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Beards could be here to stay for some Red Sox

Beards could be here to stay for some Red Sox


BOSTON -- All together, the Red Sox grew their facial hair to extraordinary lengths. The beards came in all shapes and sizes.

But they won't be coming off together.

"I don't know," said Dustin Pedroia. "I think [I'll shave]."

The others didn't seem eager to follow.

Pedroia was the only player who said he'd shave his beard on Saturday morning, as the Red Sox gathered at Fenway Park to prepare for a duck boat parade around the city. The rest of the squad is still undecided, though there has been talk about getting a group of players together to shave their beards for charity.

"Hopefully we can all get together and do it for a good cause," said Will Middlebrooks. "That's what we're leaning towards. We just have to do it together."

Mike Napoli won't be participating. The lumberjack look has been working for him. The free-agent-to-be said he'd be keeping his.

"Yeah, it's part of me now," he said. "I'm going to keep it."

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he was planning on keeping his too.

None of the Red Sox players showed up Saturday with clean-shaven faces.

Asked if there would be facial hair regulations for the 2014 Red Sox, manager John Farrell said, "Seriously?"

The beards might be here to stay.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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