Friday, October 19, 2012

Pittsburgh's Moustache Man

Pittsburgh could be home to the next winner of the Robert Goulet Memorial Moustached American of the Year Award.  A Mount Washington gentleman, aptly named Adam Paul Causgrove, is in the running for a prestigious national facial hair award with his finely groomed handlebar moustache.   Mr. Causgrove beat out nearly 900 entrants to qualify as a finalist by the American Moustache Institute (AMI). 

Who is Adam Paul Causgrove?  Well, according to his profile and diligent interviewing skills, he is a fixture in the nonprofit scene around Pittsburgh.  For example, he has run Tailgreat for over six years; a yearly tailgate which benefits charities such as Steps to Independence and the Pittsburgh Animal League. Adam also spearheaded the creation of Mt. Washington Olympia dog park and is a founding member of Side Project, Inc., a group committed to helping local non profits receive government grants and funding. Causgrove's infamous upper lip has also become the real life mascot, Sir Reginald, of Old Frothingslosh beer and Penn t-shirt company.  The 28-year-old University of Pittsburgh graduate can also be seen umpiring softball games for the Pittsburgh Sports League.  This moustache is totally genuine as Mr. Causgrove has dedicated several years of grooming and ordering countless jars of Captain Fawcett's Moustache Wax from England to perfect the look.   Men around Pittsburgh absolutely love the stache, going out of their way to give him a high-five or buying him a beer.   

Pittsburghers, Adam Paul Causgrove needs your help: voting for the Robert Goulet Memorial Moustached American of the Year is taking place a and ends on October 27, 2012.  The winner will be announced at ‘Stache Bash 2012, presented by Wahl Trimmers.  Adam faces tough competition as longtime NFL coach Jeff Fisher, MLB umpire Jim Joyce, and Indiana Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg are among 14 finalists this year.  Past winners include Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford (2011), and Tim Galvin (2008), a retired New York City police detective.  This honor also places Causgrove among the pantheon of great Pittsburgh celebrity staches as The Blast Furnace has added him to the acclaimed Famous Pittsburgh Mustaches list.  The handlebar style pays homage to the Pittsburgh's classic Industrial Revolution look worn by robber barons and mill workers alike.

Follow-up October 29, 2012:  Adam Paul Causgrove was named the winner of the Robert Goulet Memorial Moustached American of the Year Award receiving 66% of the 1.3 million votes cast.  Adam was announced the winner at 'Stache Bash 2012 in ArizonaCongrats to Mr. Causgrove!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Witnessing a No-hitter


The Pirates and Reds headed into the sixth inning on a cool autumn Friday night and a buzz began throughout the PNC Park crowd of 34,796.  Reds pitcher Homer Bailey had not allowed a single hit to the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates.  As the game progressed more excitement began to generate. 

Some typical Pittsburgh fans of course began their traditional early exit from the park. My friends and I figured that they either were totally oblivious to what was happening or they were worried that their car was going to turn into a pumpkin at 10:00pm.  We were not surprised.  Sitting in the stands, I was conflicted on how to react to a potential no-hitter.  On one hand I wanted the Pirates to get that one hit to avoid another embarrassment in yet another disappointing season.  On the other hand, I wanted to witness a no-hitter in person since it is such a rare feat.  The ninth inning arrived and I decided to root for Bailey. 

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Pirates outfielder Alex Presley came to the plate, fans were on their feet to witness history.  Presley quickly popped out to the outfield grass to Reds second baseman Brandon Philips to clinch the no-hitter.  This was the seventh no-hitter this season and 279th all time.  Homer Bailey's final line was 9 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 10 K, and 1 BB.  The Reds right-hander had allowed only two base runners during the course of the game, a walk and another Pirate reached on a fielding error. 

The Pirates had not been no-hit since Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson performed the feat in 1971.  Being a huge baseball fan, this was one of those moments that any enthusiast had to see once in a lifetime.  Friends and I took the opportunity to savor the masterpiece that we just witnessed, snapping photos of the throng of Bailey's teammates congratulating him near the mound and the scoreboard displaying the 0's lining the Pirates line score.  Sure there were some fans who seemed upset and displayed apathy to the event as this was an exclamation point to the Pirates historic collapse. 

This rare accomplishment is something I may never see again in person so it was appropriate to soak it all in.  I just cannot imagine the thrill this would have been had a Pirate tossed a hit less game.  What's next to cross off on this baseball fan's bucket list?  A perfect game? Visiting classic ballparks around the country?  A World Series win by the hometown team will suit me just fine.