GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- While Francisco Lindor spoke with reporters on Friday morning, Jason Kipnis could not stop laughing while at his locker. Pitcher Cody Anderson walked by with a wide grin, ran his fingers across Lindor's hair and then pulled the shortstop into a friendly headlock.The curly locks that Lindor
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- While Francisco Lindor spoke with reporters on Friday morning, Jason Kipnis could not stop laughing while at his locker. Pitcher Cody Anderson walked by with a wide grin, ran his fingers across Lindor's hair and then pulled the shortstop into a friendly headlock.
The curly locks that Lindor sported under his lid last season are gone. The All-Star shortstop arrived to Cleveland's camp Friday with short silver hair that matched the diamond-filled chain around his neck. Teammates immediately pounced on Lindor, cracking jokes about his new look.
"Hey, I liked the 'Thong Song' when it came out," Kipnis quipped.
Yes, Lindor's new style bears a resemblance to Sisqó, the R&B singer who topped the charts in the late '90s. As Lindor made his way around the locker room, giving out hugs and handshakes, the shortstop took all the verbal jibes in stride.
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"Sisqó. Amber Rose. [I've heard] a lot of different ones," Lindor said with a smile. "A lot of different comments, but it's cool. It's all in fun."
The decision to cut Lindor's locks was a family affair.
One of his sisters suggested the color, and the dying process took more than an hour. Other family members were ready to see Lindor with short hair again. They all had a hand in cutting off the curls -- along with Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who is a close friend -- and then waited for the final result on Thursday back home in Orlando.
"Everybody took care of business," Lindor said with a laugh. "Everybody was like, 'Let's cut it! Let's cut it! Let's cut it!' So, I cut it and then everybody was like, 'Oh no, why?'"
When the deed was done, Lindor snapped a photo with his father, Miguel, whose hair has gone gray.
"I was like, 'Dad, I'm going for your look,'" Lindor said. "He liked it. He was like, 'Finally.'"
How long will Lindor keep the style?
"I don't know. I'm definitely going to grow it a little bit," he said. "I'm not going to stay this short, but we'll see. I don't know if I'll stay with the white. We'll see."
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.