I’m all for charity and I believe it’s incredibly important for athletes to use their status symbols to do good for those less fortunate. With that being said, even I have to admit that auctioning off Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino and designated hitter David Ortiz’s facial hair is a bit too much.
Victorino and Ortiz went under the razor shortly after the Red Sox’s World Series victory to shave off their impressive beards. The duo, along with bullpen police officer Steve Horgan and a lucky fan, teamed up with Gillette to put the charity into motion. Several weeks later the beard trimmings are glassed in a case and ready to be sold on eBay with all the proceeds going to Movember, a charity dedicated to men’s health awareness.
“We’ve never done anything like this,” Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette, said in a statement, according to ESPN. “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.”
The beard ball comes with an autograph from Victorino and Ortiz, as well as, the razors that are responsible for the shave.
If you are interested in placing a bid for either, you can click here for Victorino and here for Ortiz. However, be prepared to make a sizeable donation as Victorino’s bid is currently at $1,625 while Ortiz’s is $4,100, with both bids expecting to rise steadily over the next nine days.