The debate of whether or not Lance Berkman will return to the Cardinals in 2012 could go on for hours. Another long discussion could be if he deserves not only the Comeback Player of the Year Award, but the National League MVP award, too. But here’s a debate worth laughing about and having fun with. Who does Lance Berkman look like?

The debate of whether or not Lance Berkman will return to the Cardinals in 2012 could go on for hours.


Another long discussion could be if he deserves not only the Comeback Player of the Year Award, but the National League MVP award, too.


But here’s a debate worth laughing about and having fun with.


Who does Lance Berkman look like?


Usually celebrities and popular athletes are in their own categories and it’s regular folks like us that get compared to the looks of them, but if you take a look at Lance Berkman, there’s actually a number of famous people who can be seen.


Next to his most popular nickname, “Big Puma,” Berkman has been known from time to time as “Fat Elvis.” Makes sense, since he has an Elvis-esque appearance in his eyes and smirk. He could make a pretty good impersonator of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, but he’d have to lose his Cardinals cap in doing so. And when he does that, another singer’s appearance can be seen in the All-Star outfielder/first baseman.


Try "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks.


Throw in a touch of gray to Berkman’s jet-black hair and you’ve got the soul-singing twitcher who won over several reality-TV voters a few short years ago. Although, I’m not sure if he can sing. Berkman, like many people, could probably do a passable Elvis Presley. It only takes a baritone change of your voice and little bit of word slurring. But to take on Taylor Hicks, Berkman probably wouldn’t be able to pull off that impression.


Then again, I’m not in the Cardinals’ clubhouse, so for all I know, he could be entertaining his teammates with some nice soulful tunes. Costume contest, however, Taylor Hicks would be winner off the field for the veteran.


But then there’s one more thought to question. Does Berkman also resemble comedian Andy Kaufman?


The late funnyman and Berkman do have the same bone structure, and Berkman does appear to be the kind of guy who could clown around like Kaufman. Word on broadcasts is that Berkman is one of the fun, laid-back guys on St. Louis this year.


It’s hard to say really.


If I saw Berkman dressed in a ’50s outfit, then I’d say he looks like Elvis. Dress him casually and add some gray to his hair and I’d enter him in a Taylor Hicks look-a-like contest. Then again, a few goofy acts and good material and I’d peg Berkman for a clone of Andy Kaufman.


Almost makes you wonder what fans should yell to encourage him in the outfield.


I’ll just stick to the rhyming cheer I adopted from my brother.


“Lance, Lance in white pants.”


Dominic Genetti writes for the Hannibal Courier-Post.