His trademark beard also went off before his surgery.
"So they could get the hoses in or whatever," he said. "They said it was a good idea to shave because I'm not going to be able to keep it trimmed up. So I gave my daughter the trimmers and let her go at it. She had a big time."
His daughter Laney is 3 1/2. Now there's a trusting dad.
"I just gave her the ones that are child proof," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.