10/10/2013 08:25 am ET

Understanding Baseball's Facial Hair Explosion


Yes, the days of implosive morale and dietary scandal are behind the Red Sox now. Beards are the story. Boston isn't a city that has ever been shy about its adoration of its baseball team, but the fake beards and the enthusiasm for the real thing are taking that bond somewhere new. Wearing a Red Sox cap every day is one thing. So is getting a Red Sox tattoo most of us will never see. Wearing a giant beard out of solidarity signifies a deepening of that commitment.

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