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.
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:
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:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) September 26, 2017