OMAHA, Neb. — Zack Hess is really starting to channel his inner Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn.
First he had Rachel Eggie, hitting coach Micah Gibbs’ girlfriend, cut the back of his hair to look like Charlie Sheen’s wild child bullpen ace in the movie “Major League.”
Tuesday, before LSU took on Florida in Game 2 of the College World Series finals, Tigers pitcher Alex Lange tweeted a photo of Hess rocking the horn-rimmed glasses that were also part of the Rick Vaughn look.
“Wild thing… @charliesheen” Lange tweeted. “@Zack_Hess44”.
Hess didn’t pitch in Game 1 of the finals but made four appearances in LSU’s first five CWS games. He pitched a total of 4.2 innings, allowing one hit and three walks with 10 strikeouts and no runs.
Big brass in attendance
NCAA President and former LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert was in attendance at Tuesday’s game, spending part of the time before the game chatting with LSU coach Paul Mainieri and Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
Also in attendance was Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey. With the Tigers and Gators in the final, the SEC was guaranteed to win its 11th CWS title.
Florida entered Tuesday night’s game trying to become only the fourth school in NCAA history to win national championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball.
The three that have done it are Ohio State, UCLA and Michigan. UCLA won the CWS in 2013, Ohio State in 1966 and Michigan in 1962 and 1953.
LSU wore purple jerseys and white pants Tuesday for the fifth straight CWS game.
Florida switched from blue jerseys and white hats to blue hats and all white jerseys and pants.
Teddy the Tiger
Teddy Peterson, the son of ESPN analyst and Omaha native Kyle Peterson, has been spotted in the CWS throughout the press box sporting an LSU baseball cap.
You’d think that the son of the former Stanford All-American pitcher would be wearing a Cardinal cap. But Kyle Peterson, who pitched against LSU in the 1997 CWS, said Mainieri converted his son into a Tigers fan several years ago.