Earlier this week the Arizona Republic’s Paola Boivin made her case that Dan Haren should get the all-star game start instead of Tim Lincecum:
Like Haren, San Francisco’s Lincecum, 25, has pitched brilliantly, but Haren, 28, has a better ERA (2.01 vs. 2.33), better opponent (.219 vs. 270) and better strikeouts-to-walk ratio (8.06 vs. 4.38). Lincecum has a better record (10-2 vs. 9-5) and more strikeouts (149 to 129).
It’s an argument of semantics, a divisive debate about statistics.
After conceding that both pitchers are more or less equally qualified, Boivin proceeded to argue that Haren should get the start because “he’s a reality check” and is unafraid to challenge his teammates when they’re struggling.
But you know what, Paola? Lincecum has an awesome mullet. And when the choice is between two similar pitchers, one who’s a clubhouse leader and one who’s got phenomenal hair that is half ironic fashion statement and half tribute to teammate and 300 game winner Randy Johnson, I’m going with the hair every time.
I’m glad to see Manuel feels the same.
Now, if Haren took a page from teammate Clay Zavada and grew an awesome handle-bar mustache, that might tip the scales a bit.