08/16/2010 8:00 AM
Tom Selleck. Keith Hernandez. Wally Backman. Rollie Fingers. Ron Burgundy. Mario and Luigi. Hamilton Bennett?
Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Hamilton Bennett has become one of the team’s most popular players this summer. Bennett is the first player out of the clubhouse before each game, signs an endless stream of autographs, has caught over 100 ceremonial pre-game pitches, and has contributed steady work out of the Brooklyn bullpen.
However, there is one thing that stands above all else as the contributing factor in Bennett’s popularity – The ‘Stache.
Bennett has cultivated a pristine and plentiful mustache that has become his trademark feature. On Tuesday, August 31st, the Cyclones will pay tribute to their reliever with Hamilton Bennett Mustache Mayhem Night. That night, Cyclones staffers will unveil their own Hamilton Bennett-themed soup strainers (which they will grow from now until then), and treat Brooklyn to a bevy of mustachio-themed entertainment and promotions, including:
- Facial Hair Free-for-All: Anyone with a mustache will receive one free GA Bleacher seat for the August 31st game
- Mustache Giveaway: If you can’t – or won’t – grow your own, the Cyclones will be giving out stick-on mustaches to the first 1,000 fans to walk through the gates
- Name That ‘Stache: Close-ups of celebrity top-lip topiaries will appear on the videoboard, with fans asked to name the famous faces on which they appear
- Best Mustache in Brooklyn: Fans who think they have what it takes can register to have their mustaches judged between innings, and claim the borough-wide honor (mustaches will be judged on thickness, shape, color, and texture, among other attributes)
“I didn’t think my mustache was such a big deal,” laughs Bennett. “As minor league players, a mustache is the only type of facial hair we’re allowed to have, and it has to be kept neat. My dad’s always worn one, so I decided to give it a shot, and the next thing I know, all of Brooklyn is focused on it!”
“Hamilton’s a great guy, and we wanted to thank him for all the community work and off-the-field assistance he gives the team,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen, who has agreed to join the festivities by growing a mustache of his own. “We thought this would be a fun way to show our appreciation for everythingt he does, and let our fans have a good time with it, as well.”