First, with 46 saves, the closer set a franchise record and topped the National League in the category.
Next, he led the Milwaukee Brewers to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 29 years.
This past Friday...he was named the 2011 Mustached American of the Year by the American Mustache Institute.
And, yeah, we endorsed him. Kinda.
“We are honored to give this award to the Ax man,” said AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut. “Even though he is Canadian, we believe John represents everything else the Mustached American community values: humor, intelligence and good looks. He is also very tall.”
Axford, who sports a menacing Fu Manchu-style mustache, won the award with more than half of all the nearly 1,000,000 votes cast online.
Second place went to Bob Kevioan of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio show.
“I’ve been growing this bad boy out for four or five months but I realized now that it’s not even about growing a mustache out, it’s about representing the community well,” said a humble Axford. “It’s unbelievable. To say that a Canadian if finally winning and Robert Goulet was born of French Canadian parents, it helps it become more of a North American award.”
Can someone please go update this dude's Wikipedia page to reflect this honor?