DENVER -- Reds broadcasting icon Marty Brennaman's famous poofy white hair was in peril on Sunday. Recently during a team flight, Brennaman told bench coach Chris Speier he would shave his head if the Reds achieved a 10-game winning streak.
That happened when the Reds enjoyed a 7-2 win over the Rockies. Before the game on Sunday morning, several players and clubhouse staff remembered Brennaman's promise. The 2000 Ford Frick Award winner did not back down.
"I'm a man of my word," Brennaman declared.
"I was informed actually while we were throwing our bullpen," pitcher Homer Bailey said. "After I found out about it, the next person I felt ... who should know was [media relations assistant director] Jamie Ramsey. He then passed it along to you guys."
Brandon Phillips told Brennaman he should reconsider. Others were chuckling at the possibilities.
"Our broadcaster is going to be rooting against us today," Speier said.
"Oh no I ain't," Brennaman replied.
Before the game, Bailey took first dibs on being the one who gets to do the shaving with his clippers, but Brennaman is considering getting a professional to do the job. Either way, the shaving won't happen until Saturday because Brennaman said he had to shoot a TV commercial on Monday.
"You know what? I don't have to cut his hair," Bailey said postgame. "He'd probably need wire cutters for it. I don't know if I'm qualified to use heavy machinery. I'm actually very honored he's going to [stick] with his word. It's very surprising. I'm sure he still said a bunch of bad stuff about us during the game. Now he can say it bald."