The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball community has lost another pioneer.
The beard of hard throwing closer Joel Hanrahan has died late Wednesday night in a Milwaukee sink. It was just over 162 games old.
The Amish artwork that grew on Hanrahan’s chin in 2011 enjoyed a fantastic ride. Many reports circulated throughout Spring Training back in February that the Pirates closer wanted to get a head start on a playoff beard, and did he ever.
She was a beaut.
After you take a moment of silence, please enjoy the show.
She will be missed..deeply missed.
UPDATE: According to reports, and to nobody’s surprise who watched her this season, the beard refused to go down easily. The sink is officially out of order. (Sorry about having one less sink when you roll into town Kirk Gibson, just tell the boys to grow a playoff beard in her honor.)
But just like that…in a few brutal pulls of a Gillete, all that was wonderful was gone. Forever.