Minors Mustache Epidemic Spreads to Tulsa

Moustache Night 049.jpgBetween an article, blog post, and an MiLB.com poll, the South Bend Silver HawksJosh Collmenter Mustache Awareness Night received a hefty amount of coverage from yours truly.

But the Silver Hawks’ promotion was merely representative of a larger trend, as mustache celebrations were all the rage in the Minor Leagues this season. And, like mustaches themselves, each of these promotions was unique in its own way.

On August 22nd, the Tulsa Drillers held their own Mustache Awareness Night, and it was a doozy. There was a lot of build-up prior to this extravaganza. The entire front office staff grew mustaches, and the club conducted a poll on its web site, asking fans to vote on the best celebrity mustache of all time.

And then the big day arrived. Drillers promotions assistant Michael Taranto (who also provided the following pictures) reports that “this night coincided with Margaritaville Weekend, so as you can imagine it was funny to see people’s faces as they came to the game and received a fake mustache along with a Hawaiian lei.”

Of course, any mustache promotion worth its salt gets the players involved. Here’s an exclusive dugout shot of some uberstylish Drillers:

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But these guys have nothing on the front office staff.

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But the greatest ‘stache in all of Tulsa belongs to Drillers superfan Richard Kiersey. Here he is on the dugout (alongside Drillers promotions manager Tom Jones) basking in the adulation of his adoring supporters.

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Quite honestly, this is one of my favorite photos of the year. Which reminds me…

Keep the photos coming! Send pictures from Minor League promotions to benjamin.hill@mlb.com.

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