They're fresh off a World Series championship, and now they have fresh faces.
On Monday, Red Sox teammates and MLB champs David Ortiz and Shane Victorino went under the razor and shaved off their playoff beards for charity. Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, and Victorino, an outfielder, got rid of the beards at Gillette World Headquarters in South Boston, resulting in a $100,000 donation by the company to The One Fund Boston, which benefits the families affected by April's Boston Marathon bombings.
“It’s an awesome city," Victorino said. "It’s a city of resiliency. This city has a lot of pride in its athletes, a lot of pride in the city itself. I will always revert back to that day on April 15 and how this city came together as one to overcome a tragedy like that.”
There was one other person at Gillette World Headquarters today. Remember Steve Horgan, the Boston bullpen cop who gave us a new iconic sports image after Ortiz's grand slam in the ALCS? He shaved off his beard, which he started just before the playoffs began, as well and even posed like his famous photo afterwards (aka "Horganing").
Playoff beards are nothing new (just ask Dodgers pitcher and beardy legend Brian Wilson), but the beards sported by Red Sox players were a hot topic throughout the playoffs. Many of them got their start as fuzzy seedlings over the summer, and infielder Mike Napoli, who arguably has one of the most impressive, started growing his way back during spring training. Don't count on Napoli to shave it off any time soon, though: he says "it's part of [him] now."