BOSTON — The bearded rockers from ZZ Top are rooting on the scruffy Red Sox in the World Series.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons told the Associated Press that the group likes what it sees in the Boston beards. In an email Wednesday, Gibbons said ZZ Top is "right in step" with the Red Sox style.
"Beards, balls and bats have long been a presence on the diamond, going back to the very beginnings of baseball," he wrote. "We're right in step with the phenomenon of the cultivation of chin whiskers which has boosted our Boston buddies to do as well as they have.
"It's really no surprise as we've long been within the curve as far as our RBI (Rock Beard Index) goes!"
Vocalist and bassist Dusty Hill, who like Gibbons sports a long beard, said the Red Sox are "looking good."
The longtime group — whose clean-shaven drummer is named Frank Beard — was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the year the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought. One of the women on the group's videos Legs and Sharp Dressed Man was married to former pitcher Matt Keough.
"You know, there's a lot of talk about the Boston Red Sox and all the beards coming there," Hill said in a video sent to the AP. "Personally speaking, the style of the beard I think is perfect for baseball. Too much longer, it's going to get in your way. Too much shorter, I don't know — it's not really a real beard.
"So I think they're right on the money. Looking good," he said, stroking his beard.