Cubs' Jake Arrieta Makes History With A No-Hitter And A Mustache Onesie
By Kate Shepherd in News on Aug 31, 2015 3:25PM
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta/Getty Images
The Cubs made history Sunday night and can now add a no-hitter to their recent wave of unexpected success. Pitcher Jake Arrieta achieved the milestone against the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out twelve batters and only walking one (another reached on a fielding error).
It was only the 14th no-hitter in the Cubs' long history. Pitcher Larry Corcoran threw the team's first no-hitter in 1880 and Carlos Zambrano pitched the most recent one in 2008.
The night got even better when Arrieta wore a meme-inspiring, handlebar mustache print onesie to the post-game press conference. He's not the only Cubs player with a penchant for interesting sleepwear. Players wore everything from a Minions onesie to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pajamas during a pajama party at Dodger Stadium before boarding their overnight flight to Chicago.
Manager Joe Maddon came up with the pajama idea as a way to make the team closer, according to MLB.com. He also has vowed not to shave his facial hair in hopes that the superstitious behavior will help him lead the team to victory.
"I heard all the antics that Joe has and how good of a guy Joe is, but just hearing him say [to wear pajamas] doesn't surprise me," pitcher James Russell told MLB.com. "He's fun and keeps us loose and keeps us smiling."
Maddon's strategies for rebuilding the team seem to be working. Arrieta has become one of the National League's five best pitchers and is a contender for the Cy Young Award at the end of the season, according to CBS Sports.