"For a pitcher to maximize his effectiveness and consistently throw strikes, this motion must remain balanced throughout. That's where the beard comes in." "Doolittle's beard is actually an incredibly dense counterweight. And that's because of all the dark matter located between each of the individual hair strands. Were Doolittle to shave the beard, we would soon see his windup turn from a tight corkscrew to something more resembling a spinning top about to fall over."