Editor's note: Bic Razors sent Don Miller a year's supply worth of razors in case the Cubs win Wednesday night's Game 7 of the World Series. Miller on Wednesday said the company sent him 25 razors. If the Cubs win, Miller said he's been asked to shave his half-beard on television.
CHICAGO — Don Miller believes his legendary half-beard is proof that he's all in that the Cubs will win the World Series this year.
Before this season started, the 74-year-old Lincoln Square native decided to shave only half his beard and mustache until the Cubs claimed their first Major League Baseball title since 1908. The half-beard/half-mustache, which he's dyed Cubbie blue and Just For Men dark brown, covers the left side of his face and is a few inches long in spots.
He still had the half-beard Monday, sending DNAinfo an updated photo of the lengthy facial fixture.
If the Cubs don't hoist a world crown this year, Miller says he won't shave until they do — if ever.
"It was an impulse, but maybe I can help get rid of the curse," Miller said. "They've tried goats and everything else, but I believe this is going to work. ... Maybe I look weird, but it's OK."
Two things inspired Miller to make the half-beard. While flipping through a newspaper before the season, he saw a Bic shaving ad with a man who had half of his face fully shaved while the other half was "completely disheveled."
"It looked cool," Miller said.
Miller said he's received mostly positive reactions, with obviously some stares as well.
"Generally I think 95 percent of people are giving me a thumbs up," he said.
His wife of nearly 55 years, Anne, who's known Miller since seventh grade, is also a fan.
"It's fine with me," she said.
Miller, a lifelong Cubs fan, plans to debut the half-beard at Wrigley Field soon. He said his Father's Day gift from his three children will be Cubs tickets, although he hasn't picked out a date yet.
And like many a Cubs supporter, Miller has no doubt his favorite team is going to win it all in 2016.
"We're going to do it this year," he said.
The Cubs were a major league-best 51-26 after Wednesday's win at Cincinnati.
Miller wrote a poem about his half-beard/half-stache (see below):
One look at me
You turn away
Being not too obvious
You look again
Are you kidding?
You look again
The left side
Disheveled and scary
The right a baby's butt
So smooth and clean
Jekyll or Hyde
A bit touched
Lost a bet
Shave you say
But when, you ask?
Why, do I offend?
The Chicago Cubs
Are the culprits
A just cause have I
Impossible you say
Winning the World Series
We will see
I promise to shave
The other side in time
When the Cubs prevail
Until then, close your eyes
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