It’s been two years since I moved down to Wilmington and I’ve just now found a barber I’m comfortable with. Of course it means frequenting the local SuperCuts, but she’s getting it done.
Before moving, my guy was Faraj at Pete’s in North Arlington. No one else cut my hair for the better part of the decade, and I still try to schedule cuts around trips back home, just so I can pay him a visit. The man is a virtuoso with the scissors and a straight blade. So I know what it’s like having — or not having — someone you’re comfortable with.
Enter O’s centerfielder and 2009 All-Star Adam Jones, who tweets this:
I hear that. But how long does a guy have to be in Baltimore before he finds a good barbershop? And doesn’t he have teammates to show him the way?
This is Jones third full season with the O’s, and it’s the third straight year he’s had one or fewer black teammates (fewer than one is zero; there is no less than zero). And though I’ve never really considered baseball’s race problem as it pertains to Charm City, that’s rather striking.
Baltimore was home to Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray, and lesser stars such as Ken Singleton, Paul Blair, Al Bumbry and Mike Devereaux. Boston it is not.
So it is that Jones’ tweet surprised me a little bit, and I thought I’d help the guy out. Here to assist Adam in his elusive quest for “good black barbers in bmore” is friend of the site Jarrett Carter:
“Any professional ballplayer seeking a quality edge up in a new city doesn’t ask for much – just a place where he can avoid getting shot, a suspect trim, and secret video cameras. Adam Jones is seeking such a place, and fortunately, a solution is just outside of Sports By Brooks’ – and harm’s – way.
Diamond Cuts is on the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and E. Joppa Road, just outside of Baltimore City. Some attractive barbershop amenities you won’t find there; a booming bootleg DVD marketplace, a 1997 Budweiser calendar with the flyest light-skinned tender out of Macon, GA, and the brother that cuts hair without a license are a no go. But what you will find is enlightening conversation, a quiet atmosphere and a Caesar that would do your grandmomma proud.
Just ask for Bam.”
Sounds better than SuperCuts.