Gooden conceded by shaving over the summer, allowing Stevenson to show up to camp (mostly) clean shaven. Big mistake. The Wizards opened the year 2-12, prompting at least one person to blame Stevenson's noticeable lack of face fur.
After helping the Wiz pick up their third win last night, Stevenson is a believer. From the Washington Post:
He also heeded the advice of his mother, who told him he needed to grow back his beard to regain his shooting touch. The beard hasn't grown back fully, but for at least one night, Stevenson proved to children everywhere that you should listen to your mother.It's a start, but he has a long way to catch up with Gooden's Pirates-inspired look.
"Yes. I'm keeping the beard," Stevenson said. "We got one on the road against a team we thought we gave away the first game. This is a new month. We are 1-0 on this month."