Napoli: Andrus looks like Abe Lincoln

Updated: April 8, 2014, 11:44 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who knows plenty about facial hair, wants former Texas Rangers teammate Elvis Andrus to shave his beard.

"Elvis' beard is terrible, by the way -- horrendous," Napoli said in an interview on 105.3 FM in Dallas. "He cuts half his chin off, too. Yeah, it's terrible. He looks like Abe Lincoln."

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsMike Napoli had this to say about the beard of former Rangers teammate Elvis Andrus: "He looks like Abe Lincoln. ... He has to cut that thing off. It's so bad it's almost embarrassing. I can't even look at him it's so bad."

Napoli joked with Andrus prior to Monday night's game between the Rangers and Red Sox, telling him it was time to shave.

"He has to cut that thing off," Napoli, who still is sporting his beard from last year's Red Sox title run, said in the radio interview. "It's so bad it's almost embarrassing. I can't even look at him it's so bad."

Andrus grew the beard in the offseason, saying he wanted to try a different look, and he's stuck with it. If he's superstitious at all, he won't be shaving it anytime soon, as he's hitting .321 (9-for-28) with one homer and three RBIs so far this season.

Andrus dealt with arm issues in spring training after not throwing during the offseason, but has played without issue through the first week of the season.

Napoli, who played for the Rangers during the club's World Series run in 2011, has nearly identical numbers to Andrus. He's also 9-for-28, but has two homers and seven RBIs. The Red Sox beat the Rangers, 5-1, in the first game of the series on Monday.

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