You have to feel for picture day portrait artists. There are only so many ways to take a worthwhile picture of a man’s face without getting too cute. After pouring over enough boring head shots from MLB’s various picture days, you soon gain an appreciation for those who at least try.
Try to make your shots interesting, even if it only ends in tears like poor, pensive Strasburg seen above. At least you tried.
Without further ado, hit the jump for some of the best and beardiest of this year’s picture day photos! Vote for your favorite beard in the comment section.
Early contender for best beard, if not best man. Jayson Werth, I want you to teach me things. Things about life and things about livin’, man.
Lots of fun had at Joba’s expense re: his inexplicable moustache. I say go with, Joba. Go with it and OWN it.
Poor Eli Whiteside. The well-travelled catcher was waived and claimed three times in the moment it took for the camera lens to open and close in capturing this photo.
This is what “getting too cute” looks like. The entire Giants team took weird photos inside this old-style jacuzzi tub. Which is just about the weirdest thing I’ve seen.
Beard alert! Andrew Miller looks right as well as terrifying!
Pretty excited for Justin Sellers‘ follow-up 7″ to the stand out Death Before DFA release with “Joe Torre can suck it” inscribed on the record matrix.
MONEYBALL JOKE GOES HERE, NERD.
It’s good to be (afraid of) the King.
No words. Not a one.
Strong beard entry from Jason Motte. Should be bulletproof by October.
Jason Giambi is both intense and in his forties. A deadly combination – literally. Watch that blood pressure, Giambino.
Heath Bell needed a hug after a tough season but nobody stepped up to the plate so Bell took care of it himself.
A boy and his dream job, together at last.