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Ray Knight, Howard Johnson, Jesse Orosco and owner Darryl Strawberry.

“This is a great celebration of who we are and what we have meant to Met fans and all the things we accomplished here,” said Strawberry, who put the series out of reach with a homerun in Game Seven.

Also in attendance was Bill Buckner, first basemen for the Boston Red Sox, whose name has become synonymous with the ’86 Mets team. His error on Wilson’s dribbler up the first baseline ended Game Six after a monumental three-run comeback with two outs and no runners on base.

“He’s one of the classiest players ever,” said Ron Goldstein, a Mets fan who had his picture taken with both Wilson and Buckner. “It feels like a lifetime ago.”

“I wasn’t going to be the goat and make the last out,” said Kevin Mitchell, who singled and scored the game-tying run during the Game Six comeback. “It was an honor for me to play with these guys. It brings back a lot of great memories.”

One Met who was missing from the festivities was Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose team leading 105 Runs Batted In during the regular season led the Mets to the post-season. He is currently battling cancerous brain tumors and recent reports show him making progress

“We are just praying for him,” said Strawberry. “It’s hard not seeing him here because he was such a big part of what we accomplished.”

For Mets fans in attendance, the evening was a surreal experience to rub elbows with their idols of yesteryear. Queens resident Bill Betrulo, who was at Shea Stadium for Games Six and Seven, said it was hard to put in words his feelings toward the team but eventually described the victories as “absolute jubilation.”