Getty Images Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is easy to pick out of the crowd. Well, he used to be.

His thick beard typically makes the right-handed pitcher recognizable. That was not the case on Sunday, as John Lackey's wife posted a picture on Twitter before leaving from Chicago for Austin:


Who is standing next to Lackey? It appears to be a beardless Arrieta. Indeed it is!


Just as he did last year, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, will begin the offseason with clean cheeks. This time, that decision comes off the Cubs' first World Series title in 108 years.


Fear not, Cubs fans. Arrieta has 137 days to grow back the beard in time for Opening Day.

-- Follow Megan O'Brien on Twitter @MeganOBsports.

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