COLUMBIA, Missouri — Kramer Robertson ran in from his usual infield practice prior to Saturday’s game against Missouri to an unusual request.
“Will you sign my leg,” Brian Garner asked from the Taylor Stadium bleachers.
Robertson signed the prosthetic. LSU coach Paul Mainieri did the same on Friday. Garner said Mainieri told him he was “honored” to add his signature to a leg that has accumulated the signatures of nearly 70 people.
Among those who have signed Garner’s leg: ESPN baseball analysts Buster Olney and Tim Kurkijan, St. Louis Cardinals players Tommy Pham and Marco Gonzalez and former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker.
A self-proclaimed college baseball diehard, Garner coaches “high-level” baseball in St. Louis and is a Missouri season-ticket holder. He said he “latches on” to an SEC player each season.
Last season, it was Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson — the eventual No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft. This season, it’s Robertson, whom Garner gave glowing reviews and even compared to Swanson.
“Flashy,” he said of Robertson. “But off the hook outstanding.”