PITTSBURGH -- Manager John Russell was pretty much the only holdout of Bobby Crosby's mustache challenge, which was issued a week ago to start a six-game homestand. But that was a matter of choice, not circumstance. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno had trouble growing the facial hair, so he finally took matters into his own hands for Sunday's game against the Giants.
"I came out of the trainer's room and, I don't know, I looked at the mirror and I went, 'Everybody's got a mustache,' " Cedeno said.
Cedeno then applied eye black around the top and side of his upper lip before taking the field, drawing the attention of fans, announcers and teammates. He said his teammates called the move "awesome."
"That was my idea," Cedeno said. "Just trying to be a teammate and trying to be relaxed in the game. Just enjoying what I'm doing."
Cedeno snapped an 0-for-20 slide in the ninth with a two-out single to keep the game alive. But don't expect a similar look in the middle of the infield anytime soon.
"It's for one day," Cedeno said, "because I sweat too much."