For the last few years, a part of the Mets pitching staff has had a distinctive look: long hair. Well, one of them cut it all off on Monday and people are freaking out.
Long hair has been in style for a few of the Mets pitchers over the last few seasons. Noah Syndergaard‘s blonde looks earned him the nickname Thor after he dominated when he was called up in 2015. Robert Gsellman (who we lovingly nicknamed deClone in 2016) also sported the longer hair style during his debut last season and into this year. We found out this year that rookie Kevin McGowan is a fan of letting his hair grow out as well.
But before all of them did it though, Jacob deGrom actually set the trend in 2014, the year in which he won Rookie of the Year. Well like they always say, all good things must come to an end.
On Monday evening, infielder Jose Reyes posted a video on Snapchat introducing his “new teammate,” except it wasn’t a new teammamte at all. It was Jacob deGrom…with short hair.
Warning: Do not play the video if you want a few more moments in a happier reality that is one where Jacob deGrom still has long hair.
The responses from fans were predictably hilarious. Some fans were really upset that this change had taken place. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many caps lock tweets sent my way.
Some fans were just confused and literally didn’t know how to process his new hair. Did they hate it? Did they love it? Maybe both? What is this feeling??
Overall though, the responses seemed to be more positive than anything. From the straight up superficial responses:
To the hopeful that somehow this new haircut would make Jacob even better than last season:
Obviously, deGrom’s hair will have minimal impact on his performance next season. He’s been consistently one of the best Mets starters and with another solid year under his belt, he’ll be looking to build on that even more in 2018.
But…what if this changes everything? What if the source of his power was his hair this entire time? Well if that ends up being the case, at least we know hair grows back eventually!