Sunday's sports section was a little shocking. It featured a story about a Royals victory (rare these days) as well as a large picture of team manager Trey Hillman without his magnificent mustache.
Hillman is a man of robust and varied facial hair. He was clean-shaven when he became Royals manager. For much of this season, he'd been sporting the graying goatee.
A writer at KC Sports Podcast noted the resemblance between the mustachioed Hillman and Punch-Out!! fighter Soda Popinski.
Perhaps, in shaving the resplendent beast, Hillman was hoping to avoid connotations of a different punching bag, failed Royals skipper Tony Muser.