Though, while rare, I have to be honest, I actually appreciate where DDNY is coming from, but as a veteran, the whole "grooming" thing is a big deal to me, but I don't think it means that a player is good, or better either way, I think it just means displays a level of maturity and discipline.
The only reason why I brought up the Yankees is b.c they have influenced my opinion on the matter and I wanted to explain myself b.c I didn't want the discussion to turn into something else. I never stated it as fact. Obviously, there have been many great players that were not well-groomed. And there are many successful professional people with beards and long hair.
A small piece of advice if you will allow me.
Over the past few years, i have come to realize that when a conversation is heading somewhere you didn't intend, the best way to end it for yourself is to withdraw from the conversation.