MILWAUKEE -- After months of taking grief from fans about his long hair, a freshly-trimmed Brewers reliever John Axford this week revealed a good reason behind the look he once described as "angry magician." Axford donated his hair to Locks of Love, a charitable organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada who suffer long-term medical hair loss. "Once I reached a certain point of ridiculousness, I figured I would keep growing it until it reached the length necessary to donate it," Axford said.
That length was 10 inches. Axford kept his quest private, and was planning to cut his hair next week. But that plan changed after a particularly frustrating loss to the Nationals on Sunday, in which Axford let a lead slip away in the eighth inning and again in the ninth, perpetuating a nightmare of a season. On Monday morning, he got a haircut. Axford Tweeted a photo of the result to his 56,000 followers. "People kept yelling at me, 'Cut your hair!'" Axford said. "Well, here's the reason I was doing it."