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Young Rays fan, 12, pays big price for Mohawk haircut

Rays fan Zachary Sharples, 12, and his troublesome haircut.

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Rays fan Zachary Sharples, 12, and his troublesome haircut.

Young Rays fan, 12, pays big price for Mohawk haircut

Ellenton seventh-grader Zachary Sharples loves the Tampa Bay Rays. So much so that he got a Mohawk that has (perhaps unfortunately) become the rallying hairdo for the surging baseball team. That style might be hot at the Trop. But it didn't go over so well at Lincoln Middle School. The Bradenton Herald reports it this way: Before Zachary went to bed, he made sure to wash off the dye so he wouldn't get in trouble at school the next day. But the boy's 1-inch Mohawk still earned him an in-school suspension Monday, said his father, Kevin Pennington. Zachary was told he violated the dress code. "I did nothing but sat there," Zachary said Tuesday. "We couldn't talk; it was stupid." Zachary was given two choices by the school, Pennington said. He can either shave his head to be allowed back into his classes, or let his hair grow out — in in-school suspension.

Fan fest tonight

A Rays rally is scheduled tonight at the TradeWinds Island Resorts. Featured entertainment will be — dial up your cowbell —Blue Oyster Cult lead singer Buck Dharma, along with Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and the Greg Billings Band. The event also will feature videos about the Rays' run to the American League Championship Series, a sand sculpture, a bounce house and a fireworks display. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Tradewinds, 5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. It's free, but hotdogs, hamburgers and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be available for $10 in nearby lots.

Rays are overRAYted?

At least according to this T-shirt now being sold by a Boston fan site, chowdaheadz.com. Wonder how many of these will show up at the Trop?

Young Rays fan, 12, pays big price for Mohawk haircut 10/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:52pm]
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