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.

 Romo at spring training  in Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb. 23, 2014.
Romo at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb. 23, 2014. (Patrick Tehan, Bay Area News Group)

"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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