My personal journey on the path to Joe Mauer sideburn loving began when he hit the major leagues and everyone took notice of the facial hair look. My theory is that young guys think it is way cool to finally be able to grow the stuff, and they take full advantage of this opportunity to inform the world, "I am a MAN! Hear me roar!"
I thought it was hilarious when the Minnesota Twins hosted "Joe Mauer Sideburns Night" back in August 2006. In fact, I was AT that game! I wish I had a picture of my brother and I in our matching Joe Mauer sideburns, but alas the picture was saved only to my phone...the same phone that took a jump into a western Minnesota lake two months later and was never recovered (RIP Motorola L6).
Joe Mauer's sideburns: Yay or Nay?