WASHINGTON–For BJ Treuting, Saturday night was 7 years in the making.
The Manassas Park native who recently moved to New Orleans, made a promise in 2012 that he wouldn’t shave his face until the Washington Nationals won the World Series.
Following the team’s victory parade, Treuting and a few dozen friends and supporters gathered at the Salt Line in Navy Yard to watch his beard be shaved off.
Treuting says while he always enjoyed a good barber shave, keeping this vow was important for another reason–wanting to set a good example.
“I was teaching at Manassas Park Middle School and I was coaching…and I was very very big of making sure you’re accountable and that if you say you’re going to do something, you follow through and do it. It would be a really really poor example for the kids I taught and coached if I said…hey you really should be doing that. And then, here I am making a promise and not staying by my word.”
He says for now he’ll continue to shave, but doesn’t rule out growing back some facial hair in the future.
Meanwhile, his mother, Anna Treuting says she’s thrilled the beard is gone.
“All I kept thinking was oh please let them win… please let them win. And every year I was like…oh I gotta deal another year with this thing”.
Still, Anna saved a clump of her son’s beard. “This is going in his…not really baby book. But I figured I’d give it to him and he can do what he wants with it. ”
The shave-off was more than just a promise kept, it also helped to raise money for the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. If you’d like to donate to the cause :https://bit.ly/325qvrS
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