Josh Reddick's 2012 was no fluke

Updated: April 5, 2013, 2:05 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It wasn't a surprise that the immediate reaction on Twitter to Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick's launching a mammoth home run Thursday was about his ridiculously cool beard because, let's face it, it really is cool. It's not quite as shaggy or dark as what former closer Brian Wilson boasted in recent years, but Reddick should nevertheless be proud of himself. If only this was a fantasy category. As for the home run -- a first-inning blast off Seattle Mariners rookie Brandon Maurer, measured at 434 feet -- well, fantasy owners are probably a bit more interested in that.