Rather than matching bleached hair, Evo Shields, gloves or cleats, a new trend has caught on in Sun Devil baseball, and that is the absence of head hair completely.
First it was redshirt senior Jackson Willeford who took a Twitter dare from his teammate junior center fielder Andrew Shaps.
On the night of Jan. 28, Shaps tweeted that if his post received over 100 favorites before 8 a.m. on Jan. 29, Willeford’s head would go bald.
100 favorites before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow and @jwilleford17 goes Mr. Clean bald. This is not a joke, and I am asking for your help. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/GFFyMuLg8m— Andrew Shaps (@ashaps08) January 29, 2017
The Ramona, Calif. native was true to his word.
Son? pic.twitter.com/5ydvHOWSuN— Jesse Lowman (@JLowmanAZ) January 29, 2017
There Willeford stood with his newly look alike athletic trainer Jesse Lowman.
But the shaved heads didn’t stop there. About a month later, on the night of Feb. 27, Willeford fired back at Shaps with a daring tweet of his own. This time, the tweet needed 500 favorites for Shaps to shave his head.
@ASU_Baseball I need some help on this one.we're going to need some serious retweets, but @ashaps08 said he would go Mr. clean for 500 likes pic.twitter.com/eov2Axfxe0— Jackson Willeford (@jwilleford17) February 28, 2017
About just three and a half hours, an @ASU_baseball retweet and a Shaps retweet later, Willeford’s post got over 600 likes.
Here’s the process.
Well there's no turning back now...@ashaps08 pic.twitter.com/nD2PJ00cI1— Jackson Willeford (@jwilleford17) February 28, 2017
Here’s the aftermath.
Haha it happened! "It feels absolutely great! I couldn't care less." - @ashaps08 pic.twitter.com/w3DYPdRRib— Jackson Willeford (@jwilleford17) February 28, 2017
If two players and an athletic trainer have caught on to the “Mr. Clean Bald” trend, who knows? Possibly the rest of the team may take the diamond with a smoothly shaved head by the end on the season.
Shaps, Willeford and the rest of the Sun Devis (4-3) return to action on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for a one-game showdown against New Mexico State (6-3). Tuesday’s game is the first of a 12-game home stand where there will be plenty of time to catch the shaved headed Sun Devils.