Jacob deGrom is a phenomenal pitcher, there is no other way of saying it. His hair isn’t the story.
In 2017, deGrom was 15-10 with a 3.53 ERA. He pitched 201 1/3 innings, and collected 239 strikeouts for the Mets. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.
Knowing all of this, why does the media seem to only care about the length of his hair? Don’t get me wrong, the flow was iconic. When he cut it, a piece of me was swept away and thrown into the trash along side the locks he lost. But deGrom has proved to be so much more than a haircut, and deserves to be treated as so.
I understood the infatuation of the haircut story when it happened at the end of last season. It was a rough season, not leaving the media much to talk about. But now, it is 2018 and the Mets have made it clear that they are planning to be contenders this year. deGrom himself said he is aiming to win the Cy Young, but the media still asks about his hair.
It is clear that deGrom is over the hair questions, and has been for a while. Most recently, when asked about Noah Syndergaard’s quote about his hair holding all of his power, deGrom blankly responded “ok” and made it very clear that he had no reaction, or interest, in the statement made by his rotation-mate, or the conversation at all.
Syndergaard has much more interest in being the team personality than deGrom does, and even engages with the media when asked questions about non-baseball related topics. Jay Bruce even said that deGrom has no need for the fame side of his Major League career, as reported by Steve Serby of the New York Post. Jake simply wants to excel on the mound and get people out. He does that pretty well.
So the next time you see Jacob deGrom, maybe ask him about his velocity or how his arm is feeling. It will be a much more pleasant experience for everyone involved if the conversation is centered around baseball.