At Least He Doesn't Worry About Bed Head

When I first saw Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon's moahwk I naturally thought he lost a bet. It's pretty hideous. Look at the party in the back. I thought rookie hazing but he's in his second season. Maybe it was after a night of doing a beer shot a minute for an hour. Turns out he got the mohawk because he won his bet. Yes...a mohawk for winning a bet.

Papelbon had a friendly wager with Kevin Youkalis with Papelbon saying he would have 10 scoreless innings in April before Youkilis would have five home runs with a .350 batting average. Well to Papelbon's delight he won his bet Friday night. Woo hoo! Bring out the clippers. Kids in Boston know what to ask for next time they go to Supercuts!

He must have really wanted that mohawk because Papelbon has been a savior and one of the best closers this season so far. He's throwing like badass Rick Vaughn with control, 8-8 in save opportunities and has been pretty unhittable. His haircut comes in time for Boston's next series with Cleveland. How perfect.

Bad haircut aside, I root for Jonathan. He and his family are from my neck of the woods, Jacksonville, FL. Actually his father has been a long time food sales rep for my family's restaurant. Couldn't be any nicer. Interested in asking his opinion this week. Now if his dad walks in with the matching haircut for support I'll have to take pictures (wishful thinking though). Way back when he was in high school, Jonathan worked at our restaurant as a dishwasher. He lasted a week. Couldn't handle the piles of dishes. I don't blame him. Try doing it for just one weekend. Such good talent gone to waste. It's a shame.

(Finally I'd rather have this mohawk anyday of the week than a mullet.)

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