Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arietta looking all kinds of awesome in the all together on the cover of this year's ESPN Body Issue.
Arietta explains, though, that he had to trim down for the shoot as his normal state is pretty hirsute.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“I’m extremely hairy,” the Cubs ace says in the annual photo spread featuring athletes in the nude. “It pretty much connects from the top of my head to my toes with a nice upper body sweater/track jacket type of thing. I’m shaved right now. The chest is good, the back is pretty solidly shaven.”
"I think the beard plays a slight factor to my presence on the mound. It’s kind of part of the persona now. Everyone in Chicago embraced it, so I got to keep it. I can’t ditch it now. I got rid of it in the offseason and I got some pretty intense reactions. I told them, “Don’t worry, give me two weeks and it’ll be back.”
Read the full ESPN interview with Arrieta here.