The Boston Red Sox have a long history of sporting facial hair, but they took it to a whole new level on Wednesday.
The team offered $1 tickets to fans with beards prior to the game, attempting to extend camaraderie between fans and players.
Fans got into the beard promotion, and they scored their $1 tickets with fake beards for Wednesday's game against the Orioles at Fenway.
The Red Sox players started growing out their beards as a team, and even the normally clean-shaven Jacoby Ellsbury joined in. The facial hair fad has ended up being a lucky charm for the Sox, who were picked by many experts to finish last in the AL East this season. Instead, they have the best record in baseball at 92-61.
We've seen the Red Sox grow beards like this before. Johnny Damon looked like the GEICO caveman when he played for the team, and he wasn't alone.
For those fans who joined in the festivities, tickets came cheap. Even better for them, however, was the beard chart designed by the team to help even the most novice of beard-growers.
While some guys like John Lackey refused to grow beards at first, you can see them on there now. Just about everyone on Boston's team has some type of facial hair.
First Baseman Mike Napoli
Season Stats: .260 BA, 23 HR, 90 RBI
Mike Napoli's "Siesta" look is one of my favorites.
Outfielder Jonny Gomes
Season Stats: .239 BA, 12 HR, 49 RBI
Jonny Gomes' "Ironsides" look is just awful.
Relief Pitcher Brandon Workman
Season Stats: 6-3, 4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Brandon Workman's "blue-collar" approach comes into play with his beard as well.
Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia
Season Stats: .297 BA, 9 HR, 81 RBI
Dustin Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, is rocking the "Sick Flow," but it looks like a sloppy razor job to me.
Outfielder Shane Victorino
Season Stats: .295 BA, 14 HR, 58 RBI
Shane Victorino's "Pineapple" look stems from his Hawaiian heritage.
Designated Hitter David Ortiz
Season Stats: .309 BA, 28 HR, 96 RBI
David Ortiz's "Tease" beard might be the most iconic on the team, and it fits him perfectly.
Starting Pitcher John Lackey
Season Stats: 9-12, 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP
John Lackey was once a facial hair holdout, but he's finally given in with his "Sure Thing."
But maybe he should stay away from facial hair once this is all over.
Outfielder Mike Carp
Season Stats: .307 BA, 9 HR, 39 RBI
Mike Carp brings his "Freshwater" beard to the party, but I think we're all more focused on his questionable 'stache.
Starting Pitcher Clay Buchholz
Season Stats: 11-0, 1.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
Clay Buchholz is arguably the best pitcher in the AL, and as such, he can do what he wants. I won't even make fun of his "Buck" look because he's just that good.
Starting Pitcher Ryan Dempster
Season Stats: 8-9, 4.64 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
Ryan Dempster is rocking his "Canuck" look, but unlike Buchholz, his beard is much better than his game.
Catcher David Ross
Season Stats: .200 BA, 4 HR, 7 RBI
David Ross' "Wolf" look is surprisingly well-groomed...for a silver-streaked wolf.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Season Stats: .264 BA, 13 HR, 59 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has his "Saltine" look going on, and he's the one who most closely resembles Damon's caveman look.
Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury
Season Stats: .299 BA, 8 HR, 52 RBI
And last but not least, Jacoby Ellsbury finally hopped on the bandwagon and grew a scrappy little "beard."
The Red Sox and their fans had their beards out in full force on Wednesday, with the $1 tickets quickly leading to a sell-out.
Unfortunately, the power of the beard fell short on Wednesday as the Red Sox lost to the Orioles, 5-3, despite home runs from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
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