It is finally March: the start of many high schools’ baseball seasons. Players are hyped as ever as they apply eye black and flash their new cleats, shiny bats, customized gloves. Some players, however, stand out even more from the others.
These players have excessive hair coming out from the sides and backs of their head. Many players classify this as “hair flow,” a common trend for the baseball season.
Although long hair could be a distraction for players, many baseballers are willing to take the minor risk for some style. Matt Striplin, West Ranch High School freshman center-fielder, told JSR, “I would never cut my flow; it is part of who I am. Sure, I may be running for a flyball and my hat would fall off sometimes, but it really doesn’t affect my performance as a player.”
Another reason that players might grow their hair out is because they may look more intimidating.
Nicholas Perez, the West Ranch freshman catcher, explains, “I think hair flow makes me look more intimidating. When I go to a different school to play, I sometimes see the other team looking at my hair and hear them talking about how I look like I am a good player.”
Additionally, hair flow can make you stand out, and if you have good skills as well as the flow, this could be positive.
“If you then have skills to complement your flow, many more people will be looking at you. You would look like a prospect!” added West Ranch High freshman, Daniel Montalban.
With so many players having flow, players want to have the best ones possible. They dedicate their time to perfecting it, and players think: the better the hair flow, the more popular you get.
West Ranch high lacrosse player, Zachary Van Bennekum, said to JSR, “If I see someone with good flow, I get this cool vibe from them. Even it is my first time seeing someone and they have some slick hair, I am so down to talk with them.”
So as baseball season starts, make sure to look out for the best hair flows when watching. Who knows, maybe there could be a prospect in the midst.