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Photo of the day: Is Alex Rodriguez a nerd or a hipster?

New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (R) laughs with supermodel Cindy Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, California January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE BASEBALL)

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Well, I guess it depends on the expression he has at the time. Here’s Alex Rodriguez -- caught at the Lakers-Rockets game the other night -- talking to Cindy Crawford of all people. First up: the nerd look:

New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (R) laughs with supermodel Cindy Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, California January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE BASEBALL)

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But then when he’s not scrunching his face up all silly he looks less nerdy and more hipstery:

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts as he sits courtside with supermodel Cindy Crawford and retired wrestler Torrie Wilson during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (C) reacts as he sits courtside with supermodel Cindy Crawford (L) and retired wrestler Torrie Wilson during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, California January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE BASEBALL)

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As the proud owner of hipster glasses myself, I feel like I can speak with at least a little authority on the matter. If you’re going to go with such a look, you don’t want to suffer by comparison. I wear kinda nerdy glasses, so all I need to do to not be totally silly (I’ll always look a little silly) is live up to at least one nerd archetype like Michael Douglas in “Falling Down” or something. I’m old, white and angry, so it’s not too hard.

But that’s A-Rod’s central problem: he really can’t pull it off. Those, as far as I can tell, are Persol glasses. Marcello Mastroianni wore Persols in “La Dolce Vita.” Steve McQueen wore them in a couple movies.

Mr. Rodrigez: I watched Mastroianni and McQueen. I knew Mastroianni and McQueen. I’d like to think Mastroianni and McQueen would be friends of mine. Mr. Rodriguez, you’re no Mastroianni and McQueen.

(Photos by Reuters)