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Hanley Ramirez hasn’t cut his hair in five years

03.14.17 at 5:04 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez is slated to play a big role in the Red Sox lineup this season. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez is slated to play a big role in the Red Sox lineup this season. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

When Hanley Ramirez steps into the batter’s box, it’s difficult to ignore the long blond dreadlocks that seem to overtake his batting helmet. In a Boston Globe profile, Ramirez reveals the secret behind them.

Ramirez, who is one of the players tasked with replacing David Ortiz in the middle of the lineup this season, says he hasn’t cut his hair in five years. He also explains the reason why he doesn’t wear new helmets, instead opting to smear pine tar on his old ones.

“I don’t like new helmets,” he says.

Simple enough.

At 33 years old, Ramirez is now an elder statesman on the Red Sox. He’s coming off an impressive bounce back season, in which he hit 30 home runs and knocked in 111 runs with an .866 OPS.

As a DH, Ramirez’s career track record is an even better than that. He’s batted .331 with a 1.014 OPS and 10 homers in 36 games at the position. If those numbers are an indication of how he’ll produce this season, Ramirez will only continue to win over Red Sox fans after a disastrous debut campaign in 2015.

If all goes according to plan, those blond dreads will take a lot of trips around the bases this summer.

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