Boston Red Sox Players Make the Absolute Best Use of Their Beards


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Let the shaving begin! While a lot of men are growing mustaches this month in honor of Movember, players from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox instead sheared their now notorious beards to benefit Boston Marathon victims.

The "shave offs," as they were called, occurred at Gillette's world headquarters, and involved MVP and star hitter David Ortiz and outfielder Shane Victorino. Following the trim, Gillette donated $100,000 to One Fund, which assists bombing victims and their families.

"It's a good feeling," Ortiz told the Associated Press. "With what we've been through this year, I think [winning the World Series] was something that we accomplished. Us doing that. Getting peoples' minds clear and letting people know that it wasn't just a player who won the championship, it was everybody in this city that won it."

Feeling equally inspired albeit a little strange, Victorino commented, "It's definitely a different look for me and something I'm not accustomed to, but again, it's all for a good cause. That's what it's all about… I'm sure there will be some laughs from my teammates, but we'll see what happens."

Actually, Ortiz took the first jab.

"He looks like he's in fifth grade. You going back to school?" Ortiz said. "Mine will grow very fast. I don't think I'll have any problems letting it grow. I don't know about this guy."

For those out of the loop, the whole team sported beards this season as some sort of bonding ritual. According to the New York Times, player Johnny Gomes, a new addition, started the trend during spring training.

It began like this….

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Then, other players thought it would be a good idea too…

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Pretty soon the whole team got involved…

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And the hair started getting really long…

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Unmanageable even …

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Fans started to follow.

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Jennifer Garner did too…

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And now, at least for these two guys, the beards have met their fate.

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