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Red Sox beards come off for Gillette promotion

  • Boston Red Sox player Shane Victorino, center, kids around with a razor as Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, right, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox player Shane Victorino, center, kids around with a razor as Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, right, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The Red Sox players' beards became a symbol of their solidarity as they went from worst in the AL East last year to first this year by winning the team's third World Series title in a decade. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The Red Sox players' beards became a symbol of their solidarity as they went from worst in the AL East last year to first this year by winning the team's third World Series title in a decade. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan raises his arms after being shaved along with Boston Red Sox baseball players David Ortiz, far left, and Shane Victorino, second from left, for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan raises his arms after being shaved along with Boston Red Sox baseball players David Ortiz, far left, and Shane Victorino, second from left, for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan smiles as he is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan smiles as he is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, center, raises his arms with Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, far right, while Shane Victorino, far left, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, center, raises his arms with Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, far right, while Shane Victorino, far left, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, left, is hugged by Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz as they participate in a shave-off for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, left, is hugged by Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz as they participate in a shave-off for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox player Shane Victorino, center, kids around with a razor as Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, right, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The Red Sox players' beards became a symbol of their solidarity as they went from worst in the AL East last year to first this year by winning the team's third World Series title in a decade. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan raises his arms after being shaved along with Boston Red Sox baseball players David Ortiz, far left, and Shane Victorino, second from left, for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan smiles as he is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Red Sox's David Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, center, raises his arms with Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, far right, while Shane Victorino, far left, is shaved for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, during a shave-off in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, left, is hugged by Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz as they participate in a shave-off for One Fund Boston, the Boston Marathon charity for bombing victims, in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Horgan, who was stationed in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park, became a city icon after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in the AL championship baseball series against Detroit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

World Series MVP David Ortiz and Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino had their beards shaved for charity yesterday 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 – some place 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 his most of his beard shaved off, leaving only a goatee.

“He’s a three-time champ and I’m a two-time champ, and he’s a little more tenured in the city than I am,” Victorino said. “It’s different look for me and something I’m definitely not accustomed to.”

But he did find another reason to enjoy his fresh look.

“My kids will be excited,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re going to recognize me when I walk in the door. My daughter was tugging on it last night and said, ‘When are you going to shave it?’ I didn’t want to let the secret out. She was still sleeping when I left this morning.”

Ortiz couldn’t resist teasing his now fresh-faced teammate.

“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.”

Victorino said he’s hoping to grow a beard back by spring training.

“It was a battle. We fought to get that beard,” Victorino said.

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.

“Mike Nap said, ‘You touch that one more time and we’re going to have to need a new DH,’ ” Ortiz recalled.

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

“It was a goal to come in and play hard and finish the season like we did for all the people that were struggling from the marathon, all the family members, the whole New England area that struggled with this and the whole country that struggled with this,” Ortiz said.

Victorino and Ortiz were joined by Fenway Park bullpen and Boston police officer Steve Horgan and fan, Michael Grant, from Leicester, Mass. Grant was selected from Gillette’s Facebook and Twitter 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.

“I started it a week before the playoffs,” Horgan said of his full beard.

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