Cutch: Hair today, gone tomorrow; a lock long ago

“for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation…” 🙂

Change for a Nickel

Might be time for The Cutch to lose the squint. The one through which he seems to have looked at me ever since our first encounter.

On Feb. 3, 2012, Jose Reyes donatedhis signature dreadlocks to South Florida’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A week later, I hit Pirate City for my first official day of covering the Bucs for MLB.com. Entering the players’ clubhouse, I made a beeline for the team’s top player, introduced myself to Andrew McCutchen and, while shaking hands, posed my first of hundreds of questions to the man:

“How much do you think you could get for your dreadlocks?”

McCutchen quickly let go off my hand, squinted at me as if I had three eyes, and recoiled.

“What? What’re you talking about? Nobody’s getting a hand on these,” he said.

I quickly regrouped, explained the fresh Reyes precedent, but some ground rules had been established: This new…

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