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Red Sox stars get shaved for charity

Published November 4, 2013 10:50 pm

MLB • Beards disappear in benefit for bombing victims.
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Boston • World Series MVP David Ortiz and Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino had their beards shaved for charity Monday to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

The "shave-offs" occurred at Gillette's world headquarters. The Boston company donated $100,000 to the One Fund, which is assisting victims and their families of the bombings on April 15. Three people were killed and over 260 injured near the finish line that day.

Ortiz, fresh off his third World Series title with the Red Sox, joked that it's a perfect look for his offseason.

"I'm going down south — someplace warm," he said. "I feel fresh. I've got to keep it real. It's not that cold down there."

Sitting in one of two barber's chairs to Ortiz's right, Victorino appeared a bit shocked when he looked into a hand-held mirror and realized his beard and goatee were completely gone.

"I'm a World Series champion and I look like I'm 12-years old," he said.

Ortiz had most of his beard shaved off, leaving only a goatee.

Outfielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli encouraged teammates during spring training to grow beards in spring training, even teasing players who talked about shaving.

Naploi and Gomes had the biggest, bushiest beards on the club.

Victorino and Ortiz were joined by Fenway Park bullpen and Boston police officer Steve Horgan and fan Michael Grant, from Leister, Mass. Grant was selected from Gillette's online accounts.

Horgan, stationed in the Red Sox bullpen, became an instant celebrity after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in Game 2 of the AL championship series as Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter flipped over the short fence with his legs straight upward.