It's an easy club to join. All you need is to groom that one defining feature, wear it proudly and never, ever shave it.
If you can do that, then welcome to the “Mustache Mafia.”
Florida State pitchers Gage Smith and Scott Sitz are the originators and sole members of the fraternity, with each sporting a mustache of varying color and thickness.
They may look more like Hell's Angels or members of the Village People than ball players, but the sacrifice in style is easy to make.
Because with the mustache comes swagger, and with swagger comes success.
Both men were cleanshaven when the season began, but that didn't last long. First, Sitz began growing out a mustache, just to change his look. Then, Smith hit a slump, and through his struggles, a new, fashion-blind partnership was formed.
In an April 15 loss to Boston College, Smith experienced what he calls the worst outing of his life. He gave up six hits and four runs without recording an out.
But that failure gave way to retro, dirty blond success. Sitz convinced Smith to grow a mustache of his own, and in doing so, the duo formed the “Mustache Mafia.”
Sitz's look resembles more of a Josh Brolin-type, with long brown hair slicked back and the dark brown mustache creating an aura of intimidation.
Mike Compton, another Florida State starter, explained it another way.
“Sitz can pull it off if he gels his hair back,” Compton said. “He looks pretty sweet, like a CEO.”
Smith's look is a bit more cartoonish. His long, dark blond hair scatters in all directions. The mustache is thin, almost appearing taped on, and spreads in narrow strands across the top of his mouth before moving south down the sides.
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It isn't safe, or traditional. At this point, it's just Gage Smith.
“Honestly, I think it's part of who I am now,” Smith said.
The uncommon appearance has been accompanied by staggering success. Smith leads the team in appearances with 38 and sports a 5-0 record and 2.96 ERA. Sitz also has a 3.99 ERA in 12 starts.
The look, first questioned but eventually admired by teammates, has yet to be fully embraced by Smith. He tolerates it and understands its powers, but he hasn't totally bought in.
“I gave up on looking in the mirror a long time ago,” Smith said, laughing. “Mustaches aren't attractive, per se. But I can't get rid of it now. I have to ride it out until the end of the season.”
Smith and Sitz, lone rangers in a mustachioed brotherhood, have come this far together. Their facial hair, like beacons of hope, will be worn proudly until the team leaves Omaha with a championship.
At least, Smith says that's the plan.
“I'm keeping it until we win that last game,” he said. “It got us to the College World Series, right?”
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