SAN FRANCISCO -- It's probably not the kind of earthshaking news if Brian Wilson had shaved off his beard, but Giants closer Sergio Romo did startle his teammates and manager Bruce Bochy a bit this weekend in Arizona when he showed up at the ballpark completely clean-shaven.

It was quick thinking by at least one photographer to get shots of Romo with a hairless face, because it was a brief metamorphosis. He's already growing back his beard and mustache, and as the Giants opened a series with the San Diego Padres Monday night, he already had a good growth working, as if nothing ever happened. Yet Romo is two-for-two on saves since the shave.

"It took about 10 years off him," said Bochy. "Maybe he got superstitious, I don't know. But it looked good. I told him, `I'd keep it shaved off.' "

Romo said there was no agenda to picking up a razor. And he's surprised folks have made such a big deal about it.

"To be honest, I didn't appreciate it that it got out," he said. "But really, I haven't even paid attention to it. I'm not doing anything. It's nothing. It's just facial hair."

Bochy was a bit sad to hear the Romo beard already was on the rebound.

"He's a lot prettier without it," said the manager.

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