Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta has taken Major League Baseball by storm the past two seasons for two big reasons.
The first, his emergence as one of the game's very best pitchers. Arrieta, whom the Cubs acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on ... has turned his career completely around in Chicago. In fact, he pitched his first career no-hitter in 2015 and cemented himself as the NL's Cy Young favorite with a historic second half.
The other reason? His epic beard, of course. Arrieta's facial hair was along for the ride and earned almost as much popularity with Cubs' fans as his actual pitching. That was evidenced when fans started showing up to the ballpark sporting homemade Arrieta beards. One fan even had Arrieta's beard-clad likeness shaved into his head.
That's serious dedication and appreciation.
Unfortunately, we have some shocking news to report. The beard is no more. With the Cubs season nowRead More »from Say it isn't so: Jake Arrieta shaved off his beard