I received this e-mail from the American Mustache Institute about mustached baseball players Brendan Ryan and Clay Zavada:
College Professor Leads Pro Athletes, Hero in Goulet Voting
St. Louis — Voting for the “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year” will close at Midnight Wednesday and there’s a surprising leader in the clubhouse.
The winner of the coveted Goulet honor will be named at the American Mustache Institute’s Halloween extravaganza — ‘Stache Bash 2009 featuring John Oates and presented by Quicken, to be held on Oct. 30 in St. Louis at the Orpheum Theater, which is a charity fundraiser for Challenger Baseball, a baseball league for kids and adults with disabilities.
Distancing themselves from the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder, presidential adviser David Axelrod, and the first female ever nominated — the current top four include:
1. Dr. John Yeutter: Green mustache and Chuck Taylor wearing Northeastern State University accounting professor who is one of the school’s most ardent supporters of its sports teams.
2. Clay Zavada: He quit baseball to help manage the family farm after the death of his father, he used the old-school handlebar mustache to cement himself as one of the NL’s top relief men in 2009.
3. Brendan Ryan: Entered the 2009 season as a virtually unknown utility infielder known for his scrappy defense. He then grew a mustache, played Gold Glove quality defense, hit near .300, and led the Cardinals into the playoffs. Too bad his teammates shaved their mustaches or the Cards might still be playing.
4. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger: Life-saving hero of the U.S. Airways crash in the Hudson River.
Who deserves to win this honor that the late Walter Cronkite once called, “As noble as the Nobel Peace Prize?” The choice remains up to the people who can VOTE HERE.
The American Mustache Institute