Joba Chamberlain is letting fans choose his facial hair style for opening day


Feb 27, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (44) walks out to field prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball fans, Joba Chamberlain needs you. To help him choose his facial hair for opening day.

No, this is not a gag. In a move straight out of the Bill Veeck playbook, the Tigers pitcher is asking fans to vote on which style of facial hair he should sport when he takes the mound for real games in April.

Unlike the famous Bill Veeck fan manager stunt from the ’50s, the Joba Chamberlain facial hair vote does not require cards. All you need is a Twitter account and the ability to create hashtags.

It’s like those things in video games where you can customize your player, except it’s real.

Via Intentional Talk:

The limitations of Twitter mean we only have four choices. So sadly there’s no #jobafumanchu or #jobapornstache.

Which one should we choose? This could be the toughest vote of our lifetimes.

Whatever you choose, that’s what Joba Chamberlain will do. You have this man’s facial hair fate in your hands.

This makes Face of MLB look like a vote for grade school student president.

Choose the wrong facial hair and Joba’s whole pitching mojo could get screwed up.

I’ve never felt so much pressure in all my life.

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