For a Major League hair cut, baseball players pick Miami's Juice
By David Adams
MIAMI (Reuters) - Before Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez takes the mound Friday night seeking to make pitching history, his pre-game ritual will involve a trip to the barbershop.
Not just any barber, however. Fernandez will visit Hugo "Juice" Tandron, the heavily tattooed son of Cuban exiles who operates Major League Baseball's only private stadium barbershop out of a converted storage room at Marlins Park.
There is no set price to sit for a cut from Tandron, but business - and the tips - are good. A bald man with a long black beard, Tandron has such a steady stream of players, their relatives and team staff as clients that he is open six hours ahead of each home game and makes house calls during the off-season.
"He's family," said second baseman Dee "Flash Jr." Gordon, who recently had Tandron add a lightning bolt to the side of his head.
Tandron was plucked from obscurity by the Marlins thanks to a mixture of hard work, an affable street cred and talent. His motto is, "no two cuts are the same," and his reputation is for unique and meticulous hair styling.
Some of the game's legends, including Reggie Jackson and Andre Dawson, as well as former Atlanta Braves' pitchers Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, are among those who have sought out Tandron, 45, for a trim.
Last year during the play-offs, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford flew Tandron first class to California.
"He put me up at the W (hotel), for one cut," said Tandron Continued...