Sox = Soggy Bottom Boys reincarnated?

September, 11, 2013
Mike Napoli and Jonny GomesAP Photo/Colin E. BraleyMike Napoli and Jonny Gomes sport the bearded look that's popular among their teammates.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- What do such Red Sox players as Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Carp have in common with Ulysses Everett McGill and his fellow escapees, Delmar and Pete, from a Mississippi chain gang?


What do you think of the Soggy Bottom Boys nickname for the 2013 Red Sox?


Discuss (Total votes: 4,454)

Some of you might think nothing whatsoever. The film buffs among you, and those with a particular sense of humor, might see why we here at ESPN Boston looked at your bearded Red Sox heroes and were reminded of the "Soggy Bottom Boys," the protagonists in the 2000 Coen brothers film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

The film is loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey" and starred George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman and Holly Hunter. In the course of the film, the fugitives unwittingly record a hit record, "Man of Constant Sorrow," which they perform in the film while hiding behind phony beards.

The Sox beards are real, of course. But we offer you a chance to judge for yourself. Take a look at the photos and vote in our poll.

Soggy Bottom BoysCourtesy of Touchstone PicturesThe Soggy Bottom Boys, left to right: Pete Hogwallop (played by John Turturro), Delmar O'Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson), Everett McGill (George Clooney) and Tommy Johnson (Chris Thomas King).

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