They powered the Boston Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title, and their scraps will now go to a worthy cause. They are David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, and you can own their playoff beards now thanks to Gillette.
The Red Sox are just coming down from the high of winning a championship. This particular title run coincided with yet further evidence that playoff beards are, if not helpful, truly unforgettable.
Heck, we even took time to power rank every last Sox player who gave up shaving for the sake of victory. And now, Gillette, with the help of Victorino and Ortiz, is aiming to help more than the spirits of a raucous Sox Nation.
According to a press release, the company is auctioning off the famous facial hair in the name of goodwill and charitable intentions.
As of this writing, the bigger bid rested with Ortiz's iconic beard ($510), which makes sense because we had that beard No. 2 in our unofficial but highly thorough take.
Here are the two getting shaved thanks to a tweet from Victorino.
Before and After. pic.twitter.com/10MBDnK8Sd— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 4, 2013
Now all of this is just another giant step in the name of Movember. Many men around the nation have shunned shaving this month to raise awareness and frustrate wives.
To aid the former, Gillette is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Movember, an organization that works diligently to see that, "funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges."
Ortiz offered, through the release, "I’m glad that the beard that helped me throughout the series can now help raise funds for a great organization like Movember."
Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette, chimed in with the following:
We’ve never done anything like this. But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.
One man's beard shavings is another's reward. Sure, you might win something that would normally aggravate your wife if it was found strewn about the bathroom sink and not in the trash like I've asked you a million times...
Sorry, that became personal.
There is, as we all know, a couple of big Boston fans out there who will jump at the chance to own this memorabilia, one day asking their friends with a giant smile, "Want to see Big Papi's beard?"
So, go ahead and throw caution to the wind and donations toward eBay. You can also continue growing out that mustache that is either extremely manly and awesome at this point of the month or extremely awkward.
No matter how bountiful or paltry your Movember has been, we all understand the massive power of the beard. Thanks to Ortiz, Victorino and Gillette, that power continues well into November.
Heck, let's just keep the fun going well into Decembeard.
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