You know my interest is captured when the WWE is combined with the Oakland Athletics. The “Beard-Off” between WWE superstar Daniel Bryan and Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick might be my favorite story in a long time. It combines sports and sports entertainment, which is essentially the vision of my writing style. It has a little something for everyone; if there is something it lacks, I’d like to hear it. Perhaps the most fascinating element of the “Beard-Off” is the screaming endorsement it provides the power of social media. Just five years ago, Josh Reddick’s name does not get mentioned on Monday Night RAW. There wasn’t even a remote chance the Oakland A’s right fielder communicates with the WWE Tag Team Champion, with the world listening (I don’t remember the Jermaine Dye/Billy Gunn feud).
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Reddick has always been fond of the WWE; any A’s fan will tell you that. They hang a “Reddick World Order” sign in the outfield bleachers, and often play “The Game” by Motorhead before his plate appearances. Until Daniel Bryan responded to Reddick’s tweets, he was just a goofy, young baseball player that fit the surprise 2012 AL West Champion Athletics’ personality. The A’s had the ripped Cuban import, an all-rookie starting rotation, an Aussie closer with anger management issues, and a kid with a golden arm that likes wrestling. Five years ago, it would’ve been a funny little story about the hooligan Oakland Athletics, but it would’ve stopped there.
Those of us lucky enough to be alive in 2013 get to see it become this:
Daniel Bryan photo from Anton Jackson http://www.flickr.com/photos/antonjackson/
Reddick/Cespedes photo from Keith Allison http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/