Look: Mariners manager gets fresh haircut to pay off bet
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais got a fresh new haircut on Tuesday to make good on a lost bet.
Servais told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM last week that the bet came about when he ridiculed closer Edwin Diaz in April over the reliever’s haircut.
“Early in the season, Eddie Diaz came in with a haircut one day. I was joking around with him in the lunch room and just giving him a hard time. This is early April — this is the first week of April — I make a comment to him, ‘you get 50 saves, and I’ll get my hair cut like that,'” Servais told MLB Network Radio.
It's happening, folks.#Mariners manager Scott Servais says he plans to honor the promise he made in April to cut his hair like Edwin Diaz following save #50.@EdiDiaz44 #TrueToTheBlue #SugarDo pic.twitter.com/iE6OyRigbh
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 23, 2018
Fast forward to Saturday, and Diaz, who is enjoying a historic season, saved his 50th game. So guess what happened on Tuesday afternoon? Servais sat down in the chair to get a Diaz-like cut:
It's happening! pic.twitter.com/8opRPvr1Mq
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 28, 2018
Narrator: It was at this moment that @Mariners skipper Scott Servais knew he made a mistake.
(via Edwin Diaz's IG Live) pic.twitter.com/7FQ7h8xNwW
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 28, 2018
Servais is only too happy to get the cut given the circumstances.
“Everyone wants their closer to end up with 50 saves. Lo and behold, we’ve played a ton of 1-run games. Eddie has been outstanding for us all year. He’s really been the key to our ballclub. You get in those tight games, you know you can turn the ball over to him. Everybody feels good about our chances of taking a ‘W’ home. It’s been fun.”
Credit Servais for having fun with it. And why wouldn’t he? The haircut is a sign of the team’s success this season.
Diaz, who has a sparkling 1.97 ERA and 0.78 WHIP this season, needs 12 more saves to tie Frankie Rodriguez’s record of 62 in 2008.