OMAHA, Neb. — When the LSU baseball team takes the field against Oregon State this afternoon, Tigers infielder Kramer Robertson will be blond.
LSU’s senior shortstop dyed his long black locks before the Tigers’ College World Series game versus Florida State on Wednesday. After the win, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri told Robertson to color it back. Mainieri doesn’t take kindly to players trying to draw attention to themselves.
But what Mainieri didn’t know was Robertson wasn’t the only Tiger sporting a new haircut. However, Kramer was the only guy with hair long enough that it was noticeable under his hat. It wasn’t until later in the night that Mainieri learned about a dozen LSU baseball players opted for mohawks or shaved heads or, in the case of Zack Hess, the Charlie Sheen look.
Mainieri wanted everything reverted back to normal by Friday. Until, that is, he had a conversation with his family.
“They were so mad at me,” Mainieri said. “They were like, ‘Are you serious? You’re such an old fuddy-dud.’ I had to cave in. So I sent a text message to the team around midnight saying ‘Alright, my wife gave me a hard time, you can wear your hair however the hell you want to.'”
This puts Robertson in a tough situation. Make no mistake: Robertson does not think this is a good look on him. He’s aware of the jokes people are making on Twitter. People have photoshopped him into pictures with everyone from Lucius and Draco Malfoy to Kim Kardashian to the villains from Shrek to his own mother, a joke he said he knew was coming.
The joke that stood out the most to Robertson was a side-by-side of himself with dark hair and himself with blond hair captioned with, “You get the limo out front,” the opening lyrics to the theme song from Hannah Montana.
Robertson has a sense of humor about it. He gets the jokes and he’ll absorb the torment for a few more days because his teammates think the hair is a good thing. So he said he’ll endure a little abuse for the sake of the team.
“It’s not my best look,” said Robertson, jokingly. “It’s just for fun, not permanent. I can look brutal for the next few days. I guess I’m not going to find my wife here but maybe it’ll help us win a national championship.”
Mainieri isn’t as strong of a believer in the “lucky hair” movement.
But hey, LSU baseball fans have believed crazier things.
“If they think it helps win the games, God bless them,” Mainieri said. “We’ve thought possums and beach balls have helped us win games. If they think their hair can help us win games so be it.”
So be it indeed.