So does Bryce get to keep his beard?
Among many other things, Joe Girardi was asked Monday about which rules he will implement as the Phillies' manager. His "no facial hair" policy from the 2006 Marlins - a subject of much internet consternation over the last week - was brought up. Girardi didn't address that one directly, but by explaining which rules he values, he made it pretty clear that won't be one of them.
"I'm not gonna hand them a list of 25 rules and expect them to memorize them," Girardi said. "Simple things, though. Be on time. Be prepared. Be accountable to each other. Be respectful of each other. Be respectful to the people around us that have to do their jobs.
"No competing music. I don't mind loud music but I don't want to hear one band playing over here and one over there. Rules about the training room.
"But as long as you're on time, you're prepared, you're accountable and focused on winning, is there really anything else?"
Girardi's press conference was half storytelling and half Q&A. He said the right things. He came off as genuine and personable, close to an everyman. It will play well in Philadelphia.