To honor LSU’s 1996 national championship team, which wore gold throughout its championship run, the Tigers will wear their gold jerseys in all three games of its weekend series with Mississippi State.
Paul Mainieri requests fans do the same.
Mainieri made his plea Thursday just before his team began practice, reminding how the gold jerseys were an impetus to the 2008 team’s run to the College World Series. That team wore the uniforms during its unprecedented 23-game winning streak to end the season, during which the team watched the 1996 highlight video before every game.
NCAA rules prohibited the Tigers from wearing gold in their 2008 regional opener — a rule that’s since been changed — so Mainieri pleaded then with fans to wear gold to the ballpark. Fans obliged, and the team wore gold undershirts accompanying its home whites.
He’s hoping it happens again.
“I would really like to encourage our fans for all three games that when they come to the game this weekend that they wear a gold shirt,” Mainieri said. “Let’s have a huge wave of gold in the stands. A gold-out inside our stadium. I’ve always believed there’s power in the gold.”
“It’ll be our way to pay homage to (the 1996 team).”
The 1996 team will be honored prior to Saturday’s game. Eddy Furniss, a member of that team, will have his jersey retired at 6:45 p.m. Friday prior to the series opener.
Jordan twins should be healthy
Though his left leg was heavily wrapped, Beau Jordan was a full participant in LSU’s practice Thursday after he fouled a ball off his calf in Wednesday’s 11-4 win against Southeastern Louisiana.
Jordan immediately crouched to a knee after the injury, but remained in the game and laced an RBI single later in the at-bat. He said the injury was stiff when he woke up Thursday morning, but after some treatment at the ballpark, felt he was fine to practice.
Beau’s brother, Bryce, missed practice and was home sick Thursday with a stomach bug, Mainieri said, but expects him to be fine for Friday’s series opener.
“I think Beau Jordan would have to have a piece of bone sticking from his skin not to play,” Mainieri said. “He’s always playing hard and I’m sure there’s something on his body that hurts every single game that he plays. I don’t think there’s anything you can really do to keep Beau and Bryce out of the lineup.”
Gettys released from NLI
Jonathan Gettys, a left-handed pitcher signed as part of LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, was released from his national letter of intent after his DUI arrest in early April, Mainieri said Thursday.
A Gainesville, Georgia, native and a second-team Perfect Game All-American, Gettys was arrested after driving his 2007 Dodge Durango on the wrong side of the highway and striking another vehicle, a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, according to the Gainesville Times.
The newspaper also reported Gettys has been dismissed from the Gainesville High School team. As a junior, he led Gainesville High to a state runner-up finish with a 0.85 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 82.1 innings.
Gettys was Perfect Game’s No. 64 prospect in the nation when he signed with the Tigers
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