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Jake Arrieta’s Annual Beard Purge Once Again Renders Him Wholly Unrecognizable

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That picture up there, that’s the Jake Arrieta you know and love. A Cy Young winner. A pitcher who rakes. A man’s man. A bushily bearded man.


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But when the offseason arrives, Arrieta unburdens his strong jaw of its hairy trappings, and we’re all left to wonder WHO THE HECK IS THIS GUY SUPPOSED TO BE:

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Arrieta – IF THAT’S REALLY HIM, I MEAN HOW COULD WE KNOW FOR SURE – looks about 10 years younger sans beard, and undoubtedly less intimidating on the mound. I’d imagine the beard will be back within a couple weeks. Which is totally how it works for me, too.

Well, OK, it might take more like a couple years for me. And unfortunately, if I did it, I’d probably look more like this:


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.