ESPN had LeBron and The Decision.
Now the MLB Network hopes to captivate a national audience by featuring another Miami-bound free-agent acquisition in The Haircut.
The all-baseball, all-the-time network obviously has a lot of airtime to fill during the offseason, and they will devote some of it to new Marlin Jose Reyes having his dreadlocks cut Friday at 6 p.m.
The Marlins have changed almost everything in rebranding the franchise for the move to Marlins Park in Miami. But they are sticking to their long-standing policy against players sporting long hair. Ironic, considering the team president is named Samson.
The policy once upset resident superstar Hanley Ramirez. But Reyes, after signing a six-year, $106 million contract in December, said he had no problem shedding the locks he sported with distinction while playing for the Mets.
Agent Chris Leible revealed Reyes’ plans to comply on camera via Twitter, where all momentous announcements are made these days.
Curiously, the above photo of Reyes at bat in his new Marlins uniform was part of the rotation on the giant video board in Marlins Park last Saturday during a Select-a-Seat session. He and his dreads also graced the cover of the sales brochure.
No problem for selling tickets, but once the games begin Reyes will have his hair closely cropped like the rest of the Marlins. Seems rather silly for a franchise that has elected to adopt a bold, colorful look and emphasize the diverse spirit of South Florida. Reyes racing around the bases with dreads flying would seem to amplify that image.
Photo: Jose Reyes won't be sporting dreadlocks once the games start for real. (Craig Davis, Sun Sentinel)