The Chicago Cubs were wearing pajamas as a way to celebrate one of their players’ achievements on Sunday. Jake Arietta scored a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, and it was an event to remember.
Among the colorful and amusing apparel being rocked by Chicago’s famous baseball team after the end of their tour was a shark, Superman, and the original 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The shark was one of many amusing tales on this rampage of kids’ fashion among adults.
Justin Grimm had ordered his pajamas online, but when they arrived, they came in the wrong size. At the lack of options, reliever Justin went to Target and picked up his shark onesie.
James Russell didn’t have one but remembered some pajamas his mother had bought him for Christmas.
“I called my mom and asked if she still had it. Now I have a reason to wear it.”
Third base rookie Kris Bryant had some Ninja Turtles pajamas stashed in his locker before the game and joked about them.
“For me, growing up, I always thought, ‘oh, baseball players, suit and tie.’ It’s kind of cool to goof around a little bit and be a kid again.”
According to ESPN, the idea of the Cubs wearing pajamas originated with their manager Joe Maddon.
“It works both ways. If you win it’s even better, and if you’ve lost it’s kind of like, ‘let’s put this behind us and move on.’ I see it as a win-win-win. It’s about keeping the group together. It’s about having fun as a group.
“Mine’s got a front trap and not a back trap door. That’s the most necessary thing on the plane ride.”
The team took several selfies and photos with fans donning their informal apparel and even flew home in their pajamas.
Jake Arietta joined his fellow Cubs wearing pajamas by sporting a mustache printed onesie while the amusing apparel varied wildly throughout the team. As revealed by the New York Daily News, some wore Batman costumes, another a minion from the popular animated movies, and another wore a blue hoodie with emojis hanging from his neck.
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It’s obvious that the Chicago Cubs had fun on Sunday night, and their victory made the celebration all the sweeter. This could start an amusing trend among sports teams as a way of letting the winning team really let their competitive spirits give way to just being silly.
What do you think of the Chicago Cubs wearing pajamas to celebrate Jake Arietta’s no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers?
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