OMAHA, Neb. — After an 0-for-12 start to the College World Series, Kramer Robertson looked like his usual self when he singled and scored in the ninth inning Wednesday.
Come Thursday, he should be back to normal in another way.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said his senior shortstop will have his neck-length hair dyed back to its usual color before the team gathers for an afternoon practice in advance of a 2 p.m. Friday semifinal against Oregon State.
“I’m not big into the haircuts and the coloring of the hair,” Mainieri said. “You know, it’s a little bit of an attention grabber and I thought that it would be best if everybody just does stuff as a team and let’s go out there and play good.”
Robertson’s bleached blond look drew attention on social media late Tuesday but apparently stayed out of view from Mainieri.
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The coach said he didn’t see the new look until they were in the dugout before Wednesday’s 7-4 win against Florida State.
“He told me he was wearing a hood around all day so I wouldn’t see him,” Mainieri said. “When I saw it in the dugout, my eyes were as big as grapefruits. But I didn’t say anything to him until after the game.”
Robertson was not the only LSU player with a fresh look.
Freshman pitcher Zack Hess sported the look of Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn from the movie Major League, Hunter Newman had the sides of his head shaved and a few other players had newly shorn buzz cuts.
“We were just trying to switch things up a little bit,” Hess said. “I think we played a little bit tight those first two game so a couple guys were like we’ve seen some other teams do it so let’s give it a try and see if it will loosen us up a little bit.”
Hess said his team nickname is “Psycho” and he chose the Charlie Sheen character-inspired look because “there’s no bigger psycho in baseball than Rick Vaughn, so I decided to give it a shot.”