OF Colby Rasmus didn't expect to make his first headlines with the Rays because of his scraggly chin beard.
Rasmus chuckled Thursday at all the attention, and Internet hate, he is getting for the chin beard he grew for no specific reason - and shaved off for a good one.
"It's kind of simple really, I'm not really trying to make a statement or nothing. I just started growing it out and it doesn't grow too good up here on my face and I don't like to get the bumps on my neck. It felt good to me,'' he said. "But you know how judgmental people are, they try to tell me what I should feel and how it feels on my face.''
Rasmus - unfortunately, or fortunately if you are in the blog business - still had the beard for the Rays Photo Day on Saturday, so the pictures have circulated widely on the Internet.
The website deadspin.com did a post saying the beard could make you "puke" and the Rays tweeted a photo Wednesday of him clean-shaven.
Rasmus decided a couple days later to shave it off - at the suggestion of his wife, Megan, not so much because she hated it but because it was the lesser of two evils.
"My wife wanted me to do it,'' he said. "I told her I was going to grow my hair back out so she didn't want me to have both. She didn't want me to look too homely, I guess.''
Noting how he tends to find his way in the headlines for odd reasons, Rasmus said we may not have seen the last of the scraggly look that riled people up.
"I liked it,'' he said. "I may have to grow it back now and get 'em going even more.''
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