OMAHA, Neb. | So, I wrote about beards today.
No. 14 Mississippi State arrived here yesterday, and they brought their facial hair with them. As you can read in today’s Journal, the Bulldogs have a fondness for scruff, and it’s a way for players to express their personalities. And this is a team with plenty of personalities.
Pitcher Trevor Fitts is the one who convinced coach John Cohen to relent on his anti-facial hair policy. Fitts is just a sophomore, but on this team, there really is no distinction between classes. That speaks to the chemistry on this team.
“We’ve had people that have been here a long time, and then we’ve had people that come in like me, like the freshmen and junior college transfers, that just click,” said Brett Pirtle, a juco transfer. “It’s all this chemistry that came out of nowhere, really, and we all have fun with the game and all have fun off the field, too. It just correlates on and off the field.”
I caught up with Fitts on Wednesday to talk about the importance of beards. Chatted with pitcher Luis Pollorena, too, and while he has not joined the Beard Brigade, he understands what it means to his teammates.
“It’s been working, so I’m hoping none of these guys shave,” he said.